Using PyObjC, is it possible to import a Python module, call a function and get the result as (say) a NSString?

For example, doing the equivalent of the following Python code:

import mymodule
result = mymodule.mymethod() pseudo-ObjC:

PyModule *mypymod = [PyImport module:@"mymodule"];
NSString *result = [[mypymod getattr:"mymethod"] call:@"mymethod"];
+3  A: 

Not quite, AFAIK, but you can do it "the C way", as suggested for example in -- or "the Pyobjc way" as per (see also all other messages on that thread for further clarification).

Alex Martelli
+2  A: 

As mentioned in Alex Martelli's answer (although the link in the mailing-list message was broken, it should be The C way of calling..

print urllib.urlopen("").read()
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The following code should work (although it's probably not the best code ever written..)

#include <Python.h>

int main(){
    NSAutoreleasePool *pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init];

    // import urllib
    PyObject *mymodule = PyImport_Import(PyString_FromString("urllib"));
    // thefunc = urllib.urlopen
    PyObject *thefunc = PyObject_GetAttrString(mymodule, "urlopen");

    // if callable(thefunc):
    if(thefunc && PyCallable_Check(thefunc)){
        // theargs = ()
        PyObject *theargs = PyTuple_New(1);

        // theargs[0] = ""
        PyTuple_SetItem(theargs, 0, PyString_FromString(""));

        // f = thefunc.__call__(*theargs)
        PyObject *f = PyObject_CallObject(thefunc, theargs);

        // read =
        PyObject *read = PyObject_GetAttrString(f, "read");

        // result = read.__call__()
        PyObject *result = PyObject_CallObject(read, NULL);

        if(result != NULL){
            // print result
            printf("Result of call: %s", PyString_AsString(result));
    [pool release];

Also this tutorial is good