Nicotine+

Packaging

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Dependencies

Dependencies for Nicotine+ are described in DEPENDENCIES.md.

GNU/Linux Instructions

Building a Source Distribution

To build a source distribution archive .tar.gz from the Git repository, run:

python3 -m build --sdist

The source distribution archive 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 -m build --sdist
mk-origtargz dist/nicotine-plus-*.tar.gz

Build the Debian package:

debuild -sa -us -uc

Windows

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: https://pygobject.readthedocs.io/en/latest/getting_started.html#windows-logo-windows

Clone the nicotine-plus Git repository:

pacman -S git
git clone https://github.com/nicotine-plus/nicotine-plus
cd nicotine-plus

Install dependencies:

export NICOTINE_GTK_VERSION=4
export NICOTINE_USE_LIBADWAITA=1
export ARCH=x86_64
pacman --noconfirm -S --needed mingw-w64-$ARCH-python
python3 packaging/windows/dependencies.py

Build the application:

python3 packaging/windows/setup.py bdist_msi

When the application has finished building, it is located in the packaging\windows\build\ subfolder.

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

macOS

GitHub Actions currently builds Nicotine+ packages for macOS. However, the following instructions may be useful if you wish to generate a package on your own machine.

Building a Frozen Application with cx_Freeze

Follow the instructions on installing Homebrew: https://brew.sh/

Clone the nicotine-plus Git repository:

git clone https://github.com/nicotine-plus/nicotine-plus
cd nicotine-plus

Install dependencies:

export NICOTINE_GTK_VERSION=4
export NICOTINE_USE_LIBADWAITA=1
brew install python
python3 packaging/macos/dependencies.py

Build the application:

python3 packaging/macos/setup.py bdist_dmg

When the application has finished building, it is located in the packaging/macos/build/ subfolder as a .dmg file.