Create static executable from dynamic executable
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JonathonReinhart Merge pull request #74 from JonathonReinhart/trim-libtar
Trim libtar and refactor bootloader's usage
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StaticX Build Status PyPI

Bundle dynamic executables with their library dependencies so they can be run anywhere, just like a static executable.


StaticX currently works only with Linux 64-bit dynamic executables.

The following external tools need to be installed to run StaticX:

  • ldd - Part of GNU C Library
  • readelf - Part of binutils
  • objcopy - Part of binutils
  • patchelf
    • Packages available for Debian 8+, Fedora 14+, others
    • install with pip install patchelf-wrapper

The following additional tools must be installed to build StaticX from source:


From PyPI

StaticX is avaiable on PyPI. The wheels are built on Travis CI and include a bootloader built with musl-libc.

You can install using Pip. StaticX is compatible with Python 2.7 (pip) or Python 3.4+ (pip3):

sudo pip3 install staticx

Note: Python 2.7 requires the backports.lzma package to be installed. (See #45 for details.)

From source

If you have musl libc installed, you can use it to build the staticx bootloader, resulting in smaller, better binaries. Simply set the CC environment variable to your musl-gcc wrapper path:

sudo CC=/usr/local/musl/bin/musl-gcc pip3 install

Building from cloned repository

  • Ensure dependencies are installed as above.
  • Change to the root repository directory
  • Run scons
  • Run python install


Basic wrapping of an executable

staticx /path/to/exe /path/to/output

Including additional library files with the package (any number can be specified by repeating the -l option)

staticx -l /path/to/fancy/library /path/to/exe /path/to/output


This software is released under the GPLv2, with an exception allowing the bootloader to be distributed. See LICENSE.txt for more details.