SWIG is a program that takes C++ .h and .cpp files and generates object-oriented language bindings for various languages.
Object Pascal support
The main SWIG tree does not support Delphi/Object Pascal.
Some years ago, Stefano Moratti wrote a Delphi adapter for the SWIG code which allows automatic translation of C++ libraries into Delphi mode Object Pascal.  His patches were not integrated into mainstream SWIG, but they have been used, e.g. to create a Delphi binding for GDAL: 
In 2012, FPC mailing list user d.l.i.w. adapted the original Delphi patches to the more recent SWIG 2.0.8 source but unfortunately forgot to do it in a version-controlled repository. See here:  and more about functionality: 
Unfortunately, there have been no further efforts to incorporate this into current SWIG trunk. Additionally, FPC developers have indicated that they prefer C++ binding support to bein FPC itself but no work is being done on this currently.
UPDATE 2017: There is a SWIG 3.0.11 for Delphi and Object Pascal: 
In the configure step, it doesn't hurt to specify
, to indicate you want support for Object Pascal.
On Linux, do e.g. this (run on Debian Linux; adjust paths etc as necessary:
su - aptitude -y install build-essential yodl byacc mercurial # build-essential has compilers # yodl needed for man page install # byacc apparently needed at least on Debian x86 # mercurial needed to get the swig sources from the bitbucket repository # alternatively download, extract etc exit #to regular user, called pascaldev on this system cd ~ hg clone https://bitbucket.org/reiniero/swigdelphi cd ~/swigdelphi/swig-2.0.8 # configure: chmod ug+rx configure # tell it to install in user's home directory; adjust as necessary mkdir ~/swig ./configure --with-delphi=yes --prefix=/home/pascaldev/swig #compile: make #install: chmod ug+rx Tools/config/install-sh make install #should be installed in ~/swig now; e.g. ~/swig/bin/swig should work ~/swig/bin/swig -delphi -version
Linux x86 binaries compiled via the procedure above:
Linux x64 binaries compiled via the procedure above:
It would of course be very welcome if somebody
- got the current version into main SWIG so it is more easily usable
- improve the code
Additionnally, binary releases for e.g. Linux and Windows are warmly welcome for upload to e.g. the BitBucket repository. Please contact forum user BigChimp for that.