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Adds a command to dynamically get the version from the VCS of choice

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Get version from version control instead of hardcoding it into


Instead of hardcoding the version in like this:


This package allows specifying a VCS command like this:

    version_command='git describe',

…Which will then update the version into some-dist-name.egg-info/version.txt, so that the version can also be found if is being run from a sdist or something.

When it can find the version from either some-dist-name.egg-info/version.txt or the output of the version_command, it will update the version key that is normally used for the version, such as what’s used in the sdist filename and so on.

setup keyword

Instead of specifying the version keyword argument, specify the version_command keyword argument. It can either be a str or a tuple. If it’s a str, it’s interpreted as just the command to execute, for example git describe. If it’s a tuple, it must have two elements, the first must be the command, and the second specifies how to adapt the version string to PEP440 and must one have one of the following values:

Do nothing, ignore PEP440 and accept that pip/setuptools will throw warnings
Change "1.2.3-10-abc1234" to "1.2.3+git-10-abc1234"
pep440-git-dev or pep440-git
Change "1.2.3-10-abc1234" to "1.2.3dev10"


To use it, just do this:

pip install setuptools-version-command

With the pip of the global python. (Or use --user.)


To test it, run ./ --version.


Within a checkout of this repo:

virtualenv env
env/bin/pip install --editable .
env/bin/python --version

Make sure that you change the so that it actually makes use of setuptools-version-command.

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