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AppImage distributions of Python

Ready to use AppImages of Python are available as GitHub releases.


We provide relocatable Python runtimes as AppImages for Linux systems. These runtimes are extracted from Manylinux Docker images, and they are available as GitHub releases. Our Python AppImages are updated weekly, on every Sunday.

Instructions for installing and running Python AppImages are provided on Read the Docs.

In addition, the online documentation describes the python-appimage utility, for application developers. This utility can facilitate the building of Python apps, given an existing Python AppImage and a recipe folder. Examples of recipes are available from GitHub.

Projects using python-appimage

  • grand/python - Contained, portable and modern python for GRAND running from an AppImage
  • rever - Cross-platform software release tool.
  • ssh-mitm - ssh mitm server for security audits
  • xonsh - Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell language and command prompt
  • xxh - Bring your favorite shell wherever you go through the ssh


The python-appimage package (A) is under the GNU GPLv3 license, except for files located under python_appimage/data which are MIT licensed. Thus, the produced Manylinux Python AppImages (B) are not GPL'd. They contain a CPython distribution that is (mostly) under the PSF license. Other parts of B (e.g. AppRun) are under the MIT license.