A Python Zip application is a quick and cool option for you to bundle and distribute an executable application in a single ready-to-run file, which will make your end users’ experience more pleasant. If you want to learn about Python applications and how to create them using
zipapp from the standard library, then this tutorial is for you.
You’ll be able to create Python Zip applications as a quick and accessible way to distribute your software products to your end users and clients.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn:
- What a Python Zip application is
- How Zip applications work internally
- How to build Python Zip applications with
- What standalone Python Zip apps are and how to create them
- How to create Python Zip apps manually using command-line tools
You’ll also learn about a few third-party libraries for creating Zip applications that overcome some limitations of
To better understand this tutorial, you need to know how to structure Python application layouts, run Python scripts, build Python packages, work with Python virtual environments, and install and manage dependencies with
pip. You also need to be comfortable using the command line or terminal.
Getting Started With Python Zip Applications
One of the most challenging problems in the Python ecosystem is finding an effective way to distribute executable applications, such as graphical user interface (GUI) and command-line interface (CLI) programs.
Compiled programming languages, such as C, C++, and Go, can generate executable files that you can run directly on different operating systems and architectures. This ability makes it easy for you to distribute software to your end users.
However, Python doesn’t work like that. Python is an interpreted language, which means that you need a suitable Python interpreter to run your applications. There’s no direct way to generate a standalone executable file that doesn’t need an interpreter to run.
There are many solutions out there that aim to solve this issue. You’ll find tools such as PyInstaller, py2exe, py2app, Nuitka, and more. Those tools allow you to create self-contained executable applications that you can distribute to your end users. However, setting these tools up can be a complex and challenging process.
Sometimes you don’t need that extra complexity. You just need to build an executable app from a script or a small program so that you can distribute it to your end users quickly. If your application is small enough and uses pure Python code, then you can be well-served with a Python Zip application.
What Is a Python Zip Application?
PEP 441 – Improving Python ZIP Application Support formalized the idea, terminology, and specification around Python Zip applications. This type of application consists of a single file that uses the ZIP file format and contains code that Python can execute as a program. These applications rely on Python’s ability to run code from ZIP files that have a
__main__.py module at their root, which works as an entry-point script.
Python has been able to run scripts from ZIP files since versions 2.6 and 3.0. The steps to achieve that are pretty straightforward. You just need a ZIP file with a
__main__.py module at its root. You can then pass that file to Python, which adds it to
sys.path and executes
__main__.py as a program. Having the application’s archive in
sys.path allows you to access its code through Python’s import system.
As a quick example of how all that works, say you’re on a Unix-like operating system, such as Linux or macOS, and you run the following commands:
$ echo 'print("Hello, World!")' > __main__.py $ zip hello.zip __main__.py adding: __main__.py (stored 0%) $ python ./hello.zip Hello, World!
You use the
echo command to create a
__main__.py file containing the code
print("Hello, World!"). Then you use the
zip command to archive
hello.zip. Once you’ve done that, you can run
hello.zip as a program by passing the filename as an argument to the
To round up the internal structure of Python Zip applications, you need a way to tell the operating system how to execute them. The ZIP file format allows you to prepend arbitrary data at the beginning of a ZIP archive. Python Zip applications take advantage of that feature to include a standard Unix shebang line in the application’s archive:
On Unix systems, this line tells the operating system which program to use for executing the file at hand so that you can run the file directly without the
python command. On Windows systems, the Python launcher properly understands the shebang line and runs the Zip application for you.
Even with a shebang line, you can always execute a Python Zip application by passing the application’s filename as an argument to the
In summary, to build a Python Zip application, you need:
- An archive that uses the standard ZIP file format and contains a
__main__.pymodule at its root
- An optional shebang line that specifies the appropriate Python interpreter to run the application
__main__.py module, your application’s ZIP file can contain Python modules and packages and any other arbitrary files. However, only
.pyo files are available for direct use through the import system. In other words, you can pack
.dll files in your application’s file but you won’t be able to use them unless you unzip them into your file system.
Note: The impossibility to execute code from
.dll files stored in a ZIP file is a limitation of the operating system. This limitation makes it difficult to create Zip applications that ship and use
The Python ecosystem is full of useful libraries and tools written in C or C++ to guarantee speed and efficiency. Even though you can bundle any of those libraries into a Zip application’s archive, you won’t be able to use them directly from there. You’ll need to unzip the library into your file system and then access its components from that new location.
PEP 441 proposed
.pyzw as file extensions for Python Zip applications. The
.pyz extension identifies console or command-line applications, while the
.pyzw extension refers to windowed or GUI applications.
On Unix systems, you can remove the
.pyz extension if you prefer a plain command name for your CLI applications. On Windows, the
.pyzw files are executable files because the Python interpreter registers them as such.
Why Use Python Zip Applications?
Say you have a program that your team uses a lot for their internal workflow. The program has grown beyond a single-file script into a full-fledged application with multiple packages, modules, and files.
At this point, some team members struggle to install and set up every new version. They keep asking you for a faster and easier way to set up and run the program. In that situation, you should consider creating a Python Zip application to bundle your program into a single file and distribute it as a ready-to-run app to your coworkers.
Python Zip applications are an excellent option for publishing software that you must distribute as a single executable file. It’s also a handy way to distribute software using informal channels, such as sending it through a computer network or hosting it on an FTP server.
Python Zip applications are convenient and quick ways to package and distribute Python applications in a ready-to-run format that can make your end user’s life much more pleasant.
How Do I Build a Python Zip Application?
As you’ve already learned, a Python Zip application consists of a standard ZIP file containing a
__main__.py module, which works as the application’s entry point. When you run the application, Python automatically adds its container (the ZIP file itself) to
sys.path so that
__main__.py can import objects from the modules and packages shaping the application.
To build a Python Zip application, you can run the following general steps:
- Create the application’s source directory containing a
- Zip the application’s source directory.
- Add an optional Unix shebang line to define the interpreter for running the application.
- Make the application’s ZIP file executable. This step applies to Unix-like operating systems only.
These steps are pretty straightforward and quick to run. With them, you can build a Python Zip application manually in a couple of minutes if you have the required tools and knowledge. However, the Python standard library includes a more convenient and faster solution for you.
In this tutorial, you’ll focus on creating Python Zip applications using
zipapp. However, you’ll also learn how to run the whole series of steps manually using different tools. This additional knowledge can help you understand the entire process of creating Python Zip applications more deeply. It’ll also be helpful if you’re using a Python version lower than 3.5.
Setting Up a Python Zip Application
Up to this point, you’ve learned what Python Zip applications are, how to structure them, why to use them, and what steps you need to follow when creating them. You’re ready to start building your own. First, though, you need to have a functional application or script to use for your Python Zip app.
To follow along, you should clone the repository of
reader into your local machine. Open your command line in a working directory of your choice and run the following command:
$ git clone https://github.com/realpython/reader.git
This command downloads the full contents of the
reader repository into a
reader/ folder in your current directory.
Once you’ve cloned the repository, you need to install the application’s dependencies. First, you should create a Python virtual environment. Go ahead and run the following commands:
$ cd reader/ $ python3 -m venv ./venv $ source venv/bin/activate
These commands create and activate a new Python virtual environment in the
reader/ directory, which is the root directory of the
Note: To create and activate a virtual environment on Windows, you can run the following commands:
C:> python -m venv venv C:> venvScriptsactivate.bat
If you’re on a different platform, then you may need to check out Python’s official documentation on creating virtual environments.
Now you can install the dependencies of
(venv) $ python -m pip install feedparser html2text importlib_resources
Running the command above will install all the application’s dependencies in your active Python virtual environment.
Note: Since Python 3.7,
importlib_resources is available in the standard library as
importlib.resources. So, if you’re using a version greater than or equal to 3.7, you don’t need to install this library. Just change the corresponding import in the
__init__.py file that defines the
(venv) $ python -m reader The latest tutorials from Real Python (https://realpython.com/) 0 The Django Template Language: Tags and Filters 1 Pass by Reference in Python: Best Practices 2 Using the "and" Boolean Operator in Python ...
This output will be different for you since
reader lists the thirty latest learning resources in the feed. Each learning resource has an ID number. To get the contents of one item out of these learning resources, you can pass the corresponding ID number as a command-line argument to
(venv) $ python -m reader 2 Using the "and" Boolean Operator in Python Python has three Boolean operators, or **logical operators** : `and`, `or`, and `not`. You can use them to check if certain conditions are met before deciding the execution path your programs will follow. In this tutorial, you'll learn about the `and` operator and how to use it in your code. ...
This command prints part of the contents of the article Using the “and” Boolean Operator in Python to your screen using the Markdown text format. You can read any of the available pieces of content by changing the ID number.
To create a Zip application from the
reader repository, you’ll mainly use the
reader/ folder. This folder has the following structure:
reader/ | ├── config.cfg ├── feed.py ├── __init__.py ├── __main__.py └── viewer.py
The most significant fact to note from the
reader/ directory is that it includes a
__main__.py file. This file enables you to execute the package using the
python -m reader command as you did before.
__main__.py file provides the required entry-point script to create a Python Zip application. In this example, the
__main__.py file is inside the
reader package. If you create your Zip application using this directory structure, then your app won’t run because
__main__.py won’t be able to import objects from
To work around this, copy the
reader package to an external directory called
realpython/ and place the
__main__.py file at its root. Then remove the
__pycache__/ folder that results from running
python -m reader, which you did before. You should end up with the following directory structure:
realpython/ │ ├── reader/ │ ├── __init__.py │ ├── config.cfg │ ├── feed.py │ └── viewer.py │ └── __main__.py
With this new directory structure, you’re ready to create your first Python Zip application with
zipapp. That’s what you’ll do in the following section.
Building a Python Zip Application With
To create your first Python Zip application, you’ll use
zipapp. This module implements a user-friendly command-line interface that provides the required options for you to build a full-fledged Zip application with a single command. You can also use
zipapp from your code through the module’s Python API, which mainly consists of a single function.
In the following two sections, you’ll learn about both approaches to building Zip applications using
zipapp From the Command Line
The command-line interface of
zipapp streamlines the process of packing Python applications into ZIP files. Internally,
zipapp creates a Zip application from the source code by running the steps you learned before.
zipapp from the command line, you should use the following command syntax:
$ python -m zipapp <source> [OPTIONS]
source is a directory, then this command creates a Zip application from that directory’s contents. If
source is a file, then that file should be a ZIP file containing the application’s code. The contents of the input ZIP file are then copied to the target application archive.
Here’s a summary of the command-line options that
||Writes the Zip application into a file called
||Adds a shebang line to the application’s archive. If you’re on a POSIX system, then
||Generates and writes a proper
||Compresses the contents of
This table provides a minimal description of the command-line options for
zipapp. For further details on specific behaviors of each option, check out the official documentation.
Now that you know the basics of using
zipapp from the command line, it’s time to build the
reader Zip application. Go back to your terminal window and run the following command:
(venv) $ python -m zipapp realpython/ -o realpython.pyz -p "/usr/bin/env python3"
In this command, you set the
realpython/ directory as the source for your Zip application. With the
-o option, you provide a name for the application’s archive,
realpython.pyz. Finally, the
-p option lets you set the interpreter that
zipapp will use to build the shebang line.
That’s it! Now you’ll have a
realpython.pyz file in your current directory. You’ll learn how to execute that file in a moment.
To showcase the
--main command-line options of
zipapp, say you decide to change the
reader project layout and rename
cli.py while moving the file back to the
reader package. Go ahead and create a copy of your
realpython/ directory and make the suggested changes. After that, the copy of
realpython/ should look like this:
realpython_copy/ │ └── reader/ ├── __init__.py ├── cli.py ├── config.cfg ├── feed.py └── viewer.py
At the moment, your application’s source directory doesn’t have a
__main__.py module. The
-m command-line option of
zipapp allows you to generate it automatically:
$ python -m zipapp realpython_copy/ -o realpython.pyz -p "/usr/bin/env python3" -m "reader.cli:main"
This command takes the
-m option with
"reader.cli:main" as an argument. This input value tells
zipapp that the entry-point callable for the Zip application is
main() from the
cli.py module in the
__main__.py file has the following contents:
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*- import reader.cli reader.cli.main()
__main__.py file is then packaged, along with your application’s source, into a ZIP archive named
zipapp From Python Code
zipapp also has an application programming interface (API) that you can use from your Python code. This API mostly consists of a function called
create_archive(). With this function, you can create a Python Zip application quickly:
>>> import zipapp >>> zipapp.create_archive( ... source="realpython/", ... target="realpython.pyz", ... interpreter="/usr/bin/env python3", ... )
This call to
create_archive() takes a first argument called
source that represents the source of your Zip application. The second argument,
target, holds the filename for the app’s archive. Finally,
interpreter holds the interpreter to build and add as the shebang line to the app’s ZIP archive.
Here’s a summary of the arguments that
create_archive() can take:
sourcecan take the following objects:
- A string-based path to an existing source directory
- A path-like object referring to an existing source directory
- A string-based path to an existing Zip application archive
- A path-like object referring to an existing Zip application archive
- A file-like object opened for reading and pointing to an existing Zip application archive
targetaccepts the following objects:
- A string-based path to the target Zip application file
- A path-like object to the target Zip application file
interpreterspecifies a Python interpreter, which is written as a shebang line at the beginning of the resulting application archive. Omitting this argument results in no shebang line and no execution permission for the application.
mainspecifies the name of the callable that
zipappwill use as the entry point for the target archive. You provide a value for
mainwhen you don’t have a
filtertakes a Boolean-valued function that should return
Trueif a given file in the source directory should be added to the final Zip application file.
compressedaccepts a Boolean value that determines whether you want to compress the source files or not.
Most of these arguments have an equivalent option in the command-line interface of
zipapp. The example above uses just the first three arguments. Depending on your specific needs, you might use other arguments as well.
Running a Python Zip Application
So far, you’ve learned how to create Python Zip applications using
zipapp from the command line and Python code. Now it’s time to run your
realpython.pyz app to make sure it works.
If you’re on a Unix-like system, then you can run your application by executing the following:
(venv) $ ./realpython.pyz The latest tutorials from Real Python (https://realpython.com/) 0 The Django Template Language: Tags and Filters 1 Pass by Reference in Python: Best Practices 2 Using the "and" Boolean Operator in Python ...
Cool! It works! Now you have a single application file that you can quickly share with friends and colleagues.
You don’t need to invoke Python to run the application from the command line anymore. Since your Zip application archive has a shebang line at the beginning, the operating system will automatically use your active Python interpreter to run the contents of the target archive.
Note: For your application to run, you need to have all the required dependencies installed in your Python environment. Otherwise, you’ll get an
If you’re on Windows, then your Python installation should have registered
.pyzw files and should be able to run them:
C:> .realpython.pyz The latest tutorials from Real Python (https://realpython.com/) 0 The Django Template Language: Tags and Filters 1 Pass by Reference in Python: Best Practices 2 Using the "and" Boolean Operator in Python ...
reader application you’re using in this tutorial has a command-line interface, so it makes sense to run it from the command line or terminal window. However, if you have a GUI application, then you’ll be able to run it from your favorite file manager as you usually run executable apps.
Again, you can execute any Zip application by invoking the appropriate Python interpreter with the application’s filename as an argument:
$ python3 realpython.pyz The latest tutorials from Real Python (https://realpython.com/) 0 The Django Template Language: Tags and Filters 1 Pass by Reference in Python: Best Practices 2 Using the "and" Boolean Operator in Python ...
In this example, you use the system Python 3.x installation to run
realpython.pyz. If you have many Python versions on your system, then you may need to be more specific and use a command like
Note that whatever interpreter you use, you need to have the application’s dependencies installed. Otherwise, your application will fail. Having unsatisfied dependencies is a common issue with Python Zip applications. To work around this annoying situation, you can create a standalone application, which is the topic of the following section.
Creating a Standalone Python Zip App With
You can also use
zipapp to create self-contained or standalone Python Zip applications. This type of application bundles all its dependencies into the app’s ZIP file. This way, your end users only need a suitable Python interpreter for running the application. They don’t need to worry about dependencies.
To create a standalone Python Zip application, you first need to install its dependencies into the source directory using
pip. Go ahead and create a copy of your
realpython/ directory with the name
realpython_sa/. Then run the following command to install the app’s dependencies:
(venv) $ python -m pip install feedparser html2text importlib_resources --target realpython_sa/
This command installs all the dependencies of
pip install with the
--target option. The documentation of
pip says that this option allows you to install packages into a target directory. In this example, that directory must be your app’s source directory,
Note: If your application has a
requirements.txt file, then you can take a shortcut to install the dependencies.
You can run the following command instead:
(venv) $ python -m pip install -r requirements.txt --target app_directory/
With this command, you install all the dependencies listed in the app’s
requirements.txt file into the
Once you’ve installed the dependencies of
realpython_sa/, you can optionally remove the
*.dist-info directories that
pip creates. These directories contain several files with metadata that
pip uses to manage the corresponding package. Since you don’t need that information any longer, you can get rid of it.
The final step in the process is to build the Zip application using
zipapp as usual:
(venv) $ python -m zipapp realpython_sa/ -p "/usr/bin/env python3" -o realpython_sa.pyz -c
This command produces a standalone Python Zip application in
realpython_sa.pyz. To run this application, your end users just need to have a proper Python 3 interpreter on their machine. The advantage of this kind of application compared to a regular Zip application is that your end users don’t need to install any dependencies to run the application. Go ahead and give it a try!
In the example above, you use the
-c option of
zipapp to compress the contents of
realpython_sa/. This option can be fairly convenient for applications with many dependencies that take a significant amount of disk space.
Creating a Python Zip Application Manually
As you’ve already learned,
zipapp has been available in the standard library since Python 3.5. If you’re using a Python version lower than that, then you can still build your Python Zip applications manually without the need for
In the following two sections, you’ll learn how to create a Zip application using
zipfile from the Python standard library. You’ll also learn how to use some command-line tools to achieve the same task.
You already have the
realpython/ directory with the
reader application’s source files. The next step to manually build a Python Zip application from that directory is to archive it into a ZIP file. To do that, you can use
zipfile. This module provides convenient tools to create, read, write, append, and list the contents of ZIP files.
The code below shows how to create the
reader Zip application using
zipfile.ZipFile and a few other tools. For example, the code relies on
stat to read the contents of the source directory and set execution permission to the resulting file:
# build_app.py import pathlib import stat import zipfile app_source = pathlib.Path("realpython/") app_filename = pathlib.Path("realpython.pyz") with open(app_filename, "wb") as app_file: # 1. Prepend a shebang line shebang_line = b"#!/usr/bin/env python3n" app_file.write(shebang_line) # 2. Zip the app's source with zipfile.ZipFile(app_file, "w") as zip_app: for file in app_source.rglob("*"): member_file = file.relative_to(app_source) zip_app.write(file, member_file) # 3. Make the app executable (POSIX systems only) current_mode = app_filename.stat().st_mode exec_mode = stat.S_IEXEC app_filename.chmod(current_mode | exec_mode)
This code runs the three required steps to end up with a full-fledged Python Zip application. The first step adds a shebang line to the application’s file. It uses
open() in a
with statement to create a file object (
app_file) to handle the application. Then it calls
.write() to write the shebang line at the beginning of
Note: You should encode the shebang line in UTF-8 if you’re on Windows. If you’re on a POSIX system, such as Linux and macOS, you should encode it in whatever filesystem encoding
The second step zips the application’s source directory contents using
ZipFile in a nested
with statement. The
for loop iterates over the files in
pathlib.Path.rglob() and writes them to
zip_app. Note that
.rglob() searches for files and directories recursively through the target folder,
member_file, of each file in the final ZIP archive needs to be relative to the app’s source directory to ensure that the internal structure of the application’s ZIP file matches the structure of the source,
realpython/. That’s why you use
pathlib.Path.relative_to() in the example above.
Finally, the third step makes the application’s file executable using
pathlib.Path.chmod(). To do this, you first get the current mode of the file using
pathlib.Path.stat() and then combine this mode with
stat.S_IEXEC using the bitwise OR operator (
|). Note that this step only has an effect on POSIX systems.
After running these steps, your
realpython.pyz application is ready to go. Go ahead and give it a try from your command line.
Using Unix Command-Line Tools
If you’re on a Unix-like system, such as Linux and macOS, then you can also run the three steps from the previous section using specific tools from your command line. For example, you can use the
zip command to zip the contents of the application’s source directory:
$ cd realpython/ $ zip -r ../realpython.zip *
In this example, you first
cd into the
realpython/ directory. Then you zip the contents of
realpython.zip using the
zip command with the
-r option. This option recursively traverses the target directory.
Note: Another option would be to use Python’s
zipfile from the command line.
To do so, run the following command from outside the
$ python -m zipfile --create realpython.zip realpython/*
--create command-line option of
zipfile allows you to create a ZIP file from a source directory. The asterisk (
*) appended to the
realpython/ directory tells
zipfile to put the contents of that directory at the root of the resulting ZIP file.
The next step is to add a shebang line to the ZIP file,
realpython.zip, and save it as
realpython.pyz. To that end, you can use the
cat commands in a pipe:
$ cd .. $ echo '#!/usr/bin/env python3' | cat - realpython.zip > realpython.pyz
cd .. command gets you back out of
echo command sends
'#!/usr/bin/env python3' to the standard output. The pipe character (
|) passes the contents of the standard output to the
cat command. Then
cat concatenates the standard output (
-) with the contents of
realpython.zip. Finally, the greater-than sign (
>) redirects the
cat output to the
Finally, you may want to make the application’s file executable with the
$ chmod +x realpython.pyz
chmod adds execution permission (
realpython.pyz. Now you’re ready to run your application again, which you can do from the command line as usual.
Using Third-Party Tools to Create Python Apps
In the Python ecosystem, you’ll find a few third-party libraries that work similarly to
zipapp. They provide many more features and can be useful to explore. In this section, you’ll learn about two of these third-party libraries:
pex project provides a tool to create PEX files. PEX stands for Python executable and is a file format that stores self-contained executable Python virtual environments. The
pex tool packs these environments into ZIP files with a shebang line and a
__main__.py module, which allows you to execute the resulting PEX file directly. The
pex tool is an expansion on the ideas outlined in PEP 441.
To create an executable application with
pex, you first need to install it:
(venv) $ python -m pip install pex (venv) $ pex --help pex [-o OUTPUT.PEX] [options] [-- arg1 arg2 ...] pex builds a PEX (Python Executable) file based on the given specifications: sources, requirements, their dependencies and other options. Command-line options can be provided in one or more files by prefixing the filenames with an @ symbol. These files must contain one argument per line. ...
pex tool provides a rich set of options that allows you to fine-tune your PEX files. The following command shows how to create a PEX file for the
(venv) $ pex realpython-reader -c realpython -o realpython.pex
This command creates
realpython.pex in your current directory. This file is a Python executable for
reader. Note that
pex handles the installations of
reader and all its dependencies from PyPI. The
reader project is available on PyPI with the name
realpython-reader, which is why you use that name as the first argument to
-c option allows you to define which console script the application will use. In this case, the console script is
realpython as defined in the
setup.py file of
-o option specifies the output file. As usual, you can execute
./realpython.pex from your command line to run the application.
Since the contents of the
.pex file are unzipped before execution, PEX applications solve the limitation of
zipapp applications and allow you to execute code from
A final detail to note is that
pex creates and packs a Python virtual environment in the resulting PEX file. This behavior makes your Zip application a lot bigger than a regular app created with
The second tool you’ll learn about in this section is
shiv. It’s a command-line utility for building self-contained Python Zip applications as described in PEP 441. The advantage of
shiv compared to
zipapp is that
shiv automatically includes all of the app’s dependencies in the final archive and makes them available in Python’s module search path.
shiv, you need to install it from PyPI:
(venv) $ python -m pip install shiv (venv) $ shiv --help Usage: shiv [OPTIONS] [PIP_ARGS]... Shiv is a command line utility for building fully self-contained Python zipapps as outlined in PEP 441, but with all their dependencies included! ...
--help option shows a complete usage message that you can check for a quick understanding of how
To build a Python Zip application with
shiv, you need an installable Python application with a
pyproject.toml file. Fortunately, the original
reader project from GitHub fulfills this requirement. Go back to the directory containing the cloned
reader/ folder and run the following command:
(venv) $ shiv -c realpython -o realpython.pyz reader/ -p "/usr/bin/env python3"
shiv has a
-c option to define a console script for the application. The
-p options allow you to provide an output filename and a proper Python interpreter, respectively.
Note: The command above works as expected. However, the current version of
shiv (0.5.2) makes
pip display a deprecation message regarding how it builds packages. Since
pip arguments directly, you can place
--use-feature=in-tree-build at the end of the command so that
shiv enables you to use the
.dll files you store in the application’s archive. To do so,
shiv includes a special bootstrap function within the archive. This function unpacks the application’s dependencies into a
.shiv/ directory in your home folder and adds them to Python’s
This feature allows you to create standalone applications that include libraries that are partially written in C and C++ for speed and efficiency, such as NumPy.
Having a quick and efficient way to distribute your Python executable applications can make the difference in satisfying your end users’ needs. Python Zip applications provide an effective and accessible solution for you to bundle and distribute ready-to-run applications. You can use
zipapp from the Python standard library to quickly create your own executable Zip applications and pass them along to your end users.
In this tutorial, you learned:
- What a Python Zip application is
- How Zip applications work internally
- How to build your own Python Zip applications with
- What standalone Zip apps are and how to create them using
- How to create Python Zip applications manually using command-line tools
With this knowledge, you’re ready to quickly create Python Zip applications as a convenient way to distribute your Python programs and scripts to your end users.