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buildozer 0.12

Generic Python packager for Android / iOS and Desktop

Latest Version: 0.29

This tool is currently in alpha.

Buildozer is a tool for creating application packages easily.

The goal is to have one “buildozer.spec” file in your app directory, describing your application requirements and settings such as title, icon, included modules etc. Buildozer will use that spec to create a package for Android, iOS, Windows, OSX and/or Linux.

Buildozer currently supports packaging for Android via the python-for-android project, and for iOS via the kivy-ios project. Support for other operating systems is intended in the future.

Usage example

  1. Install buildozer:

    # latest dev
    git clone git://
    cd buildozer
    sudo python2.7 install
    # via pip (latest stable)
    sudo pip install buildozer
    # via easy_install
    sudo easy_install buildozer
  2. Go into your application directory and do:

    buildozer init
    # edit the buildozer.spec, then
    buildozer android debug deploy run

Example of commands:

# buildozer commands
buildozer clean

# buildozer target command
buildozer android update
buildozer android deploy
buildozer android debug
buildozer android release

# or all in one (compile in debug, deploy on device)
buildozer android debug deploy

# set the default command if nothing set
buildozer setdefault android debug deploy run


Usage: buildozer [--verbose] [target] [command1] [command2]

Available targets:
  android            Android target, based on python-for-android project
  ios                iOS target, based on kivy-ios project. (not working yet.)

Global commands (without target):
  clean              Clean the whole Buildozer environment.
  help               Show the Buildozer help.
  init               Create a initial buildozer.spec in the current directory
  setdefault         Set the default command to do when no arguments are given
  version            Show the Buildozer version

Target commands:
  clean              Clean the target environment
  update             Update the target dependencies
  debug              Build the application in debug mode
  release            Build the application in release mode
  deploy             Deploy the application on the device
  run                Run the application on the device


See buildozer/default.spec for an up-to-date spec file.

Default config

You can override the value of any buildozer.spec config token by setting an appropriate environment variable. These are all of the form $SECTION_TOKEN, where SECTION is the config file section and TOKEN is the config token to override. Dots are replaced by underscores.

For example, here are some config tokens from the [app] section of the config, along with the environment variables that would override them.

  • title -> $APP_TITLE
  • android.p4a_dir -> $APP_ANDROID_P4A_DIR
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