Make a win32 exe of a Python 3 flask app

Well, this was a bit more annoying than I had expected.

I first tried out py2exe, since that’s what I’ve used to successfully build exe files with before. No dice, it doesn’t like werkzeug and its weird module magic.

Next step: Moving on to cx_Freeze then, since people on StackOverflow had reported success. Almost there but..

  • it couldn’t find my data files
  • …nor my templates
  • …nor my static files

All of these were located next to my script & my “”. Despite the error messages trying to trick me, it was not enough to copy the files into the zip.

So I just need a way to tell Flask & Jinja how to find them – preferably while also allowing me to run everything as a non-exe in my development environment.

Here’s what I did:

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