Including binary files in a .py file; advice needed

Peter Abel p-abel at
Fri Jun 6 13:53:41 CEST 2003

Gary Duncan <gmduncan at> wrote in message news:<3EDEB0A6.202 at>...
> Here's what I want to do; distribute a .py file (a GUI app) with
> an embedded (binary) .GIF file (a photo of me at 1 yo ;) rather than
> distribute both separately. For convenience, mainly.
> If in a Unix shell script, I'd uuencode the .GIF and include the 
> printable-ASCII file in it as a 'here' file. When executed the script
> would 'cat' it out to e.g. a /tmp file from the main body of the script, 
> then uudecode the /tmp file to revert to the original .GIF file.
> I imagine in Python, one could place the uuencoded file (lines)
> as a triple-quoted string, then uudecode it the .py program.
> Anything better ?
> The Martellibot's PIAN is silent on this ;
>     fine book otherwise <0.9 wink>
> - Gary

Suppose you deal with TKinter. There is small tool which
does exactly what you want, I guess.

imageEmbedder 1.01 utility from


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