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setuptools_scm handles managing your Python package versions in SCM metadata instead of declaring them as the version argument or in a SCM managed file.

Additionally setuptools_scm provides setuptools with a list of files that are managed by the SCM (i.e. it automatically adds all of the SCM-managed files to the sdist). Unwanted files must be excluded by discarding them via

setuptools_scm support the following scm out of the box:

  • git
  • mercurial

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pyproject.toml usage

The preferred way to configure setuptools_scm is to author settings in a tool.setuptools_scm section of pyproject.toml.

This feature requires Setuptools 42 or later, released in Nov, 2019. If your project needs to support build from sdist on older versions of Setuptools, you will need to also implement the usage for those legacy environments.

First, ensure that setuptools_scm is present during the project's built step by specifying it as one of the build requirements.

.. code:: toml

# pyproject.toml
requires = ["setuptools>=45", "wheel", "setuptools_scm>=6.2"]

That will be sufficient to require setuptools_scm for projects that support PEP 518 (pip <> and pep517 <>). Many tools, especially those that invoke for any reason, may continue to rely on setup_requires. For maximum compatibility with those uses, consider also including a setup_requires directive (described below in usage and setup.cfg).

To enable version inference, add this section to your pyproject.toml:

.. code:: toml

# pyproject.toml

Including this section is comparable to supplying use_scm_version=True in Additionally, include arbitrary keyword arguments in that section to be supplied to get_version(). For example:

.. code:: toml

# pyproject.toml

write_to = "pkg/" usage (deprecated)

.. warning::

setup_requires has been deprecated in favor of pyproject.toml

The following settings are considered legacy behavior and superseded by the pyproject.toml usage, but for maximal compatibility, projects may also supply the configuration in this older form.

To use setuptools_scm just modify your project's file like this:

  • Add setuptools_scm to the setup_requires parameter.
  • Add the use_scm_version parameter and set it to True.

For example:

.. code:: python

from setuptools import setup

Arguments to get_version() (see below) may be passed as a dictionary to use_scm_version. For example:

.. code:: python

from setuptools import setup
    use_scm_version = {
        "root": "..",
        "relative_to": __file__,
        "local_scheme": "node-and-timestamp"

You can confirm the version number locally via

.. code-block:: shell

$ python --version

.. note::

If you see unusual version numbers for packages but python --version reports the expected version number, ensure [egg_info] is not defined in setup.cfg.

setup.cfg usage (deprecated)

as setup_requires is deprecated in favour of pyproject.toml usage in setup.cfg is considered deprecated, please use pyproject.toml whenever possible.

Programmatic usage

In order to use setuptools_scm from code that is one directory deeper than the project's root, you can use:

.. code:: python

from setuptools_scm import get_version
version = get_version(root='..', relative_to=__file__)

See Usage (deprecated)_ above for how to use this within

Retrieving package version at runtime

If you have opted not to hardcode the version number inside the package, you can retrieve it at runtime from PEP-0566 metadata using importlib.metadata from the standard library (added in Python 3.8) or the importlib_metadata backport:

.. code:: python

from importlib.metadata import version, PackageNotFoundError

    __version__ = version("package-name")
except PackageNotFoundError:
    # package is not installed

Alternatively, you can use pkg_resources which is included in setuptools (but has a significant runtime cost):

.. code:: python

from pkg_resources import get_distribution, DistributionNotFound

try: version = get_distribution("package-name").version except DistributionNotFound:

    # package is not installed

However, this does place a runtime dependency on setuptools and can add up to a few 100ms overhead for the package import time.

.. _PEP-0566: .. _importlib_metadata:

Usage from Sphinx

It is discouraged to use setuptools_scm from Sphinx itself, instead use importlib.metadata after editable/real installation:

.. code:: python

# contents of docs/
from importlib.metadata import version
release = version('myproject')
# for example take major/minor
version = '.'.join(release.split('.')[:2])

The underlying reason is, that services like Read the Docs sometimes change the working directory for good reasons and using the installed metadata prevents using needless volatile data there.

Notable Plugins

setuptools_scm_git_archive <>_ Provides partial support for obtaining versions from git archives that belong to tagged versions. The only reason for not including it in setuptools_scm itself is Git/GitHub not supporting sufficient metadata for untagged/followup commits, which is preventing a consistent UX.

Default versioning scheme

In the standard configuration setuptools_scm takes a look at three things:

  1. latest tag (with a version number)
  2. the distance to this tag (e.g. number of revisions since latest tag)
  3. workdir state (e.g. uncommitted changes since latest tag)

and uses roughly the following logic to render the version:

no distance and clean: {tag} distance and clean: {next_version}.dev{distance}+{scm letter}{revision hash} no distance and not clean: {tag}+dYYYYMMDD distance and not clean: {next_version}.dev{distance}+{scm letter}{revision hash}.dYYYYMMDD

The next version is calculated by adding 1 to the last numeric component of the tag.

For Git projects, the version relies on git describe <>_, so you will see an additional g prepended to the {revision hash}.

Semantic Versioning (SemVer)

Due to the default behavior it's necessary to always include a
patch version (the ``3`` in ``1.2.3``), or else the automatic guessing
will increment the wrong part of the SemVer (e.g. tag ``2.0`` results in
``2.1.devX`` instead of ``2.0.1.devX``). So please make sure to tag

.. note::

    Future versions of ``setuptools_scm`` will switch to `SemVer
    <>`_ by default hiding the the old behavior as an
    configurable option.

Builtin mechanisms for obtaining version numbers

1. the SCM itself (git/hg)
2. ``.hg_archival`` files (mercurial archives)
3. ``PKG-INFO``

.. note::

    Git archives are not supported due to Git shortcomings

File finders hook makes most of unnecessary

``setuptools_scm`` implements a `file_finders
entry point which returns all files tracked by your SCM. This eliminates
the need for a manually constructed ```` in most cases where this
would be required when not using ``setuptools_scm``, namely:

* To ensure all relevant files are packaged when running the ``sdist`` command.

* When using `include_package_data <>`_
  to include package data as part of the ``build`` or ``bdist_wheel``.

```` may still be used: anything defined there overrides the hook.
This is mostly useful to exclude files tracked in your SCM from packages,
although in principle it can be used to explicitly include non-tracked files

Configuration parameters

In order to configure the way ``use_scm_version`` works you can provide
a mapping with options instead of a boolean value.

The currently supported configuration keys are:

    Relative path to cwd, used for finding the SCM root; defaults to ``.``

    Configures how the local version number is constructed; either an
    entrypoint name or a callable.

    Configures how the local component of the version is constructed; either an
    entrypoint name or a callable.

    A path to a file that gets replaced with a file containing the current
    version. It is ideal for creating a ```` file within the
    package, typically used to avoid using `pkg_resources.get_distribution`
    (which adds some overhead).

    .. warning::

      Only files with :code:`.py` and :code:`.txt` extensions have builtin
      templates, for other file types it is necessary to provide

    A newstyle format string that is given the current version as
    the ``version`` keyword argument for formatting.

    A file from which the root can be resolved.
    Typically called by a script or module that is not in the root of the
    repository to point ``setuptools_scm`` at the root of the repository by
    supplying ``__file__``.

   A Python regex string to extract the version part from any SCM tag.
    The regex needs to contain either a single match group, or a group
    named ``version``, that captures the actual version information.

    Defaults to the value of ``setuptools_scm.config.DEFAULT_TAG_REGEX``
    (see ` <src/setuptools_scm/>`_).

    If the normal methods for detecting the version (SCM version,
    sdist metadata) fail, and the parent directory name starts with
    ``parentdir_prefix_version``, then this prefix is stripped and the rest of
    the parent directory name is matched with ``tag_regex`` to get a version
    string.  If this parameter is unset (the default), then this fallback is
    not used.

    This is intended to cover GitHub's "release tarballs", which extract into
    directories named ``projectname-tag/`` (in which case
    ``parentdir_prefix_version`` can be set e.g. to ``projectname-``).

    A version string that will be used if no other method for detecting the
    version worked (e.g., when using a tarball with no metadata). If this is
    unset (the default), setuptools_scm will error if it fails to detect the

    A function that will be used instead of the discovered SCM for parsing the
    Use with caution, this is a function for advanced use, and you should be
    familiar with the ``setuptools_scm`` internals to use it.

    This command will be used instead the default ``git describe`` command.
    Use with caution, this is a function for advanced use, and you should be
    familiar with the ``setuptools_scm`` internals to use it.

    Defaults to the value set by ``setuptools_scm.git.DEFAULT_DESCRIBE``
    (see ` <src/setuptools_scm/>`_).

    A boolean flag indicating if the version string should be normalized.
    Defaults to ``True``. Setting this to ``False`` is equivalent to setting
    ``version_cls`` to ``setuptools_scm.version.NonNormalizedVersion``

    An optional class used to parse, verify and possibly normalize the version
    string. Its constructor should receive a single string argument, and its
    ``str`` should return the normalized version string to use.
    This option can also receive a class qualified name as a string.

    This defaults to ``packaging.version.Version`` if available. If
    ``packaging`` is not installed, ``pkg_resources.packaging.version.Version``
    is used. Note that it is known to modify git release candidate schemes.

    The ``setuptools_scm.NonNormalizedVersion`` convenience class is
    provided to disable the normalization step done by
    ``packaging.version.Version``. If this is used while ``setuptools_scm``
    is integrated in a setuptools packaging process, the non-normalized
    version number will appear in all files (see ``write_to``) BUT note
    that setuptools will still normalize it to create the final distribution,
    so as to stay compliant with the python packaging standards.

To use ``setuptools_scm`` in other Python code you can use the ``get_version``

.. code:: python

    from setuptools_scm import get_version
    my_version = get_version()

It optionally accepts the keys of the ``use_scm_version`` parameter as
keyword arguments.

Example configuration in ```` format:

.. code:: python

    from setuptools import setup

            'write_to': '',
            'write_to_template': '__version__ = "{version}"',
            'tag_regex': r'^(?P<prefix>v)?(?P<version>[^\+]+)(?P<suffix>.*)?$',

Environment variables

    when defined and not empty,
    its used as the primary source for the version number
    in which case it will be a unparsed string

    when defined and not empty,
    its used as the primary source for the version number
    in which case it will be a unparsed string

    it takes precedence over ``SETUPTOOLS_SCM_PRETEND_VERSION``

    when defined and not empty,
    a lot of debug information will be printed as part of ``setuptools_scm``

    when defined, used as the timestamp from which the
    ``node-and-date`` and ``node-and-timestamp`` local parts are
    derived, otherwise the current time is used

    when defined, a ``os.pathsep`` separated list
    of directory names to ignore for root finding

Extending setuptools_scm

``setuptools_scm`` ships with a few ``setuptools`` entrypoints based hooks to
extend its default capabilities.

Adding a new SCM

``setuptools_scm`` provides two entrypoints for adding new SCMs:

    A function used to parse the metadata of the current workdir
    using the name of the control directory/file of your SCM as the
    entrypoint's name. E.g. for the built-in entrypoint for git the
    entrypoint is named ``.git`` and references ``setuptools_scm.git:parse``

  The return value MUST be a ``setuptools_scm.version.ScmVersion`` instance
  created by the function ``setuptools_scm.version:meta``.

  Either a string containing a shell command that prints all SCM managed
  files in its current working directory or a callable, that given a
  pathname will return that list.

  Also use then name of your SCM control directory as name of the entrypoint.

Version number construction

    Configures how the version number is constructed given a
    ``setuptools_scm.version.ScmVersion`` instance and should return a string
    representing the version.

    Available implementations:

    :guess-next-dev: Automatically guesses the next development version (default).
        Guesses the upcoming release by incrementing the pre-release segment if present,
        otherwise by incrementing the micro segment. Then appends :code:`.devN`.
        In case the tag ends with ``.dev0`` the version is not bumped
        and custom ``.devN`` versions will trigger a error.
    :post-release: generates post release versions (adds :code:`.postN`)
    :python-simplified-semver: Basic semantic versioning. Guesses the upcoming release
        by incrementing the minor segment and setting the micro segment to zero if the
        current branch contains the string ``'feature'``, otherwise by incrementing the
        micro version. Then appends :code:`.devN`. Not compatible with pre-releases.
    :release-branch-semver: Semantic versioning for projects with release branches. The
        same as ``guess-next-dev`` (incrementing the pre-release or micro segment) if on
        a release branch: a branch whose name (ignoring namespace) parses as a version
        that matches the most recent tag up to the minor segment. Otherwise if on a
        non-release branch, increments the minor segment and sets the micro segment to
        zero, then appends :code:`.devN`.
    :no-guess-dev: Does no next version guessing, just adds :code:`.post1.devN`

    Configures how the local part of a version is rendered given a
    ``setuptools_scm.version.ScmVersion`` instance and should return a string
    representing the local version.
    Dates and times are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), because as part
    of the version, they should be location independent.

    Available implementations:

    :node-and-date: adds the node on dev versions and the date on dirty
                    workdir (default)
    :node-and-timestamp: like ``node-and-date`` but with a timestamp of
                         the form ``{:%Y%m%d%H%M%S}`` instead
    :dirty-tag: adds ``+dirty`` if the current workdir has changes
    :no-local-version: omits local version, useful e.g. because pypi does
                       not support it

Importing in ````

To support usage in ```` passing a callable into ``use_scm_version``
is supported.

Within that callable, ``setuptools_scm`` is available for import.
The callable must return the configuration.

.. code:: python

    # content of
    import setuptools

    def myversion():
        from setuptools_scm.version import get_local_dirty_tag
        def clean_scheme(version):
            return get_local_dirty_tag(version) if version.dirty else '+clean'

        return {'local_scheme': clean_scheme}


Note on testing non-installed versions

While the general advice is to test against a installed version, some environments require a test prior to install,

.. code::

$ python egg_info $ PYTHONPATH=$PWD:$PWD/src pytest

Interaction with Enterprise Distributions

Some enterprise distributions like RHEL7 and others
ship rather old setuptools versions due to various release management details.

In those case its typically possible to build by using a sdist against ``setuptools_scm<2.0``.
As those old setuptools versions lack sensible types for versions,
modern setuptools_scm is unable to support them sensibly.

In case the project you need to build can not be patched to either use old setuptools_scm,
its still possible to install a more recent version of setuptools in order to handle the build
and/or install the package by using wheels or eggs.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the ``setuptools_scm`` project's codebases, issue
trackers, chat rooms, and mailing lists is expected to follow the
`PSF Code of Conduct`_.

.. _PSF Code of Conduct:

Security Contact

To report a security vulnerability, please use the
`Tidelift security contact <>`_.
Tidelift will coordinate the fix and disclosure.

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