Creating aplication appimage based on python2


I would like to ask if or how I can create appimage which is written in python 2?
For my usage I would like to create fwbackups appimage.
I am able to build deb package from source on debian.

Building instructions are simple

Ubuntu/Mint Linux

To install fwbackups from source on Ubuntu, download the source tarball to your home folder and then open a terminal session (select Applications > System Tools > Terminal ). Type the following commands into the terminal:

sudo apt-get install gettext autotools-dev intltool python-crypto python-paramiko python-gtk2 python-glade2 python-notify cron

tar xfj fwbackups-VERSION.tar.bz2

cd fwbackups-VERSION

./configure --prefix=/usr
make && sudo make install

Some Ubuntu distributions no longer include the Python “site-packages” directory in their search path, which may prevent fwbackups from starting. If this is the case, execute this code in addition to the code above:

PYTHONVER=$(python -c ‘import sys;print “%s.%s” % (sys.version_info[0], sys.version_info[1])’)

sudo ln -s …/site-packages/fwbackups /usr/lib/python${PYTHONVER}/dist-packages/fwbackups

I am not a programmer or a code builder. I am just regular linux user who wants such app available when those packages would not be compatible with newer distro.




this might be useful:

Hope it helps.

Thx for sharing . But It did not helped.
For building deb package I have followed Debian packaging guidance and requirements.
PIP is something from Python for building project.
I have no such package/library/environment on my OS.

So still not resolved.
As I can see it is not somehow easy to make appimage in my case.

Here is an example without pip and with python2:

I am facing to some errors:

$ appimage-builder --recipe /home/auhiuw/Templates/fwbackups.yml
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/local/bin/appimage-builder”, line 18, in
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/AppImageBuilder/”, line 56, in main
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/AppImageBuilder/”, line 67, in load_file
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/AppImageBuilder/”, line 78, in _load_yaml
self.recipe = self._parse_config(data=content)
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/AppImageBuilder/”, line 142, in _parse_config
return yaml.load(data, Loader=loader)
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 114, in load
return loader.get_single_data()
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 49, in get_single_data
node = self.get_single_node()
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 36, in get_single_node
document = self.compose_document()
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 55, in compose_document
node = self.compose_node(None, None)
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 84, in compose_node
node = self.compose_mapping_node(anchor)
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 133, in compose_mapping_node
item_value = self.compose_node(node, item_key)
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 82, in compose_node
node = self.compose_sequence_node(anchor)
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 110, in compose_sequence_node
while not self.check_event(SequenceEndEvent):
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 98, in check_event
self.current_event = self.state()
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 384, in parse_block_sequence_entry
if not self.check_token(BlockEntryToken, BlockEndToken):
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 116, in check_token
File “/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/yaml/”, line 260, in fetch_more_tokens
yaml.scanner.ScannerError: while scanning for the next token
found character ‘%’ that cannot start any token
in “”, line 25, column 5:
- %:

my recipe looks like this:

app: fwbackup

dist: buster
- deb buster main contrib non-free
- python-crypto
- python-paramiko
- python-gtk2
- python-glade2
- python-notify

- wget -c
- tar xf fwbackups-1.43.7.tar.bz2


  • #!/usr/bin/make -f

  • %:

    • dh $@ --with autoreconf
  • override_dh_auto_clean:

    • dh_auto_clean
    • rm -f src/
  • override_dh_auto_configure:

    • dh_auto_configure
    • cp src/fwbackups-runapp.pyw src/

As a common user I have no idea what I am doing bad.

@azubieta can you have a look please?

It seems that @auhiuw is using an pkg2appimage recipe with appimage-builder. Those are not compatible.

If you would like to proceed with appimage-builder please refer to this guide:

Python3 is used there but it just a matter of changing the packages.

fwbackups is python 2 based app are you sure I must use python 3?
I am not sure about compatibility between python 2 and 3.
I have used recipe template provided by @probono in his post 5days ago.

Maybe it would be suitable to look at original post where I have posted additional information.

No, you must use python 2. What I mean there is that you should replace the python3 package names by the python 2 ones.

The recipe that @probono gave you must be used with