To get a grip of the actual performance of Pymunk this page contains a number of benchmarks.

The full code of all benchmarks are available under the benchmarks folder.

Micro benchmarks

In order to measure the overhead created by Pymunk in the most common cases I have created two micro benchmarks. They should show the speed of the actual wrapping code, which can tell how big overhead Pymunk creates, and how big difference different wrapping methods does.

The most common thing a typical program using Pymunk does is to read out the position and angle from a Pymunk object. Usually this is done each frame for every object in the simulation, so this is a important factor in how fast something will be.

Given this our first test is:

t += b.position.x + b.position.y + b.angle


Running it is simple, for example like this for pymunk 4.0:

> python -m pip install pymunk==4.0
> python

The second test we do is based on the second heavy thing we can do, and that is using a callback, for example as a collision handler or a position function:

def f(b,dt):
    b.position += (1,0)




Tests run on a HP G1 1040 laptop with a Intel i7-4600U. Laptop runs Windows, and the tests were run inside a VirtualBox VM running 64bit Debian. The CPython tests uses CPython from Conda, while the Pypy tests used a manually downloaded Pypy. CPython 2.7 is using Cffi 1.7, the other tests Cffi 1.8.

Remember that these results doesn’t tell you how you game/application will perform, they can more be seen as a help to identify performance issues and know differences between Pythons.


CPython 2.7.12 CPython 3.5.2 Pypy 5.4.1
Pymunk 5.1 2.1s 2.2s 0.36s
Pymunk 5.0 4.3s 4.5s 0.37s
Pymunk 4.0 1.0s 0.9s 0.52s


CPython 2.7.12 CPython 3.5.2 Pypy 5.4.1
Pymunk 5.1 5.7s 6.8s 1.1s
Pymunk 5.0 6.5s 7.3s 1.0s
Pymunk 4.0 5.1s 6.5s 4.5s

What we can see from these results is that you should use Pypy if you have the possibility since that is much faster than regular CPython. We can also see that moving from Ctypes to Cffi between Pymunk 4 and 5 had a negative impact in CPython, but positive impact on Pypy, and Pymunk 5 together with Pypy is with a big margin the fastest option.

The speed increase between 5.0 and 5.1 happened because the Vec2d class and how its handled internally in Pymunk was changed to improve performance.