Instructions on how to build py2exe 0.6.8 (or an installer would be nice, too!)

Mike Driscoll kyosohma at
Tue Jun 10 17:34:36 CEST 2008

On Jun 10, 10:04 am, chard... at wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to build an executable with py2exe, but unfortunately the
> version I have is 0.6.6, which has a rather annoying bug that doesn't
> let you rename the executable file if you bundle everything in a
> single executable. It seems fairly unacceptable to tell our customers
> that they can't rename a file we send them.
> I hear this problem is fixed in 0.6.8, but unfortunately there's no
> standalone installer for py2exe 0.6.8 - the most recent version that
> has an installer is 0.6.6 way back from 2006 (!). Is there a
> standalone installer for py2exe 0.6.8 anywhere? If not, how do I build
> it from source? (There's no instructions in the readme - it just says
> "How to install: download the standalone installer" and doesn't
> include building instructions.)
> Cheers,
> Evan

Maybe I'm missing something, but I can rename the executables I create
using py2exe 0.6.6 to anything I want after they're created.

Or are you talking about a Windows installer for the py2exe module
itself? Where are you finding this 0.6.8 version anyway? I can't find
it on

Anyway, what Thomas is talking about is that the only way to create a
usable installer of py2exe on Windows is to use the same compiler that
the Python you are using. As I understand it, Python 2.4 and 2.5 used
Visual Studio 2003. I think 2.3 used VS6. I have both, so I can try to
compile an installer for any of those versions if you can link me to
the source.


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