Accessing Regina from Python

All of Regina's objects, classes and methods belong to the module called regina. For instance, the main 3-manifold triangulation class is regina.Triangulation3, and the main routine to read a data file is

Whenever Regina gives you access to Python (either through a graphical console, a script packet or a command-line session), it will automatically import the regina module (i.e., “import regina”), and it will import all of Regina's objects, classes and methods into the current namespace (i.e., “from regina import *”).

This means, for instance, that you create a new triangulation by just calling Triangulation3(), and you can read a data file by calling open(filename). For command-line sessions, if you wish to avoid the heavy-handed “from regina import *”, you can pass the option --noautoimport (in which case you will need to use fully qualified names such as regina.Triangulation3() and


Regina includes a complete API reference for its calculation engine, which describes in detail the objects, classes and methods that it makes available through Python. To read this documentation, select HelpPython API Reference from the menu. The API reference should open in your web browser (where you can bookmark it if you like). You can also read it online at