experimental/sources/: scikit-build-0.17.6 metadata and description

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Improved build system generator for Python C/C++/Fortran/Cython extensions

author The scikit-build team
  • Development Status :: 2 - Pre-Alpha
  • Intended Audience :: Developers
  • License :: OSI Approved :: MIT License
  • Natural Language :: English
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3 :: Only
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3.7
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3.8
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3.9
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3.10
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3.11
  • Programming Language :: Python :: 3.12
  • Typing :: Typed
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keywords scikit-build
  • Bug Tracker, https://github.com/scikit-build/scikit-build/issues
  • Changelog, https://scikit-build.readthedocs.io/en/latest/history.html
  • Discussions, https://github.com/orgs/scikit-build/discussions
  • Documentation, https://scikit-build.readthedocs.io/
  • Examples, https://github.com/scikit-build/scikit-build-sample-projects
  • Homepage, https://github.com/scikit-build/scikit-build
provides_extras test
  • distro
  • packaging
  • setuptools>=42.0.0
  • tomli; python_version < '3.11'
  • typing-extensions>=3.7; python_version < '3.8'
  • wheel>=0.32.0
  • coverage[toml]>=4.2; extra == 'cov'
  • pytest-cov>=2.7.1; extra == 'cov'
  • pygments; extra == 'docs'
  • sphinx-issues; extra == 'docs'
  • sphinx-rtd-theme>=1.0; extra == 'docs'
  • sphinx>=4; extra == 'docs'
  • sphinxcontrib-moderncmakedomain>=3.19; extra == 'docs'
  • ubelt>=0.8.2; extra == 'doctest'
  • xdoctest>=0.10.0; extra == 'doctest'
  • build>=0.7; extra == 'test'
  • cython>=0.25.1; extra == 'test'
  • importlib-metadata; python_version < '3.8' and extra == 'test'
  • pytest-mock>=1.10.4; extra == 'test'
  • pytest>=6.0.0; extra == 'test'
  • requests; extra == 'test'
  • virtualenv; extra == 'test'
requires_python >=3.7
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scikit-build is a Python build system for CPython C/C++/Fortran/Cython extensions using CMake.

The scikit-build package is fundamentally just glue between the setuptools Python module and CMake.

The next generation of scikit-build, scikit-build-core, is currently under development. This provides a simple, reliable build backend for CMake that does not use setuptools and provides a lot of new features. Scikit-build-core can also power a setuptools-based extension system, which will eventually become the backend for scikit-build (classic). If you do not require extensive customization of the build process, you should consider trying scikit-build-core instead of scikit-build.

To get started, see this example. For more examples, see scikit-build-sample-projects.

Scikit-build 0.17.6

A small fix release with some new platforms and better testing, including CPython 3.12.0b1.

Bug fixes


  • Tests now pass on CPython 3.12.0b1 in #879.

  • Tests no longer use pytest-virtualenv in #879.

  • isolated marker now includes test_distribution tests in #879.

  • Tests avoid incorrect get_map match by @keszybz in #990.

  • Fedora testing fix by @LecrisUT in #986 and #938.


  • Docs improvements in #979.

Scikit-build 0.17.5

A small fix release fixing the passing on of generator specific arguments. This fixes some cases where the Ninja generator was found but then was unable to build. NetBSD was reported to work, so was added to the BSD’s supported.

Bug fixes

  • Generator args were missing for actual compile in #975.

  • Add support for netbsd & pyodide (future) in #977.

Scikit-build 0.17.4

A followup fix to the issue 0.17.3 tried to fix. We now have a method to manually test downstream packages, too.

Bug fixes

  • Make sure include dir is found even if the lib is not present in #974.

Scikit-build 0.17.3

A small release related to PYTHON_LIBRARY handling changes in 0.17.2; scikit-build 0.17.3 returns an empty string from get_python_library if no Python library is present (like on manylinux), where 0.17.2 returned None, and previous versions returned a non-existent path. Note that adding REQUIRED to find_package(PythonLibs will fail, but it is incorrect (you must not link to libPython.so) and was really just injecting a non-existent path before.

Bug fixes

  • Keep get_python_library return type string if python lib non-existing for now in #959.

  • Avoid ‘not found’ warning if libs are not found by FindPythonExtensions in #960.

  • FindNumPy should not call FindPythonLibs in #958.

Scikit-build 0.17.2

Another small release with fixes for non-MSVC Windows platforms.

Bug fixes

  • RPM spec fix by @LecrisUT in #937.

  • Validate value before returning library path by @dlech in #942.

  • Only add Python_LIBRARY on Windows MSVC in #943 and #944.

  • Slightly nicer traceback for failed compiler in #947.


  • Hide a few warnings that are expected in #948.

Scikit-build 0.17.1

This is a small release fixing a few bugs; the primary one being a change that was triggering a bug in older FindPython. The unused variable messages have been deactivated to simplify output, as well.

Bug fixes

  • Older (<3.24) CMake breaks when lib specified in #932.

  • An error output was missing formatting in #931.

  • Make empty CMAKE_OSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET a warning (bug in conda-forge’s clang activation fixed upstream) in #934.

  • Remove unused variable warnings by in #930.


Scikit-build 0.17.0

A lot of bug fixes are present in this release, focusing on Windows, PyPy, and cross compiling. We’ve also improved the compatibility with default setuptools behaviors a little, and enabled some things that were previously unavailable, like overriding the build type via the cmake argument environment variables. We’ve expanded our CI matrix to include Windows and macOS PyPy and some Fortran tests on Linux. This release requires Python 3.7+.

Bug fixes

  • Match setuptools behavior for include_package_data default. by @vyasr in #873.

  • Misc. fixes for F2PY and PythonExtensions modules by @benbovy in #495.

  • Provide more useful error if user provides CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX by @vyasr in #872.

  • Stop assuming that .pyx files are in the same directory as CMakeLists.txt by @vyasr in #871.

  • Allow build type overriding in #902.

  • Detect PyPy library correctly on Windows by user:gershnik in #904.

  • Include library for FindPython for better Windows cross-compiles in #913. Thanks to user:maxbachmann for testing.

  • Fix logic for default generator when cross-compiling for ARM on Windows in #917 by @dlech.

  • Use f2py’s get_include if present in #877.

  • Fix support for cross-compilation exception using targetLinkLibrariesWithDynamicLookup by @erykoff in #901.

  • Treat empty MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET as if it was unset in #918.


  • Add hello fortran sample package + tests by @benbovy in #493.

  • Add sdist check & fix in #906.

  • Fix some setuptools types in #888.

  • Add PyPy Win & macOS to the CI in #907.

  • Add tests for Python 3.12 Linux alphas in #922.


  • Drop Python 3.6 in #862.

  • Move building backend to hatchling in #870.

  • Avoid mutating function input parameters in #899.

  • Use _compat/typing name in #869.


Please use the first citation when referencing scikit-build in scientific publications.

  • Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin, Matt McCormick, Omar Padron, Max Smolens, Michael Grauer, & Michael Sarahan. (2018, July 13). jcfr/scipy_2018_scikit-build_talk: SciPy 2018 Talk | scikit-build: A Build System Generator for CPython C/C++/Fortran/Cython Extensions. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2565368

  • Schreiner, Henry, Rickerby, Joe, Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf, Jakob, Wenzel, Darbois, Matthieu, Gokaslan, Aaron, Fillion-Robin, Jean-Christophe, & McCormick, Matt. (2022, August 1). Building Binary Extensions with pybind11, scikit-build, and cibuildwheel. https://doi.org/10.25080/majora-212e5952-033


PyCMake was created at SciPy 2014 in response to general difficulties building C++ and Fortran based Python extensions across platforms. It was renamed to “scikit-build” in 2016. Scikit-build-core was started in 2022.

Known Issues

These issues are likely to be addressed in upcoming releases, and are already addressed in scikit-build-core.

  • Editable installs do not work with the latest versions of Setuptools (and had issues with older versions, too).

  • Configuration scikit-build cares about _must_ be specified in setup() currently.

  • The cache directory (_skbuild) may need to be deleted between builds in some cases (like rebuilding with a different Python interpreter).

  • AIX requires a newer version of CMake than the IBM-supplied CMake 3.22.0 from the AIX Toolbox for Open Source Software. We currently recommend building CMake from source on AIX.

We are also working on improving scikit-build, so there are some upcoming changes and deprecations:

  • All deprecated setuptools/distutils features are also deprecated in scikit-build, like the test command, easy_install, etc.

  • Older versions of CMake (<3.15) are not recommended; a future version will remove support for older CMake’s (along with providing a better mechanism for ensuring a proper CMake is available).

If you need any of these features, please open or find an issue explaining what and why you need something.


Support for this work was provided by NSF cooperative agreement OAC-2209877.