Fredrik Lundh has provided an excellent XML-RPC library for Python.
To install, download the latest version. You can either stick the *.py files in the same directory as your Python code, or you can install them in your system's Python directory.
RedHat 6.2 users can type the following:
bash$ mkdir xmlrpclib-0.9.8 bash$ cd xmlrpclib-0.9.8 bash$ unzip ../xmlrpc-0.9.8-990621.zip bash$ python python> import xmlrpclib python> import xmlrpcserver python> Control-D bash$ su -c 'cp *.py *.pyc /usr/lib/python1.5/'
We import two of the *.py files to trick Python into compiling them. Users of other platforms should consult their Python documentation.
For more Python examples, see the article XML-RPC: It Works Both Ways on the O'Reilly Network.
The following program shows how to call an XML-RPC server from Python:
import xmlrpclib # Create an object to represent our server. server_url = 'http://xmlrpc-c.sourceforge.net/api/sample.php'; server = xmlrpclib.Server(server_url); # Call the server and get our result. result = server.sample.sumAndDifference(5, 3) print "Sum:", result['sum'] print "Difference:", result['difference']