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PyInstaller for Linux and Windows inside Docker

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PyInstaller Docker Images

cdrx/pyinstaller-linux and cdrx/pyinstaller-windows are a pair of Docker containers to ease compiling Python applications to binaries / exe files.

Current PyInstaller version used: 3.6.


cdrx/pyinstaller-linux and cdrx/pyinstaller-windows both have two tags, :python2 and :python3 which you can use depending on the requirements of your project. :latest points to :python3

The :python2 tags run Python 2.7.

The :python3 tag runs Python 3.7.


There are two containers, one for Linux and one for Windows builds. The Windows builder runs Wine inside Ubuntu to emulate Windows in Docker.

To build your application, you need to mount your source code into the /src/ volume.

The source code directory should have your .spec file that PyInstaller generates. If you don't have one, you'll need to run PyInstaller once locally to generate it.

If the src folder has a requirements.txt file, the packages will be installed into the environment before PyInstaller runs.

For example, in the folder that has your source code, .spec file and requirements.txt:

docker run -v "$(pwd):/src/" cdrx/pyinstaller-windows

will build your PyInstaller project into dist/windows/. The .exe file will have the same name as your .spec file.

docker run -v "$(pwd):/src/" cdrx/pyinstaller-linux

will build your PyInstaller project into dist/linux/. The binary will have the same name as your .spec file.

How do I install system libraries or dependencies that my Python packages need?

You'll need to supply a custom command to Docker to install system pacakges. Something like:

docker run -v "$(pwd):/src/" --entrypoint /bin/sh cdrx/pyinstaller-linux -c "apt-get update -y && apt-get install -y wget && /"

Replace wget with the dependencies / package(s) you need to install.

How do I generate a .spec file?

docker run -v "$(pwd):/src/" cdrx/pyinstaller-linux "pyinstaller"

will generate a spec file for in your current working directory. See the PyInstaller docs for more information.

How do I change the PyInstaller version used?

Add pyinstaller=3.1.1 to your requirements.txt.

Is it possible to use a package mirror?

Yes, by supplying the PYPI_URL and PYPI_INDEX_URL environment variables that point to your PyPi mirror.

Known Issues



[1.0] - 2016-08-26

First release, works.

[1.1] - 2016-12-13

Added Python 3.4 on Windows, thanks to @bmustiata

[1.2] - 2016-12-13

Added Python 3.5 on Windows, thanks (again) to @bmustiata

[1.3] - 2017-01-23

Upgraded PyInstaller to version 3.2.1. Thanks to @bmustiata for contributing:

  • Custom PyPi URLs
  • No longer need to supply a requirements.txt file if your project doesn't need it
  • PyInstaller can be called directly, for e.g to generate a spec file

[1.4] - 2017-01-26

Fixed bug with concatenated commands in entrypoint arguments, thanks to @alph4

[1.5] - 2017-09-29

Changed the default PyInstaller version to 3.3

[1.6] - 2017-11-06

Added Python 3.6 on Windows, thanks to @jameshilliard

[1.7] - 2018-10-02

Bumped Python version to 3.6 on Linux, thank you @itouch5000

[1.8] - 2019-01-15

Build using an older version of glibc to improve compatibility, thank you @itouch5000 Updated PyInstaller to version 3.4

[1.9] - 2020-01-14

Added a 32bit package, thank you @danielguardicore Updated PyInstaller to version 3.6



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