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Installation on Windows¶
For Windows, we provide what we call a ‘portable package’. You don’t have to install anything “system” wide. Just unzip & run:
Download the latest version from http://kivy.org/#download
Unzip the package
In the folder where you unzipped the package, you have a script called kivy.bat. Use this file for launching any kivy application as described below
Start a Kivy Application¶
You can launch a .py file with our Python using the Send-to menu:
Copy the kivy.bat file to the Clipboard
Open Windows explorer (File explorer in Windows 8), and to go the address ‘shell:sendto’
You should get the special Windows directory SendTo
Paste the previously copied kivy.bat file as a shortcut
Rename it to Kivy <kivy-version>
You can now execute your application by right clicking on the .py file -> “Send To” -> “Kivy <version>”.
There are some simple steps that you need to complete in order to be able to launch Kivy applications by just double-clicking them:
- Right click on the main Python file (.py file extention) of the application you want to launch
- From the context menu that appears, select Open With
- Browse your hard disk drive and find the file kivy.bat from the portable package. Select it.
- Select “Always open the file with...” if you don’t want to repeat this procedure every time you double click a .py file.
- You are done. Open the file.
The next time you double click a .py file, it will be executed with the version of Python that Kivy ships with.
On Windows we have to ship our own version of Python since it’s not installed by default on Windows (unlike Mac OS X and Linux). By following the steps above, you will set Kivy’s version of Python as the default for opening .py files for your user. Normally this should not be harmful as it’s just a normal version of Python with the necessary third party libraries added to the module search path. If you do encounter unexpected problems, please Contact Us.
Start from the Command-line (using bash)¶
If you just want to use or develop with the latest stable Kivy version, this can be achieved using the console. You will need a minimalist GNU system installed. We recommend msysGit.
When you install msysGit, you must select these options:
- Don’t replace windows shell
- Checkout as-is, commit as-is (no CLRF replacement!)
You’ll have an icon “Git bash” on your desktop. This is the console we want:
- Start “Git bash”
- cd <directory of portable kivy>
- source kivyenv.sh <full directory path of portable kivy> # (don’t use .)
You are now ready to launch Python/Kivy from the command-line! Just do:
Also, all other scripts and binaries are available, such as:
- gcc / make...
Start from the Command-line or Double-click (using Python launcher for Windows)¶
The Python launcher for Windows is available as a separate download from pylauncher, but is most conveniently installed by simply installing Python 3.3 (or later). Don’t worry, this installation is designed to cause minimum disruption, it will run your latest Python 2 by default.
The launcher defines a PY command which can launch scripts for any version of Python installed on the workstation. It also connects itself as the default processor for all files with a .py extension. It scans the Python file to see if the first line starts with the string “#!” and, if it does, uses that string to select the appropriate version of Python to run. We will define a customized command so that we can tell it to start the correct version of python for Kivy.
Create a file named py.ini and place it either in your users application data directory, or in C:\Windows. It will contain the path used to start Kivy. I put my Kivy installation at C:\utils\kivy so my copy says:
(You could also add commands to start other script interpreters, such as jython or IronPython.)
Now add a new first line to your main.py specifying your Python of choice:
You can now launch your Kivy (or any other Python script) either by double-clicking or typing:
Programs without a #! first line will continue to be run be the default Python version 2 interpreter. Programs beginning with #!/usr/bin/python3 will launch Python 3.
The /usr/bin part will be ignored by the Windows launcher, we add it so that Linux users will also be able to pick a specific Python version. (On my Linux workstation, /usr/bin/kivy is soft-linked to a virtualenv.) NOTE: In order to work correctly on Linux, your Python file must be saved with Unix-style (LF-only) line endings.
Use development Kivy¶
Using the latest development version can be risky and you might encounter issues during development. If you encounter any bugs, please report them.
If you want to use the latest development version of Kivy, you can follow these steps:
Download and install Kivy for Windows as explained above
Go into the portable Kivy directory. This contains the kivy.bat file and the Python, kivy, Mingw folders etc.
Rename the kivy directory to kivy.stable
Extract the zip into the Kivy portable directory
Rename the directory named “kivy-<some hash>” to just “kivy”
Go to the Kivy portable directory/kivy
That’s all, you have a latest development version!
If you get errors you may need to upgrade Cython:
- Launch kivy.bat
- cd Python/Scripts
- pip install --upgrade cython
Using an exisiting Python installation (64/32 bit)¶
As an alternative to downloading the kivy distribuation zip file, you can install the kivy requirments into an existing 32 or 64 bit Python installation. For this example we’ll assume you have Python installed in C:\dev\python27:
You need a MinGW installation. You can use the MinGW directory included in the kivy distribution or download a fresh MinGW. If you’re compiling for 64 bit you’ll need to the download the 64 bit MinGW.
If you want to use gstreamer, copy it from the kivy distribution directory.
Get the kivy.bat file from the kivy distribution, or alternativly set the path and other environmental variables as in the kivy.bat file in order to have a permenant setup. You’ll have to execute the fowllowing instructions from this environemt.
You’ll need to edit the paths first to point to the correct python and MinGW locations. If you started with a clean MinGW installation you’ll also have to add to the path the location of make.exe if you will be doing any kivy development.
Download and install distutils and pip. You can install both using the ez_setup.py and get_pip.py files from http://www.pip-installer.org/en/latest/installing.html.
In C:\dev\python27\Lib\distutils create a empty distutils.cfg file. In the file type:
Download and install cython by typing:
pip install https://github.com/cython/cython/archive/master.zip
Download Glew 1.5.7 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/glew/files/glew/. Install the Glew files into the following locations:
glew32.dll -> ``C:\dev\python27`` glew32.dll -> MinGW\lib glew32.lib -> MinGW\lib glew32s.lib -> MinGW\lib glew.h -> MinGW\include\GL glxew.h -> MinGW\include\GL
Download and install the precompiled Pygame 1.9.2 binaries from http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#pygame.
Finally, to install the latest kivy, type:
pip install https://github.com/kivy/kivy/archive/master.zip
Alternativly instead of the githup zipball you can point to a specific kivy zip file. Also, if you have a development version of kivy and want to continue working on it while still installing it you can use the pip –editable switch e.g.:
pip install --editable C:\dev\kivy
This will put a link in the site-packages directory pointing to your kivy source, so any changes in the source will be reflected in the install. See here for more details: http://pythonhosted.org/setuptools/setuptools.html#development-mode.
The latest Windows package contains:
- Latest stable kivy version
- Python 2.7.1
- Glew 1.5.7
- Pygame 1.9.2
- Cython 0.14