Subpar is a utility for creating self-contained python executables. It is designed to work well with Bazel.
Subpar is currently owned by the maintainers of bazelbuild/rules_python, which depends on it. It is not being actively developed beyond what is needed to keep compatibility with rules_python.
Historically, subpar was the only way to produce a deployable Python artifact in Bazel. This is no longer quite true;
--build_python_zip allows you to create executable Python zip artifacts with the standard
py_binary rule. Subpar still supports some use cases
--build_python_zip doesn't: In particular, it allows you to build archives of specific targets without using a global command-line flag, and in some cases the archives can run in-place without extraction.
git_repository( name = "subpar", remote = "https://github.com/google/subpar", tag = "1.0.0", )
par_binary() is a drop-in replacement for
py_binary() in your BUILD files that also builds a self-contained, single-file executable for the application, with a
.par file extension.
To build the
.par file associated with a
par_binary(name=myname) rule, do
bazel build //my/package:myname.par
The .par file is created alongside the python stub and .runfiles directories that py_binary() creates, but is independent of them. It can be copied to other directories or machines, and executed directly without needing the .runfiles directory. The body of the .par file contains all the srcs, deps, and data files listed.
BUILD file with the following:
load("@subpar//:subpar.bzl", "par_binary") par_binary( name = 'foo', srcs = ['foo.py', 'bar.py'], deps = ['//baz:some_py_lib'], data = ['quux.dat'], )
Run the following build command:
bazel build //package:foo.par
This results in the following files being created by bazel build:
bazel-bin/ package/ foo foo.par foo.runfiles/ ...
The .par file can be copied, moved, or renamed, and still run like a compiled executable file:
$ scp bazel-bin/package/foo.par my-other-machine:foo.par $ ssh my-other-machine ./foo.par
This is not an official Google product, it is just code that happens to be owned by Google.