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Project Overview

I maintain a bunch of Open Source projects. Most of them in Python. Most of them on GitHub.

I find it hard to keep track of when a project has accumulated enough important changes and it's time to make a release.

This is a script to help:

  • it runs every hour
  • pulls the latest changes for all the projects checked out in /srv/project-summary/
  • finds the latest tag in each Git repo and counts commit since them
  • collects some other data from the public GitHub API (such as the number of open issues) and other sources (such as Python version support classifiers in
  • generates an HTML page with all this information

You can see the result at


  • check out this repository somewhere (e.g. /opt/project-summary)

  • check out all your projects somewhere else (e.g. under /srv/project-summary/)

  • create a cron script to run:

    cd /opt/project-summary && make -s && bin/summary --pull --html -o index.html
  • create /var/www/

  • symlink /opt/project-summary/assets and index.html into /var/www/

  • set up Apache to serve /var/www/ at

Alternative setup (Jenkins)

  • set up a Jenkins job to build this hourly (make && bin/summary --html -o index.html)
  • create /var/www/
  • symlink /var/lib/jenkins/jobs/project-summary/assets and index.html into /var/www/
  • set up Apache to serve /var/www/ at

Can anyone else use this?

Probably! Don't hesitate to file bugs (or pull requests) asking for more configurability, or for a release to PyPI.

Check out project-summary.cfg for the current configuration options.

Note on HTTP request caching

HTTP requests are cached for 30 minutes by default, in an SQLite database called .httpcache.sqlite.

This is because I run the script rather often while I'm developing it, and without caching the script takes a long time to run. Also, I don't want to run into GitHub's public API rate limits (60 requests per hour).

You can change the cache duration by specifying, e.g. --cache-duration 5m (valid units are seconds, minutes and hours and can be abbreviated to sec/min/hour or s/m/h).


Script to generate a summary page for all my projects.






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