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Detecting Python Installs from the Windows Registry

Hello all,

I'm creating a py2exe program (for Windows) that needs to detect all
version of Python installed on the machine.

Because it is running under py2exe it doesn't have access to the Python
environment variables.

Does anyone know how to use _winreg to get path information (location
of install) for all versions of Python installed (and also which is the
most recent) ?

Googling the group didn't quickly turn up the answer, and I thought
*someone* was likely to know easily...

Thanks

Fuzzyman
http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/idnex.shtml

Jan 7 '06 #1
2 1985
Fuzzyman wrote:
Does anyone know how to use _winreg to get path information (location
of install) for all versions of Python installed (and also which is the
most recent) ?


This should probably work:

import _winreg

def get_subkey_name s(reg_key):
index = 0
L = []
while True:
try:
name = _winreg.EnumKey (reg_key, index)
except EnvironmentErro r:
break
index += 1
L.append(name)
return L

def function_in_sea rch_of_a_name() :
"""
Return a list with info about installed versions of Python.

Each version in the list is represented as a tuple with 3 items:

0 A long integer giving when the key for this version was last
modified as 100's of nanoseconds since Jan 1, 1600.
1 A string with major and minor version number e.g '2.4'.
2 A string of the absolute path to the installation directory.
"""
python_path = r'software\pyth on\pythoncore'
L = []
for reg_hive in (_winreg.HKEY_L OCAL_MACHINE,
_winreg.HKEY_CU RRENT_USER):
try:
python_key = _winreg.OpenKey (reg_hive, python_path)
except EnvironmentErro r:
continue
for version_name in get_subkey_name s(python_key):
key = _winreg.OpenKey (python_key, version_name)
modification_da te = _winreg.QueryIn foKey(key)[2]
install_path = _winreg.QueryVa lue(key, 'installpath')
L.append((modif ication_date, version_name, install_path))
return L

Jan 9 '06 #2
Great, I'll work with this.

Thanks

Fuzzyman
http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/index.shtml

Jan 10 '06 #3

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