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PyInstaller needs Funding by your Company #4404

htgoebel opened this issue Aug 29, 2019 · 7 comments


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@htgoebel htgoebel commented Aug 29, 2019

An up-to-date PyInstaller saves your time!

But: Without sustainable funding PyInstaller will become unmaintained

If PyInstaller is in a good shape and your packages are bundled without trouble, this actually saves your time and makes your day, doesn't it?

Please support PyInstaller development by funding. Convince your management to allocate a budget to support the improvement of PyInstaller. Our Funding by Companies web-page provides details.

Why sustainable funding is required

While PyInstaller does quite a good job, it needs continuous maintenance, esp. updating to new package versions or Python releases. Also PyInstaller still has some rough edges and flaws. Remediating these is a lot of work - as you can seen on all these open issues and pull-requests. Too much work for a spare-time project.

Being the remaining maintainer of PyInstaller, @htgoebel is willed to spend more time on PyInstaller. While he can't spend more of my spare time, he could spend more of my paid time – if there is reasonable funding.

If reasonable funding is not achieved until January 2020, @htgoebel will retire as an maintainer. This basically means: Unless somebody else steps in, there will be nobody reviewing any pull-request, there will be not improvement and sooner or later you will not be able to use PyInstaller any more.

P.S.: Many thanks for those who donated from their personal money. We really appreciate this!

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@atvKumar atvKumar commented Sep 6, 2019

What is the status of the funding now? Are we looking at a possible dead pyinstaller?


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@BoboTiG BoboTiG commented Oct 9, 2019

@htgoebel did you receive my email (from sent several weeks ago?


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@htgoebel htgoebel commented Oct 25, 2019

Update on current funding:

. 1-time recurring
total 256,00 € 119,00 €
average 19,69 € 39,67 €

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@danyeaw danyeaw commented Oct 26, 2019

@htgoebel This doesn't solve the funding issue, because really we need some companies that make use of PyInstaller to step up. Maybe you have already thought of these things, but in case you haven't:

  1. If you signup for GitHub Sponsors it would allow for GitHub to match contributions for a year and makes it easier for people to donate
  2. Would becoming a sponsored project by TideLift be an option?

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@keelung-yang keelung-yang commented Oct 28, 2019

I want to donate personally since I use PyInstaller in recent years.
Maybe it's good idea to support AliPay and WeChatPay.
If you want to do that, I can use my account to take some testing and finish my donation by AliPay or WeChatPay.

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@jakirkham jakirkham commented Nov 9, 2019

Another option (akin to what @danyeaw has suggested) would be becoming a NumFOCUS sponsored project. Alternatively working with a company like QuanSight could help provide larger funding sources from companies looking for work on the project. Not sure if these would be options for you, but figured it would be worth sharing.


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@cbenhagen cbenhagen commented Nov 12, 2019

@htgoebel Qt is putting a lot of effort in their Python support lately. PyInstaller or tools like PyUpdater and FBS which build on top of it are the best if not only options to use if you want to deploy such an app to end-users. Did you you consider to ask the Qt Group for help?

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