Help installing pygtk, libglade in Windows - please

Chris Gonnerman chris.gonnerman at
Wed Jun 20 22:14:46 EDT 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank Miles" <fpm at>

> I'm trying to install pygtk and libglade on a Win9x system.  The local
> Windows guy advises me that it is necessary to edit the Windows registry
> to install DLLs.  Is this truly the case with the DLLs associated with
> these?

No.  DLL's only need to be in the PATH or in the current directory.
note that you need to install a working GTK/GDK/GLIB package BEFORE you

The easiest way is to install the GIMP for Windows (I don't have the URL
but you can just install the library packages (from the same place).

> Unfortunatley I don't have the tools to build for Windows, so
> was trying to use the binaries built for Windows; but these don't seem
> to have any installers.  I've tried editing a written for another
> program so that I could use distutils, but this hasn't worked.

Put the binaries in the Python DLLs folder (default c:\python20\dlls) or in
the c:\python20\lib directory (or c:\python21\... if you are in 2.1).

> Take pity on a Linux guy (it's _so_ much easier and simpler there)!
> I'm developing my app on Linux, but (sigh) others in my organization
> run Windows, and they have to be able to use it too...

The commonly available package for Windows doesn't contain all the features
the full pygtk on Linux/Unix... be prepared.

I have started (but not finished) building pygtk on Windows using MinGW32
What I have works fine, including gdk_imlib (which is missing from Bruer's
port) but I ran into a design flaw in the gdk_imlib bindings which I simply
haven't had time to fix.

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