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Project Description


RWT (Run With This) provides on-demand dependency resolution, making packages available for the duration of an interpreter session.

  • Allows declaration of dependencies at runtime.
  • Downloads missing dependencies and makes their packages available for import.
  • Installs packages to a special staging location such that they’re not installed after the process exits.
  • Relies on pip to cache downloads of such packages for reuse.
  • Supersedes installed packages when required.
  • Relies on packages already satisfied [1].
  • Re-uses the pip tool chain for package installation.

RWT is not intended to solve production dependency management, but does aim to address the other, one-off scenarios around dependency management:

  • build setup
  • test runners
  • just in time script running
  • interactive development

RWT is a compliment to Pip and Virtualenv and Setuptools, intended to more readily address the on-demand needs and supersede some features like setup_requires.

[1]Except when a requirements file is used.


License is indicated in the project metadata (typically one or more of the Trove classifiers). For more details, see this explanation.


  • as script launcher
  • as runtime dependency context manager
  • as interactive interpreter in dependency context
  • as module launcher (akin to python -m)


The examples folder in this project includes some examples demonstrating the power and usefulness of the project. Read the docs on those examples for instructions.

Script Runner

Let’s say you have a script that has a one-off purpose. It’s either not part of a library, where dependencies are normally declared, or it is normally executed outside the context of that library. Still, that script probably has dependencies, say on requests. Here’s how you can use rwt to declare the dependencies and launch the script in a context where those dependencies have been resolved.

First, add a __requires__ directive at the head of the script:

#!/usr/bin/env python

__requires__ = ['requests']

import requests

req = requests.get('')

Then, simply invoke that script with rwt:

$ python -m rwt --
Loading requirements using requests

rwt also recognizes a global __index_url__ attribute. If present, this value will supply --index-url to pip with the attribute value, allowing a script to specify a custom package index:

#!/usr/bin/env python

__requires__ = ['my_private_package']
__index_url__ = 'https://my.private.index/'

import my_private_package

Command Runner

Note that everything after the – is passed to the python invocation, so it’s possible to have a one-liner that runs under a dependency context:

$ python -m rwt requests -- -c "import requests; print(requests.get('').status_code)"
Loading requirements using requests

Interactive Interpreter

RWT also offers a painless way to run a Python interactive interpreter in the context of certain dependencies:

$ /clean-install/python -m rwt boto
Loading requirements using boto
>>> import boto

Replacing setup_requires

Following the script example, you can make your file compatible with rwt by declaring your depenedencies in the __requires__ directive:

#!/usr/bin/env python

__requires__ = ['setuptools', 'setuptools_scm']

import setuptools


When invoked with rwt, the dependencies will be assured before the script is run, or if run with setuptools, the dependencies will be loaded using the older technique, so the script is backward compatible.

Replacing tests_require

You can also replace tests_require. Consider a package that runs tests using test and relies on the tests_require directive to resolve dependencies needed during testing. Simply declare your dependencies in a separate file, e.g. “tests/requirements.txt”:

cat > tests/requiremenst.txt

For compatibility, expose those same requirements as tests_require in

with'tests/requirements.txt') as tr:
    tests_require = [
            for line in tr
            if re.match('\w+', line)


Then invoke tests with rwt:

$ python -m rwt -r tests/requirements.txt -- test

While still supporting the old technique:

$ python test

How Does It Work

RWT effectively does the following:

  • pip install -t $TMPDIR
  • cleanup

For specifics, see


RWT uses semver, so you can use this library with confidence about the stability of the interface, even during periods of great flux.


Invoke tests with tox.

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