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Python Package Build Process: PyPI

The following tutorial gives the process to create a python package.

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of pip installed on your device. To update pip run the following command:

    • Linux/Mac: python3 -m pip install --upgrade pip
    • Windows: py -m pip install --upgrade pip
  2. Begin with creating the following file structure locally. Make sure the package name here is unique. The structure is as follows:

│   └───package_name
│         └───
│         └───
  • Continue to populate the files added:
    • Package name that contains the python files should match the project name.
    • is required to import the directory as a package, and should be empty
    • is an example of a module within the package that could contain the logic (functions, classes, constants, etc.) of your package
  1. Update the project structure as follows
    │   LICENCE
    │   └───package_name
    │       │
    │       │
  • tells “frontend” build tools like pip and build what “backend” tool to use to create distribution packages for your project. contains the following content.

    1. name: A string containing the package’s name.
    2. version: A string containing the package’s version number.
    3. description: A single-line text explaining the package.
    4. author: A string identifying the package’s creator/author.
    5. long_description: A string containing a more detailed description of the package.
    6. maintainer: It’s a string providing the current maintainer’s name, if not the author. If the maintainer is not given, the author in PKG-INFO will be utilized by the setup tools.
    7. url: A string providing the package’s homepage URL (usually the GitHub repository or the PyPI page).
    8. download_url: A string containing the URL where the package may be downloaded.
    9. package_data: This is a dictionary where the keys are package names and the values are lists of glob patterns.
    10. py_modules: A string list containing the modules that setup tools will modify.
    11. python_requires: This is a comma-separated string providing Python version specifiers for the package’s supported Python versions.
    12. install_requires: A string list containing only the dependencies necessary for the package to function effectively.
    13. keywords: A comma-separated string or string list providing descriptive meta-data.
    14. entry_points: This is a dictionary with keys corresponding to entry point names and values corresponding to the actual entry points stated in the source code.
    15. license: A string containing the package’s licensing information.
    16. keywords: A list of keywords.
    17. long_description: longer description of the package.


from setuptools import setup
    author='Bejamin Frakline',
    description='A brief synopsis of the project',
    long_description='A much longer explanation of the project and helpful resources',
    keywords='development, setup, setuptools',
    python_requires='>=3.7, <4',
    packages=find_packages(include=['exampleproject', 'exampleproject.*']),
        'sample': ['sample_data.csv'],
        'runners': [
  • Create to give users a detailed description of the package
  • Create a License
  1. Generate distribution packages for the package. These are archives that are uploaded to the Python Package Index that can be installed by pip
    • Run the following command from the same directory where pyproject.toml is located:
    • Linux/Mac: python3 -m pip install --upgrade build
    • Windows: py -m build
    • This command should output a lot of text and once completed should generate two files in the dist directory:
  2. Upload the distribution archives
    • Register an account on TestPyPI,which is a separate instance of the package index intended for testing and experimentation.
    • Use twine tp upload the distribution packages

      • Linux/Mac: python3 -m pip install --upgrade twine
      • Windows: py -m pip install --upgrade twine
    • Run Twine to upload all the archives under dist
      • Linux/Mac: python3 -m twine upload --repository testpypi dist/*
      • Windows: py -m twine upload --repository testpypi dist/*
    • You will be prompted for a username and password. For the username, use __token__. For the password, use the token value, including the pypi- prefix.
      • Once uploaded, your package should be viewable on TestPyPI; for example:
  3. Installing the newly uploaded package
    • You can use pip to install your package and verify that it works. Create a virtual environment and install your package from TestPyPI:
    • Linux/Mac: python3 -m pip install --index-url --no-deps package_name
    • Windows: py -m pip install --index-url --no-deps package_name - Test if the package was installed correctly by importing the package. Make sure you are still in the virtual environment, then run python by running the command:
    • Linux/Mac: python3
    • Windows: py - Import the package
    • from package_name import func
    • Call one of the functions in the package
  4. You’ve now packaged and distributed a Python project

  • pyproject.toml can be used instead of Both these files serve the same purpose.
    • Open pyproject.toml and enter the [build-system] tables: [build-system]\ requires = ["hatchling"]\ build-backend = ""
      • requires is a list of packages that are needed to build your package. You don’t need to install them; build frontends like pip will install them automatically in a temporary, isolated virtual environment for use during the build process
      • build-backend` is the name of the Python object that frontends will use to perform the build.
    • Configure metadata as follows:
name = "example_package_YOUR_USERNAME_HERE"
version = "0.0.1"
authors = [
  { name="Example Author", email="" },
description = "A small example package"
readme = ""
requires-python = ">=3.7"
classifiers = [
    "Programming Language :: Python :: 3",
    "License :: OSI Approved :: MIT License",
    "Operating System :: OS Independent",

"Homepage" = ""
"Bug Tracker" = "" 

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