Package a Python Project and Make it Available via pip install: Simple Example

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Package a Python Project and Make it Available via pip install: Simple Example
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Grab example project here: Python Data Science Utils file

File is the most important configuration file for your project. Here is an example to get you started:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import setuptools

with open("", "r") as fh:
    long_description =

    version="0.0.1",                              # Update this for every new version
    author="Your name",
    description="long description",
    install_requires=[                            # Add project dependencied where, for
    ],                                            # example: "pandas>=0.20.0"
    classifiers=(                                 # Classifiers help people find your 
        "Programming Language :: Python :: 3",    # projects. See all possible classifiers 
        "License :: OSI Approved :: MIT License", # in
        "Operating System :: OS Independent",   

Project Structure

project-name/        <--- project name, does not need to match the inner name
├── myproject        <--- module name, this is the name you'll use in "import"                   
│   ├──  <--- init file must be here, even if your project is Python 3 only
│   └──    <--- submodules
├── LICENSE          <--- optional but recommended  
└──         <--- package information. name, author, version, etc     

Package the project

To package the project, run the following code (preferably under a virtualenv):

(test-venv)$ python sdist bdist_wheel
running sdist
running egg_info
creating myproject.egg-info
writing requirements to myproject.egg-info/requires.txt

After running the packaging command, your project now looks like this:

├── build
│   ├── bdist.linux-x86_64
│   └── lib
│       └── myproject
│           ├──
│           └── 
├── dist                                     <--- this is what you will upload
│   ├── myproject-0.0.1-py3-none-any.whl          to pypi
│   └── myproject-0.0.1.tar.gz
├── myproject
│   ├──
│   └──
├── myproject.egg-info
│   ├── dependency_links.txt
│   ├── PKG-INFO
│   ├── SOURCES.txt
│   └── top_level.txt

Upload the project to PyPi

Trying to upload the myproject project will fail because someone has already created a project on PyPi with that name!

To upload the project you need a tool called twine, which can be installed with pip:

(test-venv)$ pip install twine
Collecting twine

At this point, you should **register an account on so that you can upload packages.

After you created your account, you can upload the packaged files (this error message is expected, you should change the project name).

(test-venv)$ twine upload dist/*
Uploading distributions to
Enter your username: xxxxx
Enter your password: 
Uploading myproject-0.0.1-py3-none-any.whl
100%|████████████████████████████████████████████████████████| 4.52k/4.52k [00:00<00:00, 5.46kB/s]
HTTPError: 403 Client Error: The user 'xxxxx' isn't allowed to upload to project 'MyProject'. 
See for more information. for url:

Congratulations! After uploading the project (as above), anyone can install your project via pip.


You can't import the module you just uploaded

Make sure you have an file as in the instructions, even if your project is full Python 3!

module 'pkg_resources' has no attribute 'iter_entry_points'

Force reinstall setuptools:

(venv)$ pip install --upgrade --force-reinstall setuptools

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