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Some notes on PyMongo releases


We shoot for a release every few months - that will generally just increment the middle version number (e.g. 2.6.3 -> 2.7).

Minor releases are reserved for bug fixes (in general no new features or deprecations) - they only happen in cases where there is a critical bug in a recently released version, or when a release has no new features or API changes.

In between releases we add .devN to the version number to denote the version under development. So if we just released 3.0, then the current dev version would be 3.1.dev0. When we make the next release we replace all instances of 3.1.devN in the docs with the new version number.


Changes should be backwards compatible unless absolutely necessary. When making API changes the approach is generally to add a deprecation warning but keeping the existing API functional. Eventually (after at least ~4 releases) we can remove the old API.

Doing a Release

  1. Test release on Python 2.6-2.7 and 3.2-3.4 on Windows, Linux and OSX, with and without the C extension. Generally enough to just run the tests on 2.6, 2.7, 3.2 and the latest 3.x version with and without the extension on a single platform, and then just test any version on the other platforms as a sanity check. python test will build the extension and test. python tools/ will remove the extension, and then python --no_ext test will run the tests without it. Run the replica set and mongos high-availability tests with PYTHONPATH=. python test/high_availability/ Can also run the doctests: python doc -t. For building extensions on Windows check section below.
  2. Add release notes to doc/changelog.rst. Generally just summarize/clarify the git log, but might add some more long form notes for big changes.
  3. Search and replace the "devN" version number w/ the new version number (see note above).
  4. Make sure version number is updated in and pymongo/
  5. Commit with a BUMP version_number message.
  6. Tag w/ version_number
  7. Push commit / tag.
  8. Push source to PyPI: python sdist upload
  9. Push binaries to PyPI; for each version of python and platform do:python bdist_egg upload. Probably best to do python bdist_egg first, to make sure the egg builds properly. On Windows we also push a binary installer. The target for that is bdist_wininst.
  10. Make sure to push a build of the new docs (see the apidocs repo).
  11. Bump the version number to <next version>.dev0 in, commit, push.
  12. Announce!
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