Generating your own Private Python Package Index


Perhaps you have an application that you need to deploy in a number of places in your organization, but you cannot deploy to pypi because the code is proprietary. Basketweaver was a tool that allows you to set up a static file index which you can share with Apache, NGinx, even Cachefly if you have a large distribution base and need a CDN for your files. Here’s how you can take your application, and turn it into an index you can install from.

Collecting Dependencies using compoze

If your current site-packages is adequate serve to create an index, you can pull them down using the compoze tool. First, we need to install it:


Now we can fetch all the packages we need using Compoze:

compoze  --fetch-site-packages --path=mytgapp_index

Now, compoze will not pull any local packages, so if you have things that are not part of pypi you are going to need to copy eggs for them in to the mytgapp_index directory. For more information on creating your own eggs please see Deploying your TG application with an Egg and Easy Install.

Using Basketweaver to create the Index

easy_install requires .html files in a certain format in order to pull down dependencies. Basketweaver will take a directory of eggs and do just that. First, let’s install it:

easy_install basketweaver

Now, lets move into our mytgapp_index dir and create the index:

cd mytgapp_index makeindex *

If you list the “index” directory inside, you will see folders for all dependent packages. Basketweaver will also have created an index.html for you.

Serving with Apache

Now, copy your top-level index folder to wherever you serve Apache files from.

Other Personal PyPI alternatives

EggBasket is a TurboGears 1.0 application that provides similar services, with a web frontend.