Mac Mac - 5 months ago 30
Python Question

python requests and cx_freeze

I am trying to freeze a python app that depends on requests, but I am getting the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\packages\urllib3\", line 630, in ssl_wrap_socket
FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory

Looks like it is having trouble finding the ssl certificate with the executable. I found this which seems to be the same problem, but I am not able to figure out how they got it to work. The main problem seems to be that the certificate bundled by requests is not copied over to the compressed library. So it seems that I will have to force cx_freeze to bundle the certificates and then point to it from my script.

Starting with this simple script everything works fine:

import requests
r = requests.get("")

Then if I add the certificate file I stat getting errors:

import requests
r = requests.get("", cert=requests.certs.where())


Traceback (most recent call last):
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\packages\urllib3\", line 480, in urlopen
body=body, headers=headers)
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\packages\urllib3\", line 285, in _make_request
conn.request(method, url, **httplib_request_kw)
File "c:\Python33\lib\http\", line 1065, in request
self._send_request(method, url, body, headers)
File "c:\Python33\lib\http\", line 1103, in _send_request
File "c:\Python33\lib\http\", line 1061, in endheaders
File "c:\Python33\lib\http\", line 906, in _send_output
File "c:\Python33\lib\http\", line 844, in send
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\packages\urllib3\", line 164, in connect
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\packages\urllib3\", line 637, in ssl_wrap_socket
context.load_cert_chain(certfile, keyfile)
ssl.SSLError: [SSL] PEM lib (_ssl.c:2155)

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\", line 330, in send
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\packages\urllib3\", line 504, in urlopen
raise SSLError(e)
requests.packages.urllib3.exceptions.SSLError: [SSL] PEM lib (_ssl.c:2155)

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 10, in <module>
r = requests.get("", cert=requests.certs.where())
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\", line 55, in get
return request('get', url, **kwargs)
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\", line 44, in request
return session.request(method=method, url=url, **kwargs)
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\", line 383, in request
resp = self.send(prep, **send_kwargs)
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\", line 486, in send
r = adapter.send(request, **kwargs)
File "c:\Python33\lib\site-packages\requests\", line 385, in send
raise SSLError(e)
requests.exceptions.SSLError: [SSL] PEM lib (_ssl.c:2155)

I guess I am using it correctly, but cant really figure out why it is not working. I guess that after fixing this I can continue and add the certificate to the cx_freeze bundle, something like:

import os
import requests

cert = os.path.join(os.path.dirname(requests.__file__),'cacert.pem')
r = requests.get("", cert=cert)

from cx_Freeze import setup, Executable

import requests.certs
build_exe_options = {"zip_includes":[(requests.certs.where(),'requests/cacert.pem')]}

executables = [


if someone could give me a tip it would be much appreciated.

Mac Mac

Steps to get this to work:

  • Explicitly tell requests where the certificate are
  • Tell cx_freeze to also get the certificate file when "building"
  • have the code to use the proper certificate file when frozen

import os
import sys

import requests

# sets the path to the certificate file
if getattr(sys, 'frozen', False):
    # if frozen, get embeded file
    cacert = os.path.join(os.path.dirname(sys.executable), 'cacert.pem')
    # else just get the default file
    cacert = requests.certs.where()

# remember to use the verify to set the certificate to be used
# I guess it could also work with REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE, but I have not tried
r = requests.get('', verify=cacert)


from cx_Freeze import setup, Executable
import requests
import sys

executable = Executable( script = "" )

# Add certificate to the build
options = {
    "build_exe": {
        'include_files' : [(requests.certs.where(), 'cacert.pem')]

    version = "0",
    requires = ["requests"],
    options = options,
    executables = [executable]

to build it, just:

$ python build

If successful you should see:

$ test
<Response [200]>