Building Tribler

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 here.

When you have installed zope, an empty 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.

Required packages

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 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 command). Next, create a build folder directly on your C:\ drive. Inside the build folder, put the following items:

  1. A folder certs containing a .pfx key. In our case it’s named swarmplayerprivatekey.pfx. Make sure to rename paths in makedist_win.bat to match your file name.

  2. 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.

  3. libsodium.dll which can be downloaded from (as of writing version 1.0.8).

  4. The openssl dll files libeay32.dll, libssl32.dll and ssleay32.dll (place them in a directory named openssl).

Then, set a PASSWORD environment variable with its value set to the password matching the one set in your .pfx file.

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 script.

cd tribler
python build/ 64
build\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 to be copied to the Applications directory and or launched. Make sure the required packages required by Tribler are installed from the Development instructions.

Required packages

  • eulagise: In order to attach the EULA to the .dmg file, we make use of the eulagise script. 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 PATH environment variable. This can be done with the following commands:

cp /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). 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 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 tribler_source/dist directory.

Debian and derivatives

Run the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install devscripts python-setuptools fonts-noto-color-emoji
cd tribler
python3 -m PyInstaller tribler.spec
cp -r dist/tribler build/debian/tribler/usr/share/tribler
dpkg-deb -b build/debian/tribler tribler.deb

This will build a tribler.deb file, including all dependencies and required libraries.

Other Unixes

We don’t have a generic yet.

So for the time being, the easiest way to package Tribler is to put Tribler/ in /usr/share/tribler/ and debian/bin/tribler in /usr/bin/. A good reference for the dependency list is debian/control.