This page contains instructions on how to build and package Tribler.
This section contains information about building Tribler on Windows. In the end you should be left with a
.exe file which, when opened, enables users to install Tribler on their system.
This guide installs a 64-bit version of Tribler and has been tested on Windows 10 and Windows 2008 Server R2, 64-bit. It is recommended to create this builder on a system that is already able to run Tribler from a git checkout (it means that all the required packages required by Tribler are installed already). In case you want to build a 32 bit version, just install all the dependencies mentioned in 32 bit version.
Information about setting up a developer environment on Windows can be found on tribler_dev_windows.
When you have installed zope, an empty
__init__.py file must be present in the zope folder. If this file is missing, a
No module named zope error will be thrown. Create this file in the
site-packages/zope folder if it does not exist.
To build a Tribler installer, you’ll need some additional scripts and packages. The versions used as of writing this guide are mentioned next to the package or script.
* The git command tools (version 2.7.0) are required to fetch the latest release information. These can be downloaded from here.
* PyInstaller, a tool to create an executable from python files. Install the latest version from pip:
pip install pyinstaller.
* The builder needs to find all packages that are required by Tribler so make sure you can run Tribler on your machine and that there are no missing dependencies.
* Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) (version 2.5.0) is a script-driven Installer authoring tool for Microsoft Windows with minimal overhead. It can be downloaded here. We selected version 2.5 as the uninstall functions were not called properly in 3.03b.
* Three plugins are required.The UAC plugin is the first. This can be downloaded from here (version 0.2.4c). How to install a plugin can be found here.
* The second plugin that is needed is AccessControl plug-in (version 184.108.40.206). It can be downloaded here.
* The third plugin required is NSIS Simple Firewall Plugin (version 1.2.0). You can download it here.
* The fourth plugin needed is NSProcess (Version 1.6.7), which can be downloaded here.
* A version of Microsoft Visual Studio should be installed (we use 2012), but make sure you do not have the build-tools only. The full (community) edition can be downloaded here.
Building & Packaging Tribler¶
Start by cloning Tribler if you haven’t done already (using the
git clone --recursive command).
Next, create a
build folder directly on your
build folder, put the following items:
- A folder
.pfxkey. In our case it’s named
swarmplayerprivatekey.pfx. Make sure to rename paths in
makedist_win.batto match your file name.
- A folder
libvlccore.dlland a directory
pluginsthat contain the VLC plugins.
vc_redist_90.exe(Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package), which is available here. In case you build 32 bit, get the x86 version here. Don’t forget to rename the file.
vc_redist_110.exe(Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012), which is available here. In case you build 32 bit, get the x86 version. Once more, don’t forget to rename the file.
libsodium.dllwhich can be downloaded from libsodium.org (as of writing version 1.0.8).
- The openssl dll files
ssleay32.dll(place them in a directory named
Then, set a
PASSWORD environment variable with its value set to the password matching the one set in your
Finally, open a command prompt and enter the following commands (Change 11.0 depending on your version of Microsoft Visual Studio):
Note that for building 32 bit you need to pass anything but 64, i.e. 32 or 86 to the
cd tribler python Tribler/Main/Build/update_version_from_git.py 64 win\makedist_win.bat 64
This builds an
.exe installer which installs Tribler.
This guide explains how to build Tribler on MacOS (10.10 to 10.13). The final result is a
.dmg file which, when opened, allows
Tribler.app to be copied to the Applications directory and or launched. Make sure the required packages required by Tribler are installed
from the Development instructions.
- vlc: PyInstaller automatically searches for the vlc library in the system and bundles it.
- eulagise: In order to attach the EULA to the
.dmgfile, we make use of the
eulagisescript. This script is written in PERL and is based on a more fully-featured script. The script can be downloaded from GitHub. The builder expects the script to be executable and added to the
PATHenvironment variable. This can be done with the following commands:
cp eulagise.pl /usr/local/bin/eulagise chmod +x /usr/local/bin/eulagise eulagise # to test it - it should show that you should add some flags
Building Tribler on macOS¶
Start by checking out the directory you want to clone (using
git clone --recursive). Open a terminal and
cd to this new cloned directory (referenced to as
tribler_source in this guide).
Next, we should inject version information into the files about the latest release. This is done by the
update_version_from_git.py script found in
Tribler/Main/Build. Invoke it from the
tribler_source directory by executing:
Now execute the builder with the following command:
This will create the
.dmg file in the
Debian and derivatives¶
Run the following commands in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install devscripts python-setuptools cd tribler Tribler/Main/Build/update_version_from_git.py debuild -i -us -uc -b
This will build the
.deb file that can be used to install Tribler on other systems.
We don’t have a generic setup.py yet.
So for the time being, the easiest way to package Tribler is to put
/usr/bin/. A good reference for the dependency list is