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PDM - Python Development Master

A modern Python package manager with PEP 582 support. 中文版本说明

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What is PDM?

PDM is meant to be a next generation Python package management tool. It is originally built for personal interest. If you feel you are going well with Pipenv or Poetry and don't want to introduce another package manager, just stick to it. But if you are missing something that is not present in those tools, you can probably find some goodness in pdm.

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Highlights of features

  • PEP 582 local package installer and runner, no virtualenv involved at all.
  • Simple and relatively fast dependency resolver, mainly for large binary distributions.
  • A PEP 517 build backend.

Why not virtualenv?

Now the majority of Python packaging tools also act as virtualenv managers. It is for the benifit of isolating project environments. But things will get tricky when it comes to nested venvs: One installs the virtualenv manager using a venv capsulated Python, and create more venvs using the tool which is based on a capsulated Python. One day a minor release of Python out and one has to check all those venvs and upgrade them if required.

While PEP 582, in the other hand, introduce a way to decouple Python interpreter with project environments. It is a relative new proposal and there are not many tools supporting it, among which there is pyflow, but it is written with Rust and can't get much help from the big Python community. Moreover, due to the same reason, it can't act as a PEP 517 backend.


$ pipx install pdm

It is recommended to install pdm in an isolated enviroment, with pipx.

Or you can install it under user site:

$ pip install --user pdm


python -m pdm --help should be a good guidance.

0.1.0 Roadmap

  • [x] A dependency resolver that just works.
  • [x] A PEP 582 installer.
  • [x] PEP 440 version specifiers.
  • [x] PEP 508 environment markers.
  • [x] Running scripts with PEP 582 local packages.
  • [x] Console scripts are injected with local paths.
  • [x] A neet CLI.
  • [x] add, lock, list, update, remove, build commands.
  • [x] PEP 517 build backends.
  • [x] Continuous Integration.


This project is strongly inspired by pyflow and poetry.


This project is open sourced under MIT license, see the LICENSE file for more details.

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