mkselfextract - Creates a self-extracting perl script.


    mkselfextract >



mkselfextract combines a file containing Perl code and a compressed zip archive into a single file. This file can be run as a Perl program, which as its first action will extract the data in the zip file into a temporary directory.

To create such a self-extracting script, you can do something like the following:

    % zip -r9 src/ doc/ lib/ bin/
    % mkselfextract >


mkselfextract supports the following options:

--output, -o

By default, mkselfextract emits the created script on stdout. The --output option tells it to write the script to the given file instead.

--perlbin, -p

If you need to specify the location of the perl binary, you can override the default /usr/bin/perl with this option. This value is used only for the initial #! line in the created script.


Archive::SelfExtract, perl.


Copyright 2004 Greg Fast (

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.