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pipdated checks on PyPi if a given module is outdated. Can be used for upgrade notifications.

Using pipdated is really easy. Simply run

import pipdated
msg = pipdated.check('matplotlib', '0.4.5')

This will print

Upgrade to   matplotlib 2.0.0    available! (installed: 0.4.5)

matplotlib's API changes in this upgrade. Changes to your code may be necessary.

To upgrade matplotlib with pip, type

   pip install -U matplotlib

To upgrade _all_ pip-installed packages, use


To disable these checks, set SecondsBetweenChecks in

If you guard the check with

if pipdated.needs_checking('matplotlib'):
    print(pipdated.check('matplotlib', '0.4.5'))

then it will be performed at most every k seconds, where k is specified in the config file $HOME/.config/pipdated/config.ini, e.g., once a day

secondsbetweenchecks = 86400

This can, for example, be used by module authors to notify users of upgrades of their own modules.

Additionally, pipdated provides the little command-line helper tool pipdate and pipdate3 for upgrading all pip/pip3-installed packages.


pipdated is available from the Python Package Index, so simply type

pip install pipdated


To run the pipdated unit tests, check out this repository and type



To create a new release

  1. bump the __version__ number,

  2. publish to PyPi and GitHub:

    $ make publish


pipdated is published under the MIT license.

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