How can I convert a .py to .exe for Python?

Steps to convert .py to .exe in Python 3.6

  1. Install Python 3.6.
  2. Install cx_Freeze, (open your command prompt and type pip install cx_Freeze.
  3. Install idna, (open your command prompt and type pip install idna.
  4. Write a .py program named
  5. Create a new python file named on the current directory of your script.
  6. In the file, copy the code below and save it.
  7. With shift pressed right click on the same directory, so you are able to open a command prompt window.
  8. In the prompt, type python build
  9. If your script is error free, then there will be no problem on creating application.
  10. Check the newly created folder build. It has another folder in it. Within that folder you can find your application. Run it. Make yourself happy.

See the original script in my blog.

from cx_Freeze import setup, Executable

base = None    

executables = [Executable("", base=base)]

packages = ["idna"]
options = {
    'build_exe': {    

    name = "<any name>",
    options = options,
    version = "<any number>",
    description = '<any description>',
    executables = executables


  • be sure that instead of you should put your .pyextension file name as created in step 4;
  • you should include each imported package in your .py into packages list (ex: packages = ["idna", "os","sys"])
  • any name, any number, any description in file should not remain the same, you should change it accordingly (ex:name = "<first_ever>", version = "0.11", description = '' )
  • the imported packages must be installed before you start step 8.

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