8.51. Wheel-0.38.4

Wheel is a Python library that is the reference implementation of the Python wheel packaging standard.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 1.3 MB

8.51.1. Installation of Wheel

Compile Wheel with the following command:

PYTHONPATH=src pip3 wheel -w dist --no-build-isolation --no-deps $PWD

Install Wheel with the following command:

pip3 install --no-index --find-links=dist wheel

The meaning of the pip3 configuration options and commands:


Allows this package (not installed yet) to build a wheel archive for itself, to avoid a chicken-or-egg problem.


This command builds the wheel archive for this package.

-w dist

Instructs pip to put the created wheel into the dist directory.


This command installs the package.

--no-build-isolation, --no-deps, and --no-index

These options prevent fetching files from the online package repository (PyPI). If packages are installed in the correct order, pip won't need to fetch any files in the first place; these options add some safety in case of user error.

--find-links dist

Instructs pip to search for wheel archives in the dist directory.

8.51.2. Contents of Wheel

Installed program: wheel
Installed directories: /usr/lib/python3.11/site-packages/wheel and /usr/lib/python3.11/site-packages/wheel-0.38.4.dist-info

Short Descriptions


is a utility to unpack, pack, or convert wheel archives