Setup Python Protocol Buffer Mac OS16 Oct 2018
Protocol buffers are a flexible, efficient and automated mechanism for serializing structured data. They are like XML but much simpler, faster and smaller. We define the structure and then generate source code to easily write and read from a variety of data sources.
Dependencies to build Protocol Buffer
The following dependencies are required to successfully build and install Protocol Buffers.
$ brew install libtool autoconf automake
Building Protocol Buffer: Python
- Download the appropriate python release here: https://github.com/google/protobuf/releases
- Unzip the folder
- Enter the folder and run
$ ./autogen.sh $ ./configure $ make -j4
Note: The -j[n] tells the
make command to use multiple jobs in the build process. You can change
n depending on your
Verify and install
After the build completes, verify and install Protocol Buffers using the below commands.
$ make -j4 check
$ sudo make install
Check your installation
Ocne the installation is successful, check the version and path to validate the installation.
$ which protoc
$ protoc --version
Install Python Packages
To use the generated classes in your code, we need a couple of Python packages.
pip install google protobuf
Go through the Protocol Buffer Basics: Python tutorial from google.