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Poet helps you declare, manage and install dependencies of Python projects, ensuring you have the right stack everywhere.

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Poet helps you declare, manage and install dependencies of Python projects, ensuring you have the right stack everywhere.

The package is highly experimental at the moment so expect things to change and break. However, if you feel adventurous I’d gladly appreciate feedback and pull requests.


poet is a tool to handle dependencies installation, building and packaging of Python packages. It only needs one file to do all of that: poetry.toml.

name = "pypoet"
version = "0.1.0"
description = "Poet helps you declare, manage and install dependencies of Python projects, ensuring you have the right stack everywhere."

license = "MIT"

authors = [
    "Sébastien Eustace <>"

readme = ''

repository = ""
homepage = ""
documentation = ""

keywords = ['packaging', 'poet']

include = ['poet/**/*', 'LICENSE']

python = ["~2.7", "^3.2"]

toml = "^0.9"
requests = "^2.13"
semantic_version = "^2.6"
pygments = "^2.2"
twine = "^1.8"
wheel = "^0.29"
pip-tools = "^1.8.2"
cleo = { git = "", branch = "master" }

pytest = "^3.0"
pytest-cov = "^2.4"
coverage = "<4.0"
httpretty = "^0.8.14"

poet = ''

There are some things we can notice here:

  • It will try to enforce semantic versioning as the best practice in version naming.
  • You can specify the readme, included and excluded files: no more poet will also use VCS ignore files (like .gitignore) to populate the exclude section.
  • Keywords (up to 5) can be specified and will act as tags on the packaging site.
  • The dependencies sections support caret, tilde, wildcard, inequality and multiple requirements.
  • You must specify the python versions for which your package is compatible.

poet will also detect if you are inside a virtualenv and install the packages accordingly. So, poet can be installed globally and used everywhere.



This command will help you create a poetry.toml file interactively by prompting you to provide basic information about your package.

It will interactively ask you to fill in the fields, while using some smart defaults.

poet init


  • --name: Name of the package.
  • --description: Description of the package.
  • --author: Author of the package.
  • --require: Package to require with a version constraint. Should be in format foo:1.0.0.
  • --require-dev: Development requirements, see --require.
  • --index: Index to use when searching for packages.


The install command reads the poetry.toml file from the current directory, resolves the dependencies, and installs them.

poet install

If there is a poetry.lock file in the current directory, it will use the exact versions from there instead of resolving them. This ensures that everyone using the library will get the same versions of the dependencies.

If there is no poetry.lock file, Poet will create one after dependency resolution.


In order to get the latest versions of the dependencies and to update the poetry.lock file, you should use the update command.

poet update

This will resolve all dependencies of the project and write the exact versions into poetry.lock.

If you just want to update a few packages and not all, you can list them as such:

poet update requests toml


The check command will check if the poetry.toml file is valid.

poet check


The package command builds the source and wheels archives.


This command builds (if not already built) and publishes the package to the remote repository.

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