A WHL (Wheel) file is a distribution package file saved in Python’s wheel format. It is a standard format installation of Python distributions and contains all the files and metadata required for installation. The WHL file also contains information about the Python versions and platforms supported by this wheel file. Similar to an MSI setup file, WHL file format is a ready-to-install format that allows running the installation package without building the source distribution.
WHL File Format
WHL file format is a ZIP (.zip) archive that contains all the installation files and metadata required by installers for installation of a package. These WHL files can be extracted using unzip option or standard decompression software applications such as WinZIP and WinRAR.
WHL File Name Convention
A WHL file is named as per the following convention.