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"Requirements management using version control."

Project description


Doorstop is a requirements management tool that facilitates the storage of textual requirements alongside source code in version control.

When a project utilizes this tool, each linkable item (requirement, test case, etc.) is stored as a YAML file in a designated directory. The items in each directory form a document. The relationship between documents forms a tree hierarchy. Doorstop provides mechanisms for modifying this tree, validating item traceability, and publishing documents in several formats.

Doorstop is under active development and we welcome contributions.

The project is licensed as GPLv3.

To report a problem or a security vulnerability please raise an issue

Additional reading:



  • Python 3.3+
  • A version control system for requirements storage


Install Doorstop with pip:

$ pip install doorstop

or directly from source:

$ git clone
$ cd doorstop
$ python install

After installation, Doorstop is available on the command-line:

$ doorstop --help

And the package is available under the name ‘doorstop’:

$ python
>>> import doorstop
>>> doorstop.__version__


Switch to an existing version control working directory, or create one:

$ git init .

Create documents

Create a new parent requirements document:

$ doorstop create SRD ./reqs/srd

Add a few items to that document:

$ doorstop add SRD
$ doorstop add SRD
$ doorstop add SRD

Publish reports

Run integrity checks on the document tree:

$ doorstop

Publish the documents as HTML:

$ doorstop publish all ./public

Revision History

1.4 (2017/10/22)

  • Fixed issue running doorstop on CI (@ojohnny)

1.3.1 (2017/08/26)

  • Fixed templates location for installation issue.

1.3 (2017/07/29)

  • Updated HTML templates.
  • Bug fixes.

1.2.1 (2017/02/25)

  • Fixed issue where could doorstop create deleting the whole project.

1.2 (2017/02/11)

  • Disabled excessive text cleanup in items. (credit: @michaelnt)
  • Running doorstop review all will be required due to whitespace changes.
  • Added --no-levels={all,body} publishing options. (credit: @michaelnt)
  • Removed unnecessary line breaks (<br>) in generated HTML. (credit: @michaelnt)
  • DEPRECATION WARNING: --no-body-levels will not be supported in a future release.

1.1 (2017/01/09)

  • Added ‘–strict-child-check’ option to ensure links from every child document.

1.0.2 (2016/06/08)

1.0 (2016/04/17)

  • Fixed a bug checking levels across inactive items.
  • Added error message for all IO errors.
  • Added ‘–skip’ options to disable documents during validation.
  • Added Mercurial support. (credit: @tjasz)

0.8.4 (2015/03/12)

  • Restrict openpyxl < 2.2 (there appears to be a breaking change).

0.8.3 (2014/10/10)

  • Fixed a bug running VCS commands in subdirectories.
  • Excluded openpyxl == 2.1.0 as a dependency version.

0.8.2 (2014/09/29)

  • Limit the maximum version of openpyxl to 2.1.0 due to deprecation bug.

0.8.1 (2014/09/04)

  • Fixed a bug requesting new item numbers from the server.

0.8 (2014/08/28)

  • Added doorstop clear ... to absolve items of their suspect link status.
  • Added doorstop review ... to absolve items of their unreviewed status.
  • Added Item.clear() to save stamps (hashes) of linked items.
  • Added to save stamps (hashes) of reviewed items.
  • Added doorstop reorder ... to organize a document’s structure.
  • Renamed and identifer arguments to uid
  • Added ‘–no-body-levels’ to doorstop publish to hide levels on non-headings.
  • Added doorstop-server to launch a REST API for UID reservation.
  • Added ‘–server’ argument to doorstop add to specify the server address.
  • Added ‘–warn-all’ and ‘–error-all’ options promote warnings to errors.

0.7.1 (2014/08/18)

  • Fixed bug importing items with empty attributes.

0.7 (2014/07/08)

  • Added doorstop delete ... to delete document directories.
  • Added doorstop export ... to export content for external tools.
  • Fixed doorstop publish ... handling of unknown formats.
  • Added tree structure and traceability to index.html.
  • Added clickable links using Item IDs in HTML header tags.
  • Fixed bug publishing a document to a directory.
  • Fixed bug publishing a document without an extension or type specified.
  • Updated doorstop import ... to import from document export formats.
  • Updated doorstop edit ... to support document export/import.
  • Renamed doorstop new ... to doorstop create ....
  • Made ‘all’ a reserved word, which cannot be used as a prefix.

0.6 (2014/05/15)

  • Refactored Item levels into a Level class.
  • Refactored Item identifiers into an ID class.
  • Refactored Item text into a Text class (behaves like str).
  • Methods no longer require nor accept ‘document’ and ‘tree’ arguments.
  • Renamed Item.find_rlinks() to Item.find_child_links().
  • Changed ‘–no-rlink-check’ to ‘–no-child-check’.
  • Added Item.find_child_items() and Item.find_child_documents().
  • Added aliases to Item: parent_links, child_links/items/documents.
  • Added ‘–with-child-links’ to doorstop publish to publish child links.
  • Added doorstop import ... CLI to import documents and items.
  • Refactored Document prefixes in a Prefix class.
  • Added ‘–no-level-check’ to disable document level validation.
  • Added ‘–reorder’ option to doorstop to enable reordering.

0.5 (2014/04/25)

  • Converted Item.issues() to a property and added Item.get_issues().
  • Added ‘–level’ option to doorstop add to force an item level.
  • Added warnings for duplicate item levels in a document.
  • Added warnings for skipped item levels in a document.
  • Renamed Item methods: add_link -> link, remove_link -> unlink, valid -> validate.
  • Renamed Document methods: add -> add_item, remove -> remove_item, valid -> validate.
  • Renamed Tree methods: new -> new_document, add -> add_item, remove -> remove_item, link -> link_items, unlink -> unlink_items, edit -> edit_item, valid -> validate.
  • Added doorstop.importer functions to add exiting documents and items.

0.4.3 (2014/03/18)

  • Fixed storage of 2-part levels ending in a multiple of 10.

0.4.2 (2014/03/17)

  • Fixed a case where Item.root was not set.

0.4.1 (2014/03/16)

  • Fixed auto save/load decorator order.

0.4 (2014/03/16)

  • Added Tree.delete() to delete all document directories and item files.
  • Added doorstop publish all <directory> to publish trees and index.html.

0.3 (2014/03/12)

  • Added find_document and find_item convenience functions.
  • Added Document.delete() to delete a document directory and its item files.

0.2 (2014/03/05)

  • All Item text attributes are now be split by sentences and line-wrapped.
  • Added Tree.load() for cases when lazy loading is too slow.
  • Added caching to Tree.find_item() and Tree.find_document().

0.1 (2014/02/17)

  • Top-level items are no longer required to have a level ending in zero.
  • Added Item/Document.extended to get a list of extended attribute names.

0.0.21 (2014/02/14)

  • Documents can now have item files in sub-folders.

0.0.20 (2014/02/13)

  • Updated to support lists of items.

0.0.19 (2014/02/13)

  • Updated to support items or documents.
  • Removed the ‘iter_’ prefix from all generators.

0.0.18 (2014/02/12)

  • Fixed CSS bullets indent.

0.0.17 (2014/01/31)

  • Added caching of Item in the Document class.
  • Added Document.remove() to delete an item by its ID.
  • Item.find_rlinks() will now search the entire tree for links.

0.0.16 (2014/01/28)

  • Added Item.find_rlinks() to return reverse links and child documents.
  • Changed the logging format.
  • Added a ‘–project’ argument to provide a path to the root of the project.

0.0.15 (2014/01/27)

  • Fixed a mutable default argument bug in Item creation.

0.0.14 (2014/01/27)

  • Added Tree/Document/Item.iter_issues() method to yield all issues.
  • Tree/Document/Item.check() now logs all issues rather than failing fast.
  • Renamed Tree/Document/Item.check() to valid().

0.0.13 (2014/01/25)

  • Added Document.sep to separate prefix and item numbers.

0.0.12 (2014/01/24)

  • Fixed missing package data.

0.0.11 (2014/01/23)

  • Added property to disable certain items.
  • Added Item.derived property to disable link checking on certain items.

0.0.10 (2014/01/22)

  • Switched to embedded CSS in generated HTML.
  • Shortened default Item and Document string formatting.

0.0.9 (2014/01/21)

  • Added top-down link checking.
  • Non-normative items with a zero-ended level are now headings.
  • Added a CSS for generated HTML.
  • The ‘publish’ command now accepts an output file path.

0.0.8 (2014/01/16)

  • Searching for ‘ref’ will now also find filenames.
  • Item files can now contain arbitrary fields.
  • Document prefixes can now contain numbers, dashes, and periods.
  • Added a ‘normative’ attribute to the Item class.

0.0.7 (2013/12/09)

  • Always showing ‘ref’ in items.
  • Reloading item attributes after a save.
  • Inserting lines breaks after sentences in item ‘text’.

0.0.6 (2013/12/04)

  • Added basic report creation via doorstop publish ....

0.0.5 (2013/11/20)

  • Added item link and reference validation.
  • Added cached of loaded items.
  • Added preliminary VCS support for Git and Veracity.

0.0.4 (2013/11/04)

  • Implemented add, remove, link, and unlink commands.
  • Added basic tree validation.

0.0.3 (2013/10/17)

  • Added the initial Document class.
  • Items can now be ordered by ‘level’ in a document.
  • Initial tutorial created.

0.0.2 (2013/09/25)

  • Changed doorstop init to doorstop new.
  • Added the initial Item class.
  • Added stubs for the Document class.

0.0.1 (2013/09/11)

  • Initial release of Doorstop.

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