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Simple bootstrapping of python scripts

Project description

This is an early prototype of a simple bootstrapping system for python. By importing scriptstrap into a python script, a virtual environment (“venv”) will be automatically created, dependencies installed (using pip) and the script will finally be re-launched inside the venv. This simplifies distribution of small utility scripts, as package dependencies are automatically manged by just running the script.

The intended use case for scriptstrap is single-file utility scripts only!


  • Automatic creation of virtual environment for each script
  • Dependencies are installed and imported automatically
  • Simplified script distribution
  • No additional dependencies other than python and virtualenv


  • Python 2.7 or later
  • virtualenv

Getting started

You must do a global install of scriptstrap or run it from another venv. Recommended installation is:

$ pip install scriptstrap


Simple script that downloads the Google main page and prints it:

import scriptstrap



Running the script, assuming the script is called, will create a new venv in a directory called requests.venv3 next to the script. If the script is launched again, the same venv will be re-used.

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