pyi-makespec

SYNOPSIS

pyi-makespec <options> SCRIPT [SCRIPT …]

DESCRIPTION

The spec file is the description of what you want PyInstaller to do with your program. pyi-makespec is a simple wizard to create spec files that cover basic usages:

pyi-makespec [--onefile] yourprogram.py

By default, pyi-makespec generates a spec file that tells PyInstaller to create a distribution directory contains the main executable and the dynamic libraries. The option --onefile specifies that you want PyInstaller to build a single file with everything inside.

In most cases the specfile generated by pyi-makespec is all you need. If not, see When things go wrong in the manual and be sure to read the introduction to Spec Files.

OPTIONS

-h, --help show this help message and exit
--log-level LEVEL
 Amount of detail in build-time console messages. LEVEL may be one of TRACE, DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR, CRITICAL (default: INFO).

What to generate

-D, --onedir Create a one-folder bundle containing an executable (default)
-F, --onefile Create a one-file bundled executable.
--specpath DIR Folder to store the generated spec file (default: current directory)
-n NAME, --name NAME
 Name to assign to the bundled app and spec file (default: first script’s basename)

How to generate

-d <all,imports,bootloader,noarchive>, --debug <all,imports,bootloader,noarchive>
 R|Provide assistance with debugging a frozen application. This argument may be provided multiple times to select several of the following options. - all: All three of the following options. - imports: specify the -v option to the underlying Python interpreter, causing it to print a message each time a module is initialized, showing the place (filename or built-in module) from which it is loaded. See https://docs.python.org/3/using/cmdline.html#id4. - bootloader: tell the bootloader to issue progress messages while initializing and starting the bundled app. Used to diagnose problems with missing imports. - noarchive: instead of storing all frozen Python source files as an archive inside the resulting executable, store them as files in the resulting output directory.
-s, --strip Apply a symbol-table strip to the executable and shared libs (not recommended for Windows)
--noupx Do not use UPX even if it is available (works differently between Windows and *nix)

Windows and Mac OS X specific options

-c, --console, --nowindowed
 Open a console window for standard i/o (default)
-w, --windowed, --noconsole
 Windows and Mac OS X: do not provide a console window for standard i/o. On Mac OS X this also triggers building an OS X .app bundle. This option is ignored in *NIX systems.
-i <FILE.ico or FILE.exe,ID or FILE.icns>, --icon <FILE.ico or FILE.exe,ID or FILE.icns>
 FILE.ico: apply that icon to a Windows executable. FILE.exe,ID, extract the icon with ID from an exe. FILE.icns: apply the icon to the .app bundle on Mac OS X

Windows specific options

--version-file FILE
 add a version resource from FILE to the exe
-m <FILE or XML>, --manifest <FILE or XML>
 add manifest FILE or XML to the exe
-r RESOURCE, --resource RESOURCE
 Add or update a resource to a Windows executable. The RESOURCE is one to four items, FILE[,TYPE[,NAME[,LANGUAGE]]]. FILE can be a data file or an exe/dll. For data files, at least TYPE and NAME must be specified. LANGUAGE defaults to 0 or may be specified as wildcard * to update all resources of the given TYPE and NAME. For exe/dll files, all resources from FILE will be added/updated to the final executable if TYPE, NAME and LANGUAGE are omitted or specified as wildcard *.This option can be used multiple times.
--uac-admin Using this option creates a Manifest which will request elevation upon application restart.
--uac-uiaccess Using this option allows an elevated application to work with Remote Desktop.

Windows Side-by-side Assembly searching options (advanced)

--win-private-assemblies
 Any Shared Assemblies bundled into the application will be changed into Private Assemblies. This means the exact versions of these assemblies will always be used, and any newer versions installed on user machines at the system level will be ignored.
--win-no-prefer-redirects
 While searching for Shared or Private Assemblies to bundle into the application, PyInstaller will prefer not to follow policies that redirect to newer versions, and will try to bundle the exact versions of the assembly.

Mac OS X specific options

--osx-bundle-identifier BUNDLE_IDENTIFIER
 Mac OS X .app bundle identifier is used as the default unique program name for code signing purposes. The usual form is a hierarchical name in reverse DNS notation. For example: com.mycompany.department.appname (default: first script’s basename)

Rarely used special options

--runtime-tmpdir PATH
 Where to extract libraries and support files in onefile-mode. If this option is given, the bootloader will ignore any temp-folder location defined by the run-time OS. The _MEIxxxxxx-folder will be created here. Please use this option only if you know what you are doing.
--bootloader-ignore-signals
 Tell the bootloader to ignore signals rather than forwarding them to the child process. Useful in situations where e.g. a supervisor process signals both the bootloader and child (e.g. via a process group) to avoid signalling the child twice.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

PYINSTALLER_CONFIG_DIR:
 This changes the directory where PyInstaller caches some files. The default location for this is operating system dependent, but is typically a subdirectory of the home directory.

SEE ALSO

pyinstaller(1), The PyInstaller Manual https://pyinstaller.readthedocs.io/, Project Homepage http://www.pyinstaller.org