ctypes - Pointer from Address
April 27, 2011

There are times you need to construct a ctypes pointer from an integer address you have, say the id of a python object. I scratched my head for quite a while until I found out a how to do it properly (with some help from the stackoverflow guys). Here’s what I got:

import ctypes

def deref(addr, typ):
    return ctypes.cast(addr, ctypes.POINTER(typ)).contents


# get the ref count of an object (in a very nasty way :)
>>> x="hello world"
>>> deref(id(x), ctypes.c_int)
>>> y=x
>>> z=x
>>> deref(id(x), ctypes.c_int)

Some words of caution:

I’m using this code to dig into the vicious [OVERLAPPED](http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms684342(v=vs.85%29.aspx) structure that’s held inside PyOVERLAPPED for really low-level hacking… Anyway, if anyone finds this recipe useful, feel free to use it.