[vtkusers] In Python, is it possible to use class methods with array pointer inputs ?

David Gobbi david.gobbi at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 21:48:25 EDT 2016

Hi Evan,

If you are using VTK 6.1 or later, you should be able to use that method
from Python.  When a method asks for a pointer to int, float, double, etc.,
pass a Python container.  A python list is usually a good choice.

The best way to check if a method is available is with the Python help()


Help on built-in function PointInPolygon:

    V.PointInPolygon([float, float, float], int, [float, ...], [float,
         float, float, float, float, float], [float, float, float])
        -> int
    C++: static int PointInPolygon(double x[3], int numPts,
        double *pts, double bounds[6], double n[3])

    Determine whether point is inside polygon. Function uses
    ray-casting to determine if point is inside polygon. Works for
    arbitrary polygon shape (e.g., non-convex). Returns 0 if point is
    not in polygon; 1 if it is. Can also return -1 to indicate
    degenerate polygon.

On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 3:10 PM, Evan Kao <tossin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> I was wondering if there was any way to use class methods that have array
> pointer inputs in Python.  For example, I was looking at the
> vtkPolygon.PointInPolygon
> <http://www.vtk.org/doc/nightly/html/classvtkPolygon.html#a02bd9f9ae98053a1923a0231aea12d09>
> () method, which takes an array pointer specifying the points.  This C++
> example
> <http://www.vtk.org/Wiki/VTK/Examples/Cxx/Utilities/PointInPolygon>
> suggests getting the pointer by using a vtkPoints->GetVoidPointer()
> method, but that doesn't seem to yield anything usable in Python.
> Thanks,
> Evan Kao
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