Add a new package#

The following document demonstrates how to create a new Python package for Software Heritage, hereafter named swh-foo.

We will need to create a project, initialize the new repository, reference the project in the Continuous Integration system and finally add the project to the documentation.

Create a project#

Creating the project from swh-py-template can be done using the bin/init-py-repo tool. This script uses the gitlab command-line tool provided by the python-gitlab module. Before running init-py-repo, please make sure that the gitlab command is working and configured with an access token of scope api.

The following commands need to run from the base directory swh-environment.

  1. Use bin/init-py-repo to initialize the repository with a project template and create the corresponding gitlab project:

    bin/init-py-repo swh-foo
  2. Install the pre-commit hook:

    pre-commit install

Add the repo on the swh-environment project#

Declare the repository on the mr configuration:


Adding the repository in .mrconfig will break swh-docs builds until the new module is registered in the documentation as explained below.

Install CI jobs#


Jobs will automatically be recreated when changes are pushed to the swh-jenkins-jobs repository. See Jenkins documentation for details.

Hack hack hack#

The generated project should have everything needed to start hacking in. You should typically start with:

  • fill the README file

  • write some code in swh/foo

  • write tests in swh/foo/tests

  • add yourself in CONTRIBUTORS if needed

  • add some sphinx documentation in docs

Make an initial release#

Releases are made automatically by Jenkins when a tag is pushed to a module repository. Making an initial release is thus done by doing:

git tag v0.0.0
git push origin --tags v0.0.0


Before adding a new module to the documentation, at least one release must have been made. Otherwise, the documentation will not build as it won’t be able to fetch the Python package from PyPI nor determine the version number. This is why we need to make an initial release before moving forward.

Update the documentation#

The documentation is in the swh-docs project. Each Python module get a section of the documentation automatically generated from its source code.

To add a new module to the documentation:

  • Add the package to the dependencies in requirements-swh.txt (publication build) and requirements-swh-dev.txt (documentation development build).

  • Reference the package in the toctree located in docs/devel/api-reference.rst

  • Add the package with a concise description to the index of the development part, located in docs/devel/index.rst.

    :ref:` <swh-foo>`
        short description of the repository
  • Ensure this builds fine locally (run tox run and tox run -e sphinx-dev)

  • Open a merge request with the above changes.