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 should be done using the gitlab command-line tool provided by the python-gitlab module. Make sure to have the configuration working and an access token with api as scope.

To create the project:

DESCRIPTION="Software Heritage Foo management library"
NAMESPACE_ID="$(gitlab --output json namespace get --id 'swh/devel' | jq .id)"
gitlab project create \
    --name "$PROJECT_NAME" \
    --path "$PROJECT_NAME" \
    --namespace "$NAMESPACE_ID" \
    --description "$DESCRIPTION" \
    --issues-access-level enabled \
    --auto-devops-enabled false \
    --wiki-access-level disabled \
    --requirements-access-level disabled \
    --pages-access-level disabled \
    --operations-access-level disabled \
    --container-registry-access-level disabled \
    --visibility public

Initialize the repository with our template#

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

  1. Clone the new repository:

    git clone
  2. Use bin/init-py-repo to initialize the repository with a project template:

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

    pre-commit install

Customize the template#

Now look for the string foo in all files and file names and replace it with the name of the new package. Push these commits directly to the repository as initial content.

For an example, you can see what was done for swh-counters.

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.

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.