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PyInstaller setuptools integration

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What is Subzero?

Subzero allows you to rapidly deploy your frozen Python application with minimal effort and additional code. Subzero does this by providing a simple and intuitive wrapper for PyInstaller coupled with an MSI builder. With a few lines of code and a single command, you can go directly from Python code to a compiled MSI installer.

How do I install it?

pip install subzero

How do I use it?

In your setup file, replace the default setup import with the followng:

from subzero import setup, Executable

Then run the following command:

python bdist_msi

That’s it! PyInstaller will build all of the entry points and scripts specified in your executable.

How do I specify options?

In your setup function, you can specify PyInstaller options as follows:

'         build_exe': {
              'hiddenimports': [],
              'pathex': [],
              'datas': [],
          'bdist_msi': {
              'upgrade_code': '{66620F3A-DC3A-11E2-B341-002219E9B01E}',
              'shortcuts': [
                  'ProgramMenuFolder\Hello World = my_project'

In addition, options can be specified on a per-executable basis replacing each script or entry point with an instance of the Executable class and initializing it with the required options, as shown below:

          'console_scripts': [
              'my_project = hello_world.__main__:main',
              Executable('gui = hello_world.__main__:gui', icon_file='Sample.ico', windowed=False),

The full array of options for build_exe is available in the PyInstaller documentation. Providing an upgrade code is strongly recommended for the bdist_msi command. A license agreement will be added to the installer if there is a license text file in the same directory as

Extended import discovery (In beta)

In case PyInstaller cannot discover all of your dependencies, you can set optimize_imports=False, as shown below. This option may discover certain imports previously not found but it may also make your application larger.

'build_exe': {
    'optimize_imports': False

Cython (currently not in tests)

Cython modules can also be built because Subzero executes the builtin build command before calling PyInstaller. The following is an example file for a Cython project:

from setuptools import find_packages, Extension
from subzero import setup

      'console_scripts': [
          'my_project = hello_world.__main__:main',

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