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Python Repository

Cloudsmith provides public & private repositories for Python packages

Python is an awesome general-purpose programming language (we use it!). Cloudsmith is proud to support fully-featured registries for managing your own public and private python packages.

For more information on Python, please see:

  • Python: The official website for Python
  • PyPi: The Python Package Index


Contextual Documentation

The examples in this document are generic. Cloudsmith provides contextual setup instructions within each repository, complete with copy n' paste snippets (with your namespace/repo pre-configured).

In the following examples:




Your Cloudsmith account name or organisation name (namespace)


Your Cloudsmith Repository name (also called "slug")


Your Cloudsmith Entitlement Token (see Entitlements for more details)


Your Cloudsmith username


Your Cloudsmith password


Your Cloudsmith API Key


The name of your package


The version number of your package

Upload a Package

To upload, you need to generate your package first. You can do this with:

python setup.py bdist_wheel --universal

This generates a wheel package file (.whl) like your-package-1.2.3.whl that you can upload.


This assumes that you've created a setup.py file for your project. Please see the official PyPA packaging guide on how to create a setup.py for more information. There are also different types of distributions that you might be interested in, such as a source distribution, tarball distribution, etc.

Upload via native Python tooling

The endpoint for the native Python API is:


In order to authenticate for native publishing, you'll need to create a .pypirc file (in your $HOME or project directory), with the following:

index-servers =
  repository: https://python.cloudsmith.io/OWNER/REPOSITORY/
  username: USERNAME
  password: API-KEY

You can then publish from your project directory using twine:

twine upload -r cloudsmith dist/PACKAGE_NAME-PACKAGE_VERSION.whl

Upload via the Cloudsmith CLI

For full details of how to install and setup the Cloudsmith CLI, see Command Line Interface.

The command to upload a Python package via the Cloudsmith CLI is:



cloudsmith push python org/repo boto3-1.4.4.py2.p3-none-any.whl

Upload via Cloudsmith Website

Please see Upload a Package for details of how to upload via the Website UI.

Download / Install a package


You have a choice of 2 methods to set up your Cloudsmith repository:

  • Python set up via command line
  • Python set up via Pip

Public Repositories

Set up via command line

You can install packages directly using the the --extra-index-url option when executing a pip

pip install PACKAGE_NAME==PACKAGE_VERSION --extra-index-url https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/

Set up via Pip

Similar to set up via command-line, pip needs to be passed the --extra-index-url configuration option. To do this add --extra-index-url to the top of your requirements.txt (or similar) file:

--extra-index-url https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/

Private Repositories


Private Cloudsmith repositories require authentication. You can choose between two types of authentication:

  • Entitlement Token Authentication
  • HTTP Basic Authentication.

The setup method will differ depending on what authentication type you choose to use.

Set up via command line

pip install PACKAGE_NAME==PACKAGE_VERSION --extra-index-url https://dl.cloudsmith.io/TOKEN/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/
pip install PACKAGE_NAME==PACKAGE_VERSION --extra-index-url https://USERNAME:[email protected]/basic/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/
pip install PACKAGE_NAME==PACKAGE_VERSION --extra-index-url https://USERNAME:[email protected]/basic/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/
pip install PACKAGE_NAME==PACKAGE_VERSION --extra-index-url https://token:[email protected]/basic/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/

Set up via Pip

Similar to set up via command-line, pip needs to be passed the --extra-index-url configuration option. To do this add --extra-index-url to the top of your requirements.txt (or similar) file:

--extra-index-url https://dl.cloudsmith.io/TOKEN/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/
--extra-index-url https://USERNAME:[email protected]/basic/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/
--extra-index-url https://USERNAME:[email protected]/basic/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/
--extra-index-url https://token:[email protected]/basic/OWNER/REPOSITORY/python/simple/


To search only your Cloudsmith repository for packages use the --index-url Pip configuration argument.

Using the --index-url configuration option will force pip to search only the Cloudsmith repository and will result in pip not being able to install public (PyPi) packages that your private package may depend on.

Private Repository Credential Security

As private repositories require authentication in order to access the repository content, when specifying a private repository in a requirements.txt file please bear in mind that the URL will contain the credentials (especially important if the requirements.txt file is shared.)

You could choose to encrypt your requirements.txt file via something like git-crypt (if you're using git or GitHub, for example).

Removing Setup

If you no longer want to install packages from the repository, remove the --extra-index-url line from your $HOME/.pip/pip.conf file.


Please see the Troubleshooting page for further help and information.

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