AppVeyor is a continuous integration platform similar to travis-ci.org but for the Windows platform. AppVeyor is free for Open Source projects and runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure.
This sample Python project has a simple C compiled extension (statically
generated from a Cython source file in this case). The build itself is
configured by in the
This project is meant to document a minimalistic yet working example to help other Python project maintainers.
Continuous integration setup with AppVeyor
appveyor.yml file in this repo configures a Windows build environment for
both for 32 bit and 64 bit Python compiled extensions. This demo project is
configured to trigger build jobs at:
appveyor/install.ps1powershell script downloads and installs Python and and pip to grab all the development dependencies of the project as registered in the
appveyor/run_in_env.cmdbatch script configures environment variables to activate the MSVC++ compiler from the Windows SDK matching the Python version and architecture.
The content of the
dist/ folder (typically hosting the generated
packages) is archived in the build report (see previous link).
Note: it is possible to activate the "Rolling builds" option to
automatically cancel build on intermediate push events to avoid clogging
the build queue with useless jobs. However it can be problematic as it can
cancel builds triggered by direct push to master outside of any PR. Instead
appveyor.yml file of this repo uses a specific powershell snippet
to quickly fail if a newer build is queued for the same PR.
Building and testing locally from source
Here are the instructions to replicate the build steps manually.
Install developer dependencies (only nose and wheel at this time):
pip install -r dev-requirements.txt
You can then build with:
python setup.py sdist bdist_wheel
The generated source tarball and platform specific
.whl package can be found
.whl package with with:
pip install dist/python_appveyor_demo-1.0-*.whl
Finally run the tests (from any folder by the source tree):
nosetests -v pyappveyordemo
Under Windows will need a Windows SDK to build the compiled extension with the MSVC++ compilers. See the following for details:
Thanks to Feodor Fitsner (@FeodorFitsner) from AppVeyor for the fast support and for installing the old versions of the Windows SDK required to build Python projects.
Thanks to Thomas Conté (@tomconte) from Microsoft for your help in scripting Windows SDKs and MSVC build environments usage.