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A Python library for creating "editable wheels"

This library supports the building of wheels which, when installed, will expose packages in a local directory on sys.path in "editable mode". In other words, changes to the package source will be reflected in the package visible to Python, without needing a reinstall.


Suppose you want to build a wheel for your project foo. Your project is located in the directory /path/to/foo. Under that directory, you have a src directory containing your project, which is a package called foo and a Python module called So your directory structure looks like this:

+-- src
|   +-- foo
|   |   +--
|   +--
+-- other files

Build your wheel as follows:

from editables import EditableProject

my_project = EditableProject("foo", "/path/to/foo")"foo", "src/foo")"bar", "src/")

# Build a wheel however you prefer...
wheel = BuildAWheel()

# Add files to the wheel
for name, content in my_project.files():
    wheel.add_file(name, content)

# Add any runtime dependencies to the wheel
for dep in my_project.dependencies():

The resulting wheel will, when installed, put packages foo and bar on sys.path so that editing the original source will take effect without needing a reinstall (i.e., as "editable" packages).

Exposing individual packages like this requires an import hook, which is itself provided by the editables package. That's why you need to add a (runtime) dependency to the wheel metadata, so that the installer will install the hook code as well. The dependencies are provided via an API call so that if, at some future point, the hook code gets moved to its own project, callers will not need to change.

If you don't need to expose individual packages like this, but are happy to put the whole of the src directory onto sys.path, you can do this using my_project.add_to_path("src"). If you only use add_to_path, and not map, then no runtime dependency will be required (although you should not rely on this, you should still call dependencies to allow for future changes in implementation).

Using add_to_path is the only reliable way of supporting implicit namespace packages - the mechanism used in map does not handle them correctly.

Note that this project doesn't build wheels directly. That's the responsibility of the calling code.

Python Compatibility

This project supports the same versions of Python as pip does. Currently that is Python 3.6 and later, and PyPy3 (although we don't test against PyPy).

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