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Panda3D Manual: Distributing Panda3D Applications (setuptools, 1.10+)

Starting with 1.10, Python applications using Panda3D can be packaged in a distributable form (e.g., zip archives, Windows installers, tarballs) using Setuptools. These packages can then be hosted on a website or store front for distribution to end users. Using this new Setuptools-based process is recommended over using pdeploy/ppackage since it is simpler, does not require special builds of Panda3D (e.g., rtdist and runtime), uses standard Python tools, and works with Python 3 (there is no official Python3 rtdist).

From the Setuptools documentation, "Setuptools is a fully-featured, actively-maintained, and stable library designed to facilitate packaging Python projects." The Setuptools documentation should be referred to for more details, but the basics of using Setuptools is:

  1. Create a setup.py
  2. Execute commands with python setup.py command

The basic structure of a setup.py file is:

import setuptools

With the setup() function taking many arguments. See the Setuptools Examples page for example setup.py files for common project structures.

The panda3d package adds two new commands to Setuptools:

build binaries that can be run without Python or Panda3D pre-installed on the end-user's system
package binaries into various archives and installers for distribution (also runs build_apps)

Thus, the basic steps to deploy a Panda3D application (or set of applications) is:

  1. Create a setup.py file for your application
  2. Execute python setup.py bdist_apps
  3. Copy the archives/packages (e.g., zip, tar.gz, exe) from the build directory to a location that users can access