How to Compile a Python Command Line Script to an EXE File?

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To compile a Python command line script to an EXE file, you can use a tool called PyInstaller. PyInstaller allows you to package your Python script and its dependencies into a standalone executable file. Here’s how you can use PyInstaller:

  1. Install PyInstaller using pip:
pip install pyinstaller
  1. Open a command prompt or terminal and navigate to the directory where your Python script is located.
  2. Run the following command to compile your script into an EXE file:
pyinstaller --onefile

Replace with the name of your Python script file.

The --onefile option tells PyInstaller to bundle everything into a single executable file. If you prefer to generate a directory with multiple files instead, you can omit the --onefile option.

PyInstaller will analyze your script, detect its dependencies, and create the executable file in a dist directory within the same directory as your script. The name of the executable file will match the name of your script.

Note that the resulting executable is platform-specific. If you want to create an executable for a different platform (e.g., Windows, macOS, Linux), you need to run PyInstaller on a machine with that specific platform.

Keep in mind that PyInstaller may have additional options and configuration options to handle specific cases or dependencies. Make sure to review the PyInstaller documentation for more details on advanced usage and customization options.

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