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py2exe for Python 3

py2exe is a distutils extension which allows to build standalone Windows executable programs (32-bit and 64-bit) from Python scripts. Python versions included in the official development cycle are supported (from 3.6 to 3.9 included). py2exe can build console executables and windows (GUI) executables. Building windows services, and DLL/EXE COM servers might work but it is not actively supported.

Development of py2exeis hosted here:


Detailed changelog is published on GitHub.


  • Add support for Python 3.9.
  • Drop support for Python 3.5.
  • New hooks for urllib3 and pandas.

Version (from versions 0.9.x):

  • Introduce compatibility with Python 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8.
  • Drop compatibility with Python 3.4 and earlier.
  • New or updated hooks for certifi, numpy, tkinter, socket, ssl, and six.
  • build_exe: the zipfile option has been removed.
  • runtime: the Python interpreter DLL is no longer altered before being inserted in the executable bundle.
  • Several bugfixes, better error messages.


pip install py2exe

Using a setup-script

Documentation about the setup-script and other usage tips are in the wiki pages at

Using the builder

The build_exe CLI is not actively supported at the moment. Users are encouraged to create their own files. Documentation on how to use the CLI it can be found here.

Known issues

  • The modulefinder does not fully support PEP420 implicit namespace packages.
  • Building isapi extensions is not supported.
  • Unit tests rely on importlib.find_loader(name, path) which has been deprecated since Python 3.4.
  • High-level methods or hooks to embed Qt plugins in the bundle (needed by PysSide2/PyQt5) are missing.


Further informations about the original development of py2exe and other usage guidelines can be found in the original README.

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