2.1 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A cross-platform and Open Source program that packages Python apps into standalone executable files

editor's review




PyInstaller is an open source, free and portable graphical/command-line software implemented in Python and designed from the ground up to allow users to easily and quickly convert programs written in Python into standalone executables, which can run under on a wide range of operating systems.

Features at a glance

Key features include a flexible packaging mode (single directory, single file or custom), support for third-party packages, single-file EGG support, partial directory EGG support, as well as support for code-signing executables, but only for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Furthermore, the software comes with support for bundles (available only for Mac OS X operating systems), offers a flexible packaging mode that comprises of a single directory, single file or custom functions.

In addition, the application offers automatic support for binary libraries, support for automatic binary packing by using the ​UPX (Ultimate Packer for eXecutables) compressor, a console mode, full automatic support for CRTs, support for selectable executable icons, and support for creating COM servers.

The software also offers support for automatic binary packing using the UPX compressor, an optional console mode, and much more other features for you to discover. The standalone executables will be fully compatible with GNU/Linux, Solaris, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and AIX operating systems.

Getting started with PyInstaller

To install and use this software on your GNU/Linux operating system, you must first download the program from Softpedia, save it locally on your computer, unpack it, open a terminal emulator, and either install it or use the software without installing it, by running the “python” command for interacting with it via its graphical user interface or the “python” command to access it directly from the command-line.

It is also possible to install it via PIP, simply by using the “pip install pyinstaller” command as root (system administrator) in a terminal emulator. To use the program for converting a Python package to a standalone executable, run the “pyinstaller /path/to/” command, without quotes.

PyInstaller was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on October 29th, 2014

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