PyInstaller Manual

Version:PyInstaller 3.2
Authors:David Cortesi, based on structure by Giovanni Bajo & William Caban, based on Gordon McMillan’s manual
Copyright:This document has been placed in the public domain.

PyInstaller bundles a Python application and all its dependencies into a single package. The user can run the packaged app without installing a Python interpreter or any modules. PyInstaller supports Python 2.7 and Python 3.3+, and correctly bundles the major Python packages such as numpy, PyQt, Django, wxPython, and others.

PyInstaller is tested against Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. However, it is not a cross-compiler: to make a Windows app you run PyInstaller in Windows; to make a Linux app you run it in Linux, etc. PyInstaller has been used successfully with AIX, Solaris, and FreeBSD, but is not tested against them.

What’s New This Release

Release 3.0 is a major rewrite that adds Python 3 support, better code quality through use of automated testing, and resolutions for many old issues.

Functional changes include removal of support for Python prior to 2.7, an easier way to include data files in the bundle (Adding Files to the Bundle), and changes to the “hook” API (Understanding PyInstaller Hooks).


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