Error message

  File "form1.pyc", line 11, in ?
  File "qt.pyc", line 9, in ?
  File "qt.pyc", line 7, in __load
ImportError: No module named sip


python py2exe --includes sip

   1 from py2exe.build_exe import py2exe
   2 from distutils.core import setup
   3 setup( console=[{"script": ""}] )


I found this tips here :

There is a full code sample.

Another Solution to the same problem:

from distutils.core import setup
import py2exe
setup(windows=[{"script":""}], options={"py2exe":{"includes":["sip"]}})

I found that on the web, unfortunately don't know anymore where, but it also works for me!

Obviously is the second part only a way to get the " --includes sip" parameter directly into the script, but the use of "windows" instead of "console" doesn't open a console window, but immediately a Qt window in my case.

Fix for PyQt4

If you get the following error:

ImportError: No module named _qt

The solution is to add PyQt4._qt to the setup function (see bellow). I found the solution for the problem here.

   1 from distutils.core import setup
   2 import py2exe
   4 setup(windows=[{"script" : "app.pyw"}], options={"py2exe" : {"includes" : ["sip", "PyQt4._qt"]}})

Using PyQt4 with Databases

When deploying applications which use PyQt4 and SQLite:

Tips: use data_files for this. See below

PyQt4 and Phonon

In a similar manner as using PyQt4 and SQlite (from pyqt), one need to add an extra step to use Phonon and copy PyQt4\plugins\phonon_backend directory into your dist directory. Otherwise you get an error: "phonon backend could not be loaded"

But the correct way to do this is to use data_files in your

data_files = [
            ('phonon_backend', [

PyQt4 and image loading (JPG, GIF, etc)

PyQt4 uses plugins to read those image formats, so you'll need to copy the folder PyQt4\plugins\imageformats to <appdir>\imageformats. Like in the above cases, you can use data_files for this. This won't work with bundle_files on.

If the plugins are not reachable, then QPixmap.load/loadFromData will return False when loading an image in those formats.

This will work with bundle_files as well, but you need to exclude the Qt DLLs from bundle (using the dll_excludes option) and add them to the directory with the executable through some other mechanism (such as data_files).

Py2exeAndPyQt (last edited 2011-10-16 21:42:58 by MircoAckermann)