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I know there is some support for running Mathematica from Python, but is there any way to do the reverse. For example, to import some Python classes and use them in Mathematica?

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related: mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/1894/5 (I don't know enough to tell if it's a dupe or not) –  rm -rf Dec 3 '12 at 21:59
@rm-rf: Different: that relies on .NET. –  raxacoricofallapatorius Dec 3 '12 at 22:01
Google Pythonika –  Mark McClure Dec 3 '12 at 22:19
@Jens He says he wants "to import some Python classes and use them in Mathematica". That's exactly what Pythonika does. I've used it to run sage from Mathematica. One of the dumbest things I've ever done, but I did it: facstaff.unca.edu/mcmcclur/Mathematica/Sage –  Mark McClure Dec 3 '12 at 22:40
@MarkMcClure: Pythonica seems not to be a viable solution. I can't get it to load (0S X 10.8.2, Python 2.7.2, Mathematica 9.0). Are there any alternatives? –  raxacoricofallapatorius Dec 12 '12 at 1:52

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If all you want is to invoke Python scripts and use the output they generate in Mathematica, then simply

pythonOutput = Import["!python fullpathtoscript/your_scipt.py --some_opt arg arg ...", "String"];

is sufficient.

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Commands like this don't work at all for me in Mathematica 10.0.1. –  Mike Nov 21 '14 at 3:44

There's a "Python link" called Pythonika. I have used it briefly and it works.

What it does:

  • translates basic data types, including arbitrary size integers, to/from Python
  • makes it possible to implement functions in Python and call them from Mathematica

It does not provide any means to work with classes directly. Also, the implementation is rather hackish using unsafe practices (e.g. symbols are not localized to a context, and this has bitten me). To implement a link properly it would take lot more work.

I made a few basic fixes (e.g. using contexts), but I haven't used the thing in a long time. Contact me if you want the fixes.

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Does nt compile and does nt work. –  Being Human Aug 12 '14 at 20:01
Correct, it is deprecated and seems no longer maintained... –  M.R. Jan 26 at 2:36

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