phoenix_title – Convert an image to PNG format and embed it in a Python

module with appropriate code so it can be loaded into a program at runtime. The benefit is that since it is Python source code it can be delivered as a .pyc or ‘compiled’ into the program using freeze, py2exe, etc.

Usage: [options] image_file python_file


-m <#rrggbb>

If the original image has a mask or transparency defined it will be used by default. You can use this option to override the default or provide a new mask by specifying a colour in the image to mark as transparent.

-n <name>

Normally generic names (getBitmap, etc.) are used for the image access functions. If you use this option you can specify a name that should be used to customize the access functions, (getNameBitmap, etc.)


Maintain a catalog of names that can be used to reference images. Catalog can be accessed via catalog and index attributes of the module. If the -n <name> option is specified then <name> is used for the catalog key and index value, otherwise the filename without any path or extension is used as the key.


This flag specifies that the python_file should be appended to instead of overwritten. This in combination with -n will allow you to put multiple images in one Python source file.


Also output a function to return the image as a wxIcon.


Generate code compatible with the old function interface. (This option is ON by default in 2.8, use -f to turn off.)

You can also import this module from your Python scripts, and use its img2py() function. See its docstring for more info.

function_summary Functions Summary



Converts an image file to a data structure written in a Python file



convert(fileName, maskClr, outputDir, outputName, outType, outExt)

img2py(image_file, python_file, append=DEFAULT_APPEND, compressed=DEFAULT_COMPRESSED, maskClr=DEFAULT_MASKCLR, imgName=DEFAULT_IMGNAME, icon=DEFAULT_ICON, catalog=DEFAULT_CATALOG, functionCompatible=DEFAULT_COMPATIBLE, functionCompatibile=-1)

Converts an image file to a data structure written in a Python file –image_file: string; the path of the source image file –python_file: string; the path of the destination python file –other arguments: they are equivalent to the command-line arguments