Create Executable of Python Script using cx_Freeze

In this short guide, you’ll see how to create an executable of a Python script using cx_Freeze.

Here are the full steps to create an executable on Windows.

Steps to Create an Executable using cx_Freeze

Step 1: Add Python to Windows Path

If you haven’t already done so, add Python to Windows path.

You can add Python to the path by downloading a recent version of Python, and then checking the box to ‘Add Python to PATH’ at the beginning of the installation:

Add Python to PATH

Finish the installation, and you should be good to go.

Step 2: Install the cx_Freeze Package

Next, open the Windows Command Prompt and then type the following command to install the cx_Freeze package:

pip install cx_Freeze

Step 3: Save your Python Script

Now save your Python script at your desired location.

For example, let’s create a simple Python script that displays ‘Hello World’ when clicking a button:

import tkinter as tk

root = tk.Tk()

canvas1 = tk.Canvas(root, width=300, height=300)

def hello():
    label1 = tk.Label(
        root, text="Hello World", fg="blue", font=("helvetica", 12, "bold")
    canvas1.create_window(150, 200, window=label1)

button1 = tk.Button(text="Click Me", command=hello, bg="brown", fg="white")
canvas1.create_window(150, 150, window=button1)


For demonstration purposes, let’s say that the Python script is stored in the following folder:


Where the Python script is called ‘hello‘ and the file extension is ‘.py

Step 4: Create the Executable using cx_Freeze

Now you’ll be able to create the executable of the Python script using cx_Freeze.

Simply go to the Command Prompt, and then type:

cd, followed by space, and then the location where your Python script is stored

Here is the command for our example:

C:\Users\Ron>cd C:\Users\Ron\Desktop\Test

Press Enter.

Then, refer to the following template to create the executable:

cxfreeze --target-dir dist

Since for our example, the my_script is ‘hello‘ (and the file extension is .py), then the command to create the executable is:

cxfreeze --target-dir dist

Press Enter for the last time.

Step 5: Run the Executable

Your executable will be created at the location that you specified.

For our example, it will be under the same folder where the ‘hello’ script was originally stored:


You’ll notice that the dist folder was created at that location.

To find the executable file, open the dist folder. You’ll then see the executable file:


Double click on the file, and you should be able to launch your program.

In our case, once you click on the ‘hello’ executable, you’ll get a display with a single button.

And if you click on that button, you’ll see the following expression:

Hello World

You can read more about cx_Freeze by visiting the cx_Freeze manual.

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