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Dependencies for Nicotine+ are described in

GNU/Linux Instructions

Building a Source Distribution

To build source distribution files .tar.bz2 and .tar.gz from the Git repository, run:

python3 sdist --formats=bztar,gztar

The source distribution files will be located in the dist/ subfolder.

Building a Debian Package

Unstable and stable PPAs are already provided for pre-compiled packages. However, if you wish to build your own package, perform the following steps.

Start by installing the build dependencies:

sudo apt build-dep .

Generate the “upstream” tarball:

python3 sdist
mk-origtargz dist/nicotine-plus-*.tar.gz

Build the Debian package:

debuild -sa -us -uc


GitHub Actions currently builds Nicotine+ installers for Windows. However, the following instructions may be useful if you wish to generate an installer on your own machine.

Building a Frozen Application with cx_Freeze

Follow the instructions on installing MSYS2:

Clone the nicotine-plus Git repository:

pacman -S git
git clone
cd nicotine-plus

Install dependencies:

export ARCH=x86_64
pacman --noconfirm -S --needed mingw-w64-$ARCH-python
python3 packaging/windows/
python3 packaging/windows/

Build the application:

python3 packaging/windows/ bdist_msi

When the application has finished building, it is located in the build\exe.*\ subfolder. The installer is located in the dist\ subfolder.

If you want to run the application, you can launch the executable build\exe.*\Nicotine+.exe.

Building a 32-bit (i686) Application and Installer

Start a MinGW 32-bit terminal, and follow the above instructions again. Replace any instance of x86_64 with i686 when installing packages.

You are recommended to clone a fresh copy of the nicotine-plus Git repository before building a frozen application again.