Commercial Products in Python

Paulo J. Matos pocmatos at
Tue Oct 21 21:09:03 CEST 2008

Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2008-10-21, Paulo J. Matos <pocmatos at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I was just wondering, if you wish to commercialize an application
>> developed in Python, what's the way to go?
>> I guess the only way is to sell the source, right?
>> This is because (and tell me if I am wrong):
>> 1) You can't sell an executable because Python doesn't compile to native
>> code (the usual approach, afaik);
>> 2) You can't sell the bytecode, otherwise you get the client stuck with
>> a specific python version (given bytecode might vary between versions)
>> (the alternative);
> You can bundle bytecode with a minimal Python snapshot into an
> "application".  Under Windows, it'll be mostly .dll, .zip, and
> .exe files, so the customer need not know it's Python at all
> (though it's not hard for an experienced person to figure that
> out).

Ah, ok, thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know! :) So, there is an
automatic way of creating a python 'package' that bundles the source
code with a Python snapshot! :) Any reference on how to do that?


Paulo Jorge Matos - pocmatos at

More information about the Python-list mailing list