jython - Python seamlessly integrated with Java
[ -i ]
[ -S ]
[ -Dproperty=value ... ]
[ -jar jar | -c cmd | file | - ]
[ script-args ]
[ --help | --version ]
Jython is an implementation of the high-level, dynamic, object-oriented
language Python seamlessly integrated with the Java platform. The
predecessor to Jython, JPython, is certified as 100% Pure Java.
Jython is complementary to Java and is especially suited for the
Java programmers can add the Jython libraries to their system to allow
end users to write simple or complicated scripts that add functionality
to the application.
Jython provides an interactive interpreter that can be used to interact
with Java packages or with running Java applications. This allows
programmers to experiment with and debug any Java system using Jython.
Rapid application development:
Python programs are typically 2-10X shorter than the equivalent Java
program. This translates directly to increased programmer productivity.
The seamless interaction between Python and Java allows developers to
freely mix the two languages both during development and in shipping
To make a jython script executable on your system you can add the
following line to the top of the file:
You will also need to add execute permissions to the script using
Note that #!/usr/bin/jython
will not work; you must use
. This is because /usr/bin/jython is a script
itself, not a compiled binary.
A summary of options is included below.
Continue running Jython interactively after running the given script, and
force prompts even if standard input doesn't appear to be a terminal.
Don't imply import site on initialisation.
Set the Jython property property
for details of available properties.
The program to run is read from the file __run__.py in the
specified jar archive.
The program to run is passed as the cmd string. This option
terminates the options list.
The program to run is the script file.
The program to run is read from standard input (default behaviour).
Interactive mode is used if running on a tty. This flag allows you to
pipe a file into Jython and have it be treated correctly.
Command-line arguments to pass to the Jython script in
Print a usage message and exit.
Print the Jython version number and exit.
JAVA (default: /usr/bin/java)
The Java interpreter to use when running Jython.
JAVA_OPTIONS (default: empty)
Options to pass to the Java interpreter when running Jython.
If the Debian package jython-doc is installed,
full documentation from the Jython authors will be available in
This manual page was prepared by Ben Burton <email@example.com> for the Debian
GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). It is based upon the
official Jython documentation.