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reuse is a tool for compliance with the REUSE Initiative recommendations.

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# reuse

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> reuse is a tool for compliance with the [REUSE > Initiative]( recommendations.

## Background

Copyright and licensing is difficult, especially when reusing software from different projects that are released under various different licenses. The [REUSE Initiative]( was started by the [FSFE]( to provide a set of recommendations to make licensing your free software projects easier. Not only do these recommendations make it easier for you to declare the licenses under which your works are released, but they also make it easier for a computer to understand how your project is licensed.

As a short summary, the recommendations are threefold:

  1. Provide the exact text of each license used, verbatim.
  2. Include a copyright notice and license in (or about) each file.
  3. Provide an inventory for included software.

You are recommended to read the [recommendations]( in full for more details.

This tool exists to facilitate the developer in complying to the above recommendations. It will serve as a linter for compliance, and as a compiler for generating the bill of materials.

There are other tools, such as [FOSSology](, that have a lot more features and functionality surrounding the analysis and inspection of copyright and licenses in software projects. reuse, on the other hand, is solely designed to be a simple tool to assist in compliance with the REUSE Initiative recommendations.

## Install

To install reuse, you need to have the following pieces of software on your computer:

  • Python 3.5+
  • Pip
  • python3-pygit2

You can install python3-pygit2 via your operating system’s package manager. For Debian-like GNU/Linux distributions this would be:

apt-get install python3-pygit2

Note that simply installing pygit2 via pip does not work as this omits the libgit2 dependency.

You can also use reuse without python3-pygit2 at the cost of significantly degraded performance as the amount of files to process increases.

To install reuse, you only need to run the following command:

pip3 install –user fsfe-reuse

After this, make sure that ~/.local/bin is in your $PATH.

## Usage

First, read the [REUSE recommendations]( In a nutshell:

  • Include the texts of all used licenses in your project.
  • Add a comment header to each file that says SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-3.0+. Replace GPL-3.0+ with the license that applies to the file. If you cannot edit the comment header, include a [debian/copyright]( file.
  • Add a comment header to each file that says Copyright (C) YEAR NAME. You can be flexible with the format, just make sure that the line starts with Copyright. You can add multiple lines.

Once you have taken those steps (again, read the actual recommendations for better instructions), you can use this tool to verify whether your project is fully compliant with the REUSE recommendations. To check against the recommendations, use reuse lint:

~/Projects/curl$ reuse lint .gitattributes README docs/libcurl/CMakeLists.txt lib/.gitattributes […]

All the listed files have no licence information associated with them.

To generate a bill of materials, use reuse compile:

~/Projects/curll$ reuse compile SPDXVersion: SPDX-2.1 DataLicense: CC0-1.0 SPDXID: SPDXRef-DOCUMENT DocumentName: curl DocumentNamespace: Creator: Person: Anonymous () Creator: Organization: Anonymous () Creator: Tool: reuse-0.0.4 Created: 2017-11-15T11:42:28Z CreatorComment: <text>This document was created automatically using available reuse information consistent with the REUSE Initiative.</text> […]

Ideally, you would distribute this bill of materials together with the tarfile distribution of your project.

Make sure that, when outputting to a file, that this file ends in the .spdx extension. If you do not do this, the tool will attempt to include the file itself into the bill of materials, which obviously will not work.

## Maintainers

  • Carmen Bianca Bakker - carmenbianca at fsfe dot org
  • Jonas Öberg - jonas at fsfe dot org

## Contribute

Any pull requests or suggestions are welcome at <> or via e-mail to one of the maintainers. General inquiries can be sent to <>.

Starting local development is very simple, just execute the following commands:

git clone cd reuse/ python3 -mvenv venv source venv/bin/activate make develop

You need to run make develop at least once to set up the virtualenv.

Next, run make help to see the available interactions.

## License

Copyright (C) 2017 Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.

Licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 or later.

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