Package RenPy Games So It Is Not a Folder When Unzipped?

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Package RenPy Games So It Is Not a Folder When Unzipped?

#1 Post by ArizaLuca » Wed May 15, 2019 10:02 am


What I am trying to do is package the Ren'Py game so that when you open it up on Windows, it doesn't show up within a folder in which you can access the files that are within the game. While I get that this can make for fun gameplay, in this case it just opens everything up and I want it to just show up as a single icon that you can click on and open the game, with the icon.

Speaking of the icon, I packaged the builds with the icon files included (.icns and .ico files) and instead of producing a file where the build showed up as not the Ren'Py mascot, it just... produced the same Ren'Py mascot as always?

When you open the app it displays the correct icon, but not there.
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How do you

a) Package the build so that you can only click on an icon, rather than seeing this
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b) Make the icon in the window not the Ren'Py mascot? I placed it in the base directory (as instructed by other forums) and it just produced the mascot when packaged, as shown in the first picture.
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Re: Package RenPy Games So It Is Not a Folder When Unzipped?

#2 Post by SundownKid » Wed May 15, 2019 10:20 am

It's impossible to package the build with *only* an icon since it requires a data folder. The icon is merely the .exe file like most videogames. You need to add the file extensions you want to either pack or remove in the bottom of options.rpy. Usually you only need to pack .rpyc and remove .rpy and .rpyb.

I have no idea what's up with the icon. I know there is an icon replacer for .exe files out there that could work.

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Re: Package RenPy Games So It Is Not a Folder When Unzipped?

#3 Post by xavimat » Wed May 15, 2019 10:58 am

For windows, you can use the files built with renpy, to create an installer. This will create a single .exe file that will install your game in windows and create shortcuts where the user wants.
Renpy does not create installers, you can use "Inno Setup" to create them, it's free:
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