[vtkusers] VTKBlender installation, VTK compile configurations

Chris Want cjwant at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 16:58:14 EDT 2018

Hi Alex,

My apologies, I don't use OSX, so my ability to help will be limited.

I suspect that you will need to get python 3.5.3 for OSX from the
python project, and use the headers and libraries from there:

The python library that ships with Blender does not have the full
headers/libraries (e.g., on Linux, the only header that comes with
blender is pyconfig.h).


On 21 July 2018 at 00:27, Alexander2 <alexander.woltersom at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am fairly new to VTK and I would like to ask some clarification on how to
> compile VTK to make it work with Blender. I am using Blender 2.79b which is
> using python 3.5.3. I am running everything on MacOS
> I found this very promising work by Chris Want, however it unfortunate that
> the GitHub page is somewhat vague on what settings are used while compiling
> and installing VTK.
> VTKBlender Github <https://github.com/cwant/VTKBlender>
> This is where I expect things to go wrong for me because my VTK_build folder
> does not contain a "/lib/python3.5/site-packages" folder. Even after I
> enable the "VTK_WRAP_PYTHON" configuration.
> I know that Blender has his own python interpreter and I have also tried to
> link the:
> /Applications/Blender/blender.app/Contents/Resources/2.79/python/lib/python3.5
> /Applications/Blender/blender.app/Contents/Resources/2.79/python/include/python3.5m
> /Applications/Blender/blender.app/Contents/Resources/lib/libiomp5.dylib
> However without success, I was not able to configure it like that.
> I get errors like:
> CMake Error at CMake/FindPythonLibs.cmake:183 (FILE):
> "/Applications/Blender/blender.app/Contents/Resources/2.79/python/include/python3.5m/patchlevel.h"
>   cannot be read.
> I feel a little bit lost on what to do as there are so many parameters.
> Awaiting your suggestions and explanation,
> Alex
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