.pypirc file allows you to define the configuration for package
indexes (referred to here as “repositories”), so that you don’t
have to enter the URL, username, or password whenever you upload a package with
twine or flit.
The format (originally defined by the distutils package) is:
[distutils] index-servers = first-repository second-repository [first-repository] repository = <first-repository URL> username = <first-repository username> password = <first-repository password> [second-repository] repository = <second-repository URL> username = <second-repository username> password = <second-repository password>
distutils section defines an
index-servers field that lists the
name of all sections describing a repository.
Each section describing a repository defines three fields:
repository: The URL of the repository.
username: The registered username on the repository.
password: The password that will used to authenticate the username.
Be aware that this stores your password in plain text. For better security, consider an alternative like keyring, setting environment variables, or providing the password on the command line.
Otherwise, set the permissions on
.pypirc so that only you can view
or modify it. For example, on Linux or macOS, run:
chmod 600 ~/.pypirc
These examples apply to twine. Other projects (e.g. flit) also use
.pypirc, but with different defaults. Please refer to each project’s
documentation for more details and usage instructions.
Twine’s default configuration mimics a
.pypirc with repository sections
for PyPI and TestPyPI:
[distutils] index-servers = pypi testpypi [pypi] repository = https://upload.pypi.org/legacy/ [testpypi] repository = https://test.pypi.org/legacy/
Twine will add additional configuration from
$HOME/.pypirc, the command
line, and environment variables to this default configuration.
Using a PyPI token¶
To set your API token for PyPI, you can create a
[pypi] username = __token__ password = <PyPI token>
For TestPyPI, add a
[testpypi] section, using the
API token from your TestPyPI account.
Using another package index¶
To configure an additional repository, you’ll need to redefine the
index-servers field to include the repository name. Here is a complete
example of a
$HOME/.pypirc for PyPI, TestPyPI, and a private repository:
[distutils] index-servers = pypi testpypi private-repository [pypi] username = __token__ password = <PyPI token> [testpypi] username = __token__ password = <TestPyPI token> [private-repository] repository = <private-repository URL> username = <private-repository username> password = <private-repository password>
Instead of using the
password field, consider saving your API tokens
and passwords securely using keyring (which is installed by Twine):
keyring set https://upload.pypi.org/legacy/ __token__ keyring set https://test.pypi.org/legacy/ __token__ keyring set <private-repository URL> <private-repository username>