Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Non-freeze, single file distribution of your python project

In my job, I often have to share/distribute Python code to others on my development team or to others in sibling development teams.  These folks are technical and I can easily rely on them to have a reasonably contemporary version of Python already installed.  Thus I don't really want to completely freeze my Python project (via cxFreeze, py2app, py2exe, etc.).  Nor do I want to send my coworkers through the 'create a virtualenv, pip install -r, etc.).

I want a middle-ground.  I want to just send them a file, knowing that it contains all the required dependencies and will just run, assuming they have Python in their path.

I've known for a while that if you zip up a directory full of Python files and so long as the root of the zip file contains a file and you can directly run the zip file via python {}.

What I didn't know is that you can concatenate a text file containing the Python shebang ('#!/usr/bin/env python') and a python zip file and the resulting file is runnable.

#!/usr/bin/env python
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I stumbled upon a tool called pex which will automate generating these shebang/zip files.  While I found pex useful, it seems too much for my needs.  So I started cobbling together my own shebang/zip files by hand as I needed them.

Ultimately, wanted to automate this some, so I ended up creating a simple bash script (which I named '') to speed things up.  Here's that script.  Hope you find this useful.


# Creates a self-runnable, single-file deployable for your python project.
# Your python project's main entry point must be in a file named
# It will embed in the deployable every dependency you've pip-installed in
# your virtualenv .env directory.
# The deployable still requires that python is installed on the target system.

if [[ ! -d .env/lib/python2.7/site-packages ]]; then
    echo "This script must be run from a virtualenv root."
    exit 1

if [[ ! -f ]]; then
    echo "This will only work if you have a file."
    exit 1

if [[ -z "$1" ]]; then
    echo "Usage: $(basename $0) {output_filename}"
    exit 1

TMPDIR="$(mktemp -u /tmp/python.compile.XXXXXXX)"

# Create payload zip with our code (remove extra junk)
mkdir -p "$TMPDIR/deps"
zip -9 "$TMPDIR/" *
zip -d "$TMPDIR/"
zip -d "$TMPDIR/" requirements.txt
zip -d "$TMPDIR/" "$TARGET" > /dev/null

# Gather the virtualenv packages and clean them up
cp -R .env/lib/python2.7/site-packages/* "$TMPDIR/deps"
find "$TMPDIR/deps" -iname '*.pyc' -delete
find "$TMPDIR/deps" -ipath '*pip*' -delete
find "$TMPDIR/deps" -ipath '*easy_install*' -delete
find "$TMPDIR/deps" -ipath '*dist-info*' -delete

# Add the virtualenv packages to the payload
cd "$TMPDIR/deps"
zip -9 -r ../ *
cd "$CURDIR"

# Assemble the payload into a runable
echo '#!/usr/bin/env python' | cat - "$TMPDIR/" > "$TARGET"
chmod +x "$TARGET"

# Cleanup
rm -r "$TMPDIR"

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