py2exe is a Python extension which converts Python scripts (.py) into Microsoft Windows executables (.exe). These executables can run on a system without Python installed. It is the most common tool for doing so.
Since May 2014, there is a version of py2exe available for Python 3. Before then, py2exe was made only for Python 2, and it was necessary to use an alternative like cx_Freeze for Python 3 code.
Although this program transforms a .py file to an .exe, it does not make it run faster as py2exe just bundles the Python bytecode rather than converting it to machine-code. It may even run slower than using the Python interpreter directly because of startup overhead.
- Official website
- py2exe on SourceForge.net
- Download link
- Alternative: PyInstaller (also supports GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and other platforms)
- Alternative: cx_Freeze
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