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Robustly generate exact git hashes for python packages

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Robustly generate exact git hashes for python packages


pip install pygitversion


The point of pygitversion is to enable you to robustly create your package with exact git version information, rather than just a simple version specifier.

It does not replace the semantic version specifier of your package, but rather complements it. pygitversion provides the tools necessary to always have git information available in a Python package (whether the actual repo is available or not).

To use in your package, follow these steps:

  1. If pyproject.toml does not exist in your package, create it.

  2. Add the key [build-system] to pyproject.toml, and add requires = ['pygitversion>=0.1.6','setuptools>40.8.0','wheel'] to the key.

  3. Ensure that contains the correct semantic __version__ specifier (eg. __version__ = 0.1.0).

  4. In, add the following:

    import pygitversion
    pygitversion.write_git_info_file(__file__, <rel_path_to_package>)
  5. Ensure the package has a, and that it includes at least:

    include <package>/GIT_INFO
  6. The git version of the module may then be accessed inside your package by doing:

    import pygitversion
  7. It is recommended (but not necessary) that contain:

    import pygitversion
    GIT_VERSION = pygitversion.construct_version_info(__name__)
  8. It is also recommended to add GIT_INFO to your .gitignore.

Cases Addressed

There are various ways a package can be installed, and pygitversion attempts to ensure that in each case, the git version is available. The following assumes the above steps have been followed in your package.

  1. Package cloned and installed via pip install .: a GIT_INFO file is created and installed due to That GIT_INFO file is found whenever the package is loaded. This will break iff the installed files on your PYTHONPATH are directly modified, which should never be the case.
  2. Package cloned and installed via pip install -e .: the module that is imported refers to the actual git repo (via symlink), and the git info is created at import time directly from the repo. This still works if the code is updated in place.
  3. Package installed directly from hosted source control via pip install git+git:...: When pip installs the package, it first fully clones the repo, which means the GIT_INFO file is built and added to the install, just as in point 1.
  4. Package installed from PyPI (pip install <package>): the process of building the sdist and bdist to upload to PyPI inherently re-builds and bundles the GIT_INFO file as part of the build, and this is installed with the package. Developers should be careful to build/upload only clean repositories.


To run the all tests run:



0.1.0 (2019-09-04)

  • First release on PyPI.

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