help removing pyQt dll from dist created with py2exe

Carlos Grohmann carlos.grohmann at
Tue Sep 14 13:02:26 CEST 2010

Hello all,

i've been trying to build an .exe with py2exe. After many tentatives,
it worked, but the total space used by the app goes to 30Mb. It is a
simple app, that uses wxpython, matplotlib and numpy. I checked the file and notived that there is a pyQt-related file there:

Pyqt - QtGui.pyo - 8 Mb

I'm not using Qt at all, so I assume it would be safe to not have this
file, but I don't see how to do it.

my file follows.

many thanks


from distutils.core import setup
import py2exe
from glob import glob

# Remove the build folder, a bit slower but ensures that build
contains the latest
import shutil
shutil.rmtree("build", ignore_errors=True)

# my is based on one generated with gui2exe, so data_files is
done a bit differently
data_files = [("Microsoft.VC90.CRT", glob(r'c:\dev\*.*'))]

includes = ['wx', 'os', 'sys', 'csv', 're', 'floatspin',
'scrolledpanel', 'customtreectrl',
            'wx.lib.expando', 'wx.lib.pubsub', 'wx.lib.embeddedimage',
'wx.lib.wordwrap', 'types',
            'matplotlib', 'matplotlib.pyplot', 'matplotlib.axes',
'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid.axislines', 'mpl_toolkits.axes_grid',
            'matplotlib.patches', 'matplotlib.lines',
'matplotlib.text', 'matplotlib.mlab', 'matplotlib.nxutils',
            'matplotlib.collections', 'matplotlib.font_manager',
'numpy', '', 'numpy.linalg', 'math', 'scipy.interpolate'

excludes = ['_gtkagg', '_tkagg', 'bsddb', 'curses', 'pywin.debugger',
            'pywin.debugger.dbgcon', 'pywin.dialogs', 'tcl',
            'Tkconstants', 'Tkinter', 'pydoc', 'doctest', 'test',
            'bsddb', 'curses', 'email','_fltkagg', '_gtk',
            '_agg2', '_cairo', '_cocoaagg',

packages = ['encodings','pytz','scipy']

dll_excludes = ['libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll', 'libgobject-2.0-0.dll',
'tcl84.dll', 'tk84.dll',
                'libgdk_pixbuf-2.0-0.dll', 'libgtk-win32-2.0-0.dll',
                'libcairo-2.dll', 'libpango-1.0-0.dll',
'libpangowin32-1.0-0.dll', 'libpangocairo-1.0-0.dll',
                'libglade-2.0-0.dll', 'libgmodule-2.0-0.dll',
'libgthread-2.0-0.dll', 'QtGui4.dll', 'QtCore.dll',

icon_resources = []
bitmap_resources = []
other_resources = []

# add the mpl mpl-data folder and rc file
import matplotlib as mpl
data_files += mpl.get_py2exe_datafiles()

                          # compressed and optimize reduce the size
    options = {"py2exe": {"compressed": 2,
                          "optimize": 2,
                          "includes": includes,
                          "excludes": excludes,
                          "packages": packages,
                          "dll_excludes": dll_excludes,
                          # using 2 to reduce number of files in dist
                          # using 1 is not recommended as it often
does not work
                          "bundle_files": 2,
                          "dist_dir": 'dist',
                          "xref": False,
                          "skip_archive": False,
                          "ascii": False,
                          "custom_boot_script": '',

    # using zipfile to reduce number of files in dist
    zipfile = r'lib\',


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