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devpi-jenkins: Jenkins build trigger for devpi-server

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devpi-jenkins: Jenkins build trigger for devpi-server

For use with devpi-server >= 2.2.0.


devpi-jenkins needs to be installed alongside devpi-server.

You can install it with:

pip install devpi-jenkins

For devpi-server there is no configuration needed, as it will automatically discover the plugin through calling hooks using the setuptools entry points mechanism.

Details about configuration below.


devpi-jenkins can trigger Jenkins to test uploaded packages using tox. This needs configuration on two sides:

  • devpi: configuring an index to send POST requests to Jenkins upon upload

  • Jenkins: adding one or more jobs which can get triggered by devpi-jenkins.

Configuring a devpi index to trigger Jenkins

Here is a example command, using a /testuser/dev index and a Jenkins server at http://localhost:8080:

# needs one Jenkins job for each name of uploaded packages
devpi index /testuser/dev uploadtrigger_jenkins=http://localhost:8080/job/{pkgname}/build

Any package which gets uploaded to /testuser/dev will now trigger a POST request to the specified url. The {pkgname} and {pkgversion} strings will be substituted with the name of the uploaded package. You don’t need to specify such substitutions, however, if you rather want to have one generic Jenkins job which executes all tests for all your uploads:

# one generic job for all uploaded packages
devpi index /testuser/dev uploadtrigger_jenkins=http://localhost:8080/job/multijob/build

This requires a single multijob on the Jenkins side whereas the prior configuration would require a job for each package name that you possibly upload.

Note that uploading a package will succeed independently if a build job could be submitted successfully to Jenkins.

Configuring Jenkins job(s)

On the Jenkins side, you need to configure one or more jobs which can be triggered by devpi-jenkins. Each job is configured in the same way:

  • go to main Jenkins screen

  • hit “New Job” and enter a name (“multijob” if you want to configure a generic job), then select “freey style software project”, hit OK.

  • enable “This build is parametrized” and add a “File Parameter”, setting the file location to

  • add a buildstep “Execute Python script” (you need to have the Python plugin installed and enabled in Jenkins) and enter execfile("").

  • hit “Save” for the new build job.

You can now devpi upload a package to an index and see Jenkins starting after the upload successfully returns.

Behind the scenes

Once you triggered a job from devpi, you can checkout the in the Jenkins workspace to see what was injected. The injected script roughly follows these steps:

  • retrieves a stable virtualenv release through the devpi root/pypi index (i.e. use its caching ability)

  • unpack the virtualenv tar ball and run the contained “” script to create a _devpi environment

  • install/upgrade devpi-client into that environment

  • devpi use the index which we were triggered from

  • devpi test PKG where PKG is the package name that we uploaded.

Uploading Sphinx docs

If you have Sphinx-based documentation you can upload the rendered HTML documentation to your devpi server with the following command:

devpi upload --with-docs

This will build and upload Sphinx documentation by configuring and running this command: build_sphinx -E --build-dir $BUILD_DIR \
         upload_docs --upload-dir $BUILD_DIR/html

If you have distutils configured to use a devpi index you can upload documentation to that index simply by executing:

python upload_docs

Once uploaded the documentation will be linked to from the index overview page. Documentation URLs have the following form:


The devpi upload --with-docs command may fail with the following error:

error: invalid command 'build_sphinx'

This probably means you’re using an old version of setuptools that doesn’t support the build_sphinx command used by devpi, so you need to update setuptools:

pip install -U setuptools

If the devpi upload --with-docs command still fails with the same error message, maybe you forgot to install Sphinx? In that case:

pip install sphinx

Bulk uploading release files

If you have a directory with existing package files:

devpi upload --from-dir PATH/TO/DIR

will recursively collect all archives files, register and upload them to our local testuser/dev pypi index.

Using plain for uploading

In order for to register releases and upload release files we need to configure our index server in the $HOME/.pypirc file:

# content of $HOME/.pypirc
index-servers = ...  # any other index servers you have

repository: http://localhost:3141/testuser/dev/
username: testuser
password: <YOURPASSWORD>

Now let’s go to one of your based projects and issue:

python sdist upload -r dev

This will upload your sdist package to the testuser/dev index, configured in the .pypirc file.

If you now use testuser/dev for installation like this:

pip install -i http://localhost:3141/testuser/dev/+simple/ PKGNAME

You will install your package including any pypi-dependencies it might need, because the testuser/dev index inherits all packages from the pypi-mirroring root/pypi index.


2.0.0 - 2016-04-25

  • Drop support for Python 2.6 [fschulze]

  • fixes for devpi-server 3.0.0, older versions aren’t supported anymore [fschulze]

1.0.0 - 2015-05-13

  • include version in testspec for devpi test command [fschulze]

  • separated into plugin from devpi-server [fschulze (Florian Schulze)]

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