I have installed pyinstaller using pip3. In my home/pi folder, i have a python file (testProg.py) I tried to create the executable using pyinstaller.

pyinstaller --onefile testProg.py

But I am getting the following error

pyinstaller: command not found

Is it a directory problem? any help, please

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ pip3 install pyinstaller
Looking in indexes: https://pypi.org/simple, https://www.piwheels.org/simple
Requirement already satisfied: pyinstaller in ./.local/lib/python3.7/site-packages (3.6)
Requirement already satisfied: altgraph in ./.local/lib/python3.7/site-packages (from pyinstaller) (0.17)
Requirement already satisfied: setuptools in /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages (from pyinstaller) (40.8.0)


The folder where it was installed is probably not in your path.

It's easiest to install it in a virtual environment:

python3 -m venv pyinstaller-venv
source ./pyinstaller-venv/bin/activate
pip install pyinstaller
pyinstaller -v

You'll be able to use pyinstaller whenever you activate the virtual environment.

Alternatively, add the right folder to your path. It seems like you have installed Python in ~/.local, so make sure that ~/.local/bin is in your path:

export PATH="$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH"

You can make it permanent by adding the export ... command to your ~/.profile file.

If that's not the right path, you can search for pyinstaller using the find command:

find ~ -name pyinstaller -type f
  • I checked my .profile file. – sunny_old_days Apr 29 '20 at 7:27
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    @sunny_old_days please explain exactly what you did. I proposed three possible solutions. – tttapa Apr 29 '20 at 9:08
  • 1 I tried export PATH="$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH" and worked fine. But my program is a GUI application and there is a DateEntry Widget. Somehow it doesn't work after creating executable using pyinstaller. If I remove the DateEntry widget, everything works fine. – sunny_old_days Apr 29 '20 at 10:28
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    @sunny_old_days that sounds like a different problem. – tttapa Apr 29 '20 at 10:40

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