HOW-TO Publish a Pyton Package on PyPi

Create a file

The arguments for setup() are documented here and are non-trivial: a good example is my filecrypt‘s file.

Do not confuse setuptools with distutils – this is the correct import for

from setuptools import setup

The trickiest part is figuring out the packages, modules and the script files: probably best to think about it in advance, but it was possible to rectify that during setup.

The biggest challenge is to come up with a top-level package name that does not conflict with an existing one.

As far as I can tell, it’s currently mostly a process of trial-and-error, see below.

Once the is in decent shape, you can try and build a wheel:

python bdist_wheel

After doing that, it’s good practice to create a new virtualenv, and try to install the new package in that one:

pip install dist/my-project.whl

this is particularly useful to test out whether the console_scripts have been correctly configured.

If you use classifiers such as in:

        'Development Status :: 4 - Beta',
        'Intended Audience :: System Administrators',
        'License :: OSI Approved :: Apache Software License',
        'Programming Language :: Python :: 3'

then make sure to consult the classifiers list as anything else will cause an error and prevent registration.

Register your Project


The instructions given to use twine for this step did not work for me. YMMV

Unless you have already have an account on PyPi, you will need to create one and login.

You can then head to the Registration Form and upload your PKG_INFO file: this has been created in a [prj name].egg-info/ directory: this may take a bit of back and forth, while you try to appease the Gods of PyPi to accept your configuration choices.

In particular, coming up with a non-conflicting-yet-meaningful package name may take more trials than one may expect – planning ahead is highly advised, as I have been unable to find an easy way to list all package names (if you do know of one, please do get in touch) and…

There are currently 88906 packages here.

(“here” being PyPi, as of 09/16/2016).

Upload to PyPi

Once registration succeeds, the actual upload is rather easy, using twine:

twine upload dist/*

provided you have a valid ~/.pypirc it will just ask for the password and do the needful:

$ cat ~/.pypirc

repository =
username = [your username]

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