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Automatic upgrade of PyPI packages

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Quick Start

from autoupgrade import Package


from autoupgrade import Package

The above will upgrade the Python package pip only if there is a new version available on the PyPI. The upgrade will be unattended and the python script will be restarted.

Old methods are still supported; you can accomplish the same task calling:

from autoupgrade import AutoUpgrade


pip install autoupgrade-ng

All the modules will be installed under the autoupgrade package, so make sure you have already removed the old AutoUpgrade package ( before install this to avoid an installation conflict.



class Package(__builtin__.object)

Decription: Basic package class, holds one package.

class AutoUpgrade(__builtin__.object)

Decription: Legacy class refering to Package one.


__init__(self, pkg, index=None, verbose=False)

Decription: None.


  • pkg (str) name of package.

  • index (str) alternative index, if not given default from pip will be used.
    Include full index url _(e.g.
    Return: None.

Decription: Check if pkg has a later version.

Arguments: None.

Return: True if later version exists, else False.


Decription: Restart application with same args as it was started.

Arguments: None.

Return: None.

upgrade(self, dependencies=False, prerelease=False, force=False)

Decription: Upgrade the package unconditionaly.


  • dependencies update dependencies if True (see ``pip –no-deps``).

  • prerelease update to pre-release and development versions.

  • force reinstall all packages even if they are already up-to-date.

Return: None.

smartupgrade(self, restart=True, dependencies=False,

Decription: Upgrade the package if there is a later version available.


  • restart restart app if True.

  • dependencies update dependencies if True (see ``pip –no-deps``).

  • prerelease update to pre-release and development versions.

Return: None.

upgrade\_if\_needed(self, restart=True, dependencies=False,

Decription: Legacy method refering to smartupgrade one.

Arguments: Same as smartupgrade.

Return: Same as smartupgrade.

Release notes


  • Fork of autoupgrade (

  • Python 3 support.

  • Removed unnecessary dependencies.

  • Pre-release and force-reinstall support.

  • Massive code refactoring and cleaning.

  • Updated README and LICENSE.

  • New exception PIPError to handle pip errors.

  • Main class renamed to Package.

  • More verbose messages.

  • Small code optimizations and improvements.


  • Issue #2, Index did not work when specified.

  • Issue #3, Autoupgrade should not print to console (added verbose flag to keep backward compatibility.

  • Issue #4, Support for pip > v0.6 .


  • Issue #1, Extra index did not work for all servers.


  • Fixed bug when version contains characters.


  • Fixed vital fault in v0.1.2 .


  • Setup file fixes

  • Removed verbose output as default.

  • Return value fixed of method upgrade.


  • Dependencies updated.


  • Initial release.

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