Packaging with PyInstaller

Note that packaging with PyInstaller is no longer a supported build method. You are expected to be able to debug and fix build issues yourself.

To create a Windows packaged release from the development release you also need:

  • PyInstaller


Download the latest source from:

git clone -b master git://

Note that build and install is currently disabled, so we need to run PyInstaller from its download directory.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package

If you’re building with Visual Studio note that for some reason PyInstaller does not include the Microsoft Visual C++ run-time DLLs you can find them here: The latest supported Visual C++ downloads


If you are intending to build a PyInstaller packaged release make sure the dependencies are up to date.

You can easility update the dependencies with the l2tdevtools update script.

To update or install install dependencies with l2tdevtools run the following command from the l2tdevtools source directory:

C:\Python3\python.exe tools\ --preset plaso --track stable


Download a copy of the make_release.ps1 script. The easiest is to git clone l2tdevtools:

git clone

First check if the make_release.ps1 script is configured correctly for your build environment.

From the Plaso source directory run the following commands:

Build Plaso with PyInstaller:


This will create: plaso-<version>-<architecture>.zip

To do a very rudimentary test to see if the packaged binaries work run:


Packaging win32 on amd64

To create a win32 build on an amd64 system make sure you’ve installed the 32-bit version of Python 3.7.

From the l2tdevtools source directory run:

C:\Python3 (x86)\python.exe tools\ --machine-type x86 --preset plaso --track stable

From the Plaso source directory run:

..\l2tdevtools\data\pyinstaller\make_release.ps1 -Architecture win32