An interactive pip requirements upgrader. It also updates the version in your requirements.txt file.
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An interactive pip requirements upgrader. Because upgrading requirements, package by package, is a pain in the ass. It also updates the version in your requirements.txt file.


This cli tools helps you interactively(or not) upgrade packages from requirements file, and also update the pinned version from requirements file(s).

If no requirements are given, the command attempts to detect the requirements file(s) in the current directory.

Quick preview:


pip install pip-upgrader

Note: this packages installs the following requirements: 'docopt', 'packaging', 'requests', 'terminaltables', 'colorclass'

To avoid installing all these dependencies in your project, you can install pip-upgrader in your system, rather than your virtualenv. If you install it in your system, and need to upgrade it, run pip install -U pip-upgrader


Activate your virtualenv (important, because it will also install the new versions of upgraded packages in current virtualenv)

CD into your project. Then:

$ pip-upgrade


requirements_file(s)          The requirement FILE, or WILDCARD PATH to multiple files. (positional arguments)
--prerelease                  Include prerelease versions for upgrade, when querying pypi repositories.
-p <package>                  Pre-choose which packages tp upgrade. Skips any prompt.
--dry-run                     Simulates the upgrade, but does not execute the actual upgrade.
--skip-package-installation   Only upgrade the version in requirements files, don't install the new package.
--skip-virtualenv-check       Disable virtualenv check. Allows installing the new packages outside the virtualenv.
--use-default-index           Skip searching for custom index-url in pip configuration file(s).


pip-upgrade             # auto discovers requirements file. Prompts for selecting upgrades
pip-upgrade requirements.txt
pip-upgrade requirements/dev.txt requirements/production.txt

# skip prompt and manually choose some/all packages for upgrade
pip-upgrade requirements.txt -p django -p celery
pip-upgrade requirements.txt -p all

# include pre-release versions
pip-upgrade --prerelease

To use pip-upgrader on install requirements located in a file, try this:

./ egg_info
pip-upgrade $(./ --name | tr -- - _)*.egg-info/requires.txt

This will display any versions that can be upgraded, and helps you to manually maintain the install_requires in


to be completed

Final notes

If you encounter any bugs, please open an issue and it will be magically resolved :)


  • implement some sort of dependency detection, and nested display. Useful for requirements generated with pip freeze.
  • support for package>=0.1.0 (only works for package==0.1.0)

Have fun! :)


Clone the repository, create a virtualenv, then run:

pip install -e .[test]

This command will :

  • run tests
  • print coverage report
  • print pep8 errors

For detailed coverage report, after py.test run

coverage html && open htmlcov/index.html

Testing against all python version Make sure you have python 2.7, 3.5, 3.6 installed (maybe use pyenv). Then:

pip install tox