Packaging Your Code

Packaging your code is important.

You’ll need to package your code first before sharing it with other developers.

For Python Developers

If you’re writing an open source Python module, PyPI, more properly known as The Cheeseshop, is the place to host it.

Pip vs. easy_install

Use pip. More details here

Personal PyPI

If you want to install packages from a source different from PyPI, (say, if your packages are proprietary), you can do it by hosting a simple http server, running from the directory which holds those packages which need to be installed.

Showing an example is always beneficial

Say if you are after installing a package called MyPackage.tar.gz, and assuming this is your directory structure:

  • archive
    • MyPackage
      • MyPackage.tar.gz

Go to your command prompt and type:

$ cd archive
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 9000

This runs a simple http server running on port 9000 and will list all packages (like MyPackage). Now you can install MyPackage using any python package installer. Using Pip, you would do it like:

$ pip install --extra-index-url= MyPackage

Having a folder with the same name as the package name is crucial here. I got fooled by that, one time. But if you feel that creating a folder called MyPackage and keeping MyPackage.tar.gz inside that, is redundant, you can still install MyPackage using:

$ pip install


Chishop is a simple PyPI server written in django which allows you to register/upload with distutils and install with easy_install/pip.

For Linux Distributions

Useful Tools

  • epm
  • alien