A publishable Python setuptools distribution (e.g. an sdist or wheel).

See Building distributions.

Backend: pants.backend.python


type: PythonArtifact

The setup.py kwargs for the external artifact built from this target.

You must define name. You can also set almost any keyword argument accepted by setup.py in the setup() function: (https://packaging.python.org/guides/distributing-packages-using-setuptools/#setup-args).

See Custom python_artifact() kwargs for how to write a plugin to dynamically generate kwargs.


type: Iterable[str] | None
default: None

Addresses to other targets that this target depends on, e.g. ['helloworld/subdir:lib', 'helloworld/main.py:lib', '3rdparty:reqs#django'].

This augments any dependencies inferred by Pants, such as by analyzing your imports. Use pants dependencies or pants peek on this target to get the final result.

See Targets and BUILD files for more about how addresses are formed, including for generated targets. You can also run pants list :: to find all addresses in your project, or pants list dir to find all addresses defined in that directory.

If the target is in the same BUILD file, you can leave off the BUILD file path, e.g. :tgt instead of helloworld/subdir:tgt. For generated first-party addresses, use ./ for the file path, e.g. ./main.py:tgt; for all other generated targets, use :tgt#generated_name.

You may exclude dependencies by prefixing with !, e.g. ['!helloworld/subdir:lib', '!./sibling.txt']. Ignores are intended for false positives with dependency inference; otherwise, simply leave off the dependency from the BUILD file.


type: str | None
default: None

A human-readable description of the target.

Use pants list --documented :: to see all targets with descriptions.


type: Dict[str, Dict[str, str]] | None
default: None

Any entry points, such as console_scripts and gui_scripts.

Specify as a nested dictionary, with a dictionary for each type of entry point, e.g. console_scripts vs. gui_scripts. Each dictionary maps the entry point name to either a setuptools entry point ("path.to.module:func") or a Pants target address to a pex_binary target.


      "console_scripts": {
        "my-script": "project.app:main",
        "another-script": "project/subdir:pex_binary_tgt"

Note that Pants will assume that any value that either starts with : or has / in it, is a target address to a pex_binary target. Otherwise, it will assume it's a setuptools entry point as defined by https://packaging.python.org/specifications/entry-points/#entry-points-specification. Use // as a prefix for target addresses if you need to disambiguate.

Pants will attempt to infer dependencies, which you can confirm by running:

pants dependencies <python_distribution target address>


type: Iterable[str] | None
default: None

Environment variables to set when running the PEP-517 build backend.

Entries are either strings in the form ENV_VAR=value to set an explicit value; or just ENV_VAR to copy the value from Pants's own environment.


type: bool | None
default: None

Whether to generate setup information for this distribution, based on analyzing sources and dependencies. Set to False to use existing setup information, such as existing setup.py, setup.cfg, pyproject.toml files or similar.


type: Iterable[str] | None
default: None

The Python interpreters this code is compatible with.

Each element should be written in pip-style format, e.g. CPython==2.7.* or CPython>=3.6,<4. You can leave off CPython as a shorthand, e.g. >=2.7 will be expanded to CPython>=2.7.

Specify more than one element to OR the constraints, e.g. ['PyPy==3.7.*', 'CPython==3.7.*'] means either PyPy 3.7 or CPython 3.7.

If the field is not set, it will default to the option [python].interpreter_constraints.

See Interpreter compatibility for how these interpreter constraints are merged with the constraints of dependencies.


type: str | None
default: None

Path to a file that will be used to fill the long_description field in setup.py.

Path is relative to the build root.

Alternatively, you can set the long_description in the provides field, but not both.

This field won't automatically set long_description_content_type field for you. You have to specify this field yourself in the provides field.


type: str | None
default: ''

The path to the directory to write the distribution file to, relative the dist directory.

If undefined, this defaults to the empty path, i.e. the output goes at the top level of the dist dir.


type: Iterable[str] | None
default: None
backend: pants.backend.experimental.python

List of URL addresses or Twine repository aliases where to publish the Python package.

Twine is used for publishing Python packages, so the address to any kind of repository that Twine supports may be used here.

Aliases are prefixed with @ to refer to a config section in your Twine configuration, such as a .pypirc file. Use @pypi to upload to the public PyPi repository, which is the default when using Twine directly.


type: bool
default: True

Whether to build an sdist for the distribution.


type: Dict[str, Iterable[str]] | None
default: None

PEP-517 config settings to pass to the build backend when building an sdist.


type: bool
default: False
backend: pants.backend.experimental.python

If true, don't publish this target's packages using Twine.


type: Iterable[str] | None
default: None

Arbitrary strings to describe a target.

For example, you may tag some test targets with 'integration_test' so that you could run pants --tag='integration_test' test :: to only run on targets with that tag.


type: bool
default: False
backend: pants.backend.python.typecheck.mypy

If true, this distribution is built using mypyc.

In this case, Pants will build the distribution in an environment that includes mypy, as configured in the [mypy] subsystem, including plugins, config files, extra type stubs, and the distribution's own requirements (which normally would not be needed at build time, but in this case may provide necessary type annotations).

You will typically set this field on distributions whose setup.py uses mypyc.build.mypycify(). See https://mypyc.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html .


type: bool
default: True

Whether to build a wheel for the distribution.


type: Dict[str, Iterable[str]] | None
default: None

PEP-517 config settings to pass to the build backend when building a wheel.