AppImage is a format for distributing portable software on Linux without needing superuser permissions to install the application. It tries also to allow Linux distribution-agnostic binary software deployment for application developers, also called Upstream packaging.

In short the AppImage is one executable file which contains both xonsh and Python. AppImage allows xonsh to be run on any AppImage supported Linux distribution without installation or root access.

Get AppImage from Github#

You can get the xonsh AppImage from GitHub and run it on your Linux machine without installing it:

wget -O xonsh
chmod +x xonsh

If you don’t have Python on your host, you may want to get it from AppImage:

$PATH = [f'{$APPDIR}/usr/bin'] + $PATH
python -m pip install tqdm --user  # the package will be installed to ~/.local/
import tqdm

Building your own xonsh AppImage#

The best way to build xonsh AppImage in 5 minutes is to using python-appimage:

mkdir -p /tmp/build && cd /tmp/build
git clone --depth 1
cd xonsh/appimage
echo 'xonsh' > requirements.txt
cat pre-requirements.txt >> requirements.txt  # here you can add your additional PyPi packages to pack them into AppImage
cd ..
pip install git+
python -m python_appimage build app ./appimage