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The dependencies for Nicotine+ are described in

GNU/Linux instructions

Building a source distribution

To build source distribution files (.tar.bz2 & .tar.gz) from the git repository run:

python3 sdist --formats=bztar,gztar

The source distribution files will be located in the dist subdirectory of your git repository.

Building a Debian package

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

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 source package:

debuild -S -sa

Build the binary from the source package and upstream tarball via sbuild:

sbuild ../nicotine_*.dsc


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

Building a frozen application via PyInstaller

First, follow the instructions on installing MSYS2:

Then, clone the Nicotine+ 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/

Run PyInstaller:

python3 -m pyinstaller packaging/windows/nicotine.spec

After the frozen application build finished you can find it in the dist\Nicotine+ subdirectory.

If you want to run the frozen application you can launch the executable dist\Nicotine+\Nicotine+.exe.

Building a NSIS installer from the frozen application

Run the following:

python3 packaging/windows/

You should now find a Nicotine+-$(version).exe installer in the packaging/windows directory.

Building a 32-bit (i686) application and installer

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

Preferably, clone a fresh copy of the nicotine-plus git repository before freezing Nicotine+ with PyInstaller again.