The Goal: Create Pythonic binding for audio/video API of AVbin library documented at http://avbin.github.com/docs/ 01: Get AVbin and compile it lib/AVbin - will contain AVbin source $ mkdir lib $ cd lib $ git clone git://github.com/AVbin/AVbin.git $ cd AVbin $ ./build.sh linux-x86-32 # refer to README if your platform is different 02. Locate AVbin headers with API description and libraries with binary code From README and filesystem inspection, the location is the following: lib/AVbin/dist/linux-x86-32/libavbin.so.9 - compiled binary library lib/AVbin/include/avbin.h - header with API that we need to port to Python 03. Setup shiboken You can install `shiboken` package on Ubuntu from PySide PPA. There is always the latest and greatest version. For other systems it's probably easier to compile it from source using https://github.com/PySide/BuildScripts (sorry, can't say anything for Windows/Mac OS user right now) $ shiboken --version shiboken v1.0.10 Copyright (C) 2009-2011 Nokia Corporation and/or its subsidiary(-ies) 04. Inspect what shiboken need to generate the bindings $ shiboken --help Usage: generator [options] header-file typesystem-file Seems like `shiboken` thinks that it is named a `generator`. Anyway, it requires header-file and typesystem-file to generate the bindings. 05. Create API mapping (mysteriously called 'typesystem') Basically, you need an XML file that defines how your C++ functions calls and types are converted to Python. This file is called 'typesystem file'.