Build the zip file

How to set up a build environment on a Windows machine:

We don’t recommend to use pipenv because it doesn’t support -e switch for install.

When your build environment is set up, here is how to create a distribution file:

pyinstaller --noconsole eidreader/scripts/eidreader
cd dist
python -m zipfile -c eidreader

This creates a file in your dist folder.


Here is a collection of problems reported by Windows users:

  • error: command ‘swig.exe’ failed: No such file or directory

    After downloading the file you must unpack it. Did you do that? Use your Windows Explorer to find the file swig.exe. What is the full name of the folder containing this file? (for example C:\swigwin-3.0.12).

    Check your PATH environment variable (somewhere in your system settings). The valu of this variable usually contains a long text of style C:\Windows\;C:\Some\Other. It is a list of folders where Windows should search for programs. Got to the end of that value and add ;C:\swigwin-3.0.12 (don’t forget the semicolon “;” which is the separator between folders).

    After changing your PATH variable you must open a new command prompt window.