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This is a template to use for small to medium development projects.


You need a working python3 interpreter. That's it.

Getting Started

Simply copy the whole template directory and rename it. Then you can initialize the git repository for your project:

git init
git add .
git commit -m "Deploy standard project template"

Now, to isolate the project from the rest of your system, we create a python environment. That environment is local, do not add it to git.

python3 -m venv .env
.env/bin/pip install --editable .
.env/bin/pip install -r requirements-dev.txt

Whenever you want to work with your project, you must activate your environment first using this command:

. .env/bin/activate

This will change some variables in your shell so python uses the environment we just created.

Congratulations, you have a working Python project, run it by typing example!

Here is a brief description of how the template works:

  • docs: documentation sources for sphinx documentation. You will document your project here.
  • example: the main module of your project. All your code should be under this directory.
  • tests: put all your unit tests in this directory.
  • LICENSE: Your code's license.
  • This file! Once you have read all this, replace it with the README for your project. You can use Markdown in it.
  • requirements.txt: Makes pip install -r requirements.txt work.
  • requirements-dev.txt: Additional dependencies for project contributors. Development tools that are not needed for end users go here.
  • Allows you to package your project as a python standard package for deployment.
  • **tox.ini: ** configuration for tox, a tool that allows easyly running tests against multiple python versions.

Using your project

Let's run your project. From the project root, run the following commands:

$ . .env/bin/activate     # only necessary once per session
$ example

This should print out the classical Hello, World!.

Tests should also work:


And python linter to check for common mistakes in code style:

pylint example

Lastly, this will build the documentation into the html directory:

sphinx-build docs html

Customizing your project

To fully transform the template into your own project, follow those simple steps:

  • Rename directory example to your project name.
  • Rename to your program name, or delete it if your project is a library with no entry point.
  • Update It's not hard, just search for “example” in the file and put your own name and project name.
  • Same in docs/
  • Copy the license you choose into the LICENSE file, and make sure to follow the LICENSE's instructions (usually this means adding your name and the date).
  • Replace this file, with your own instructions for your project!

That's it! Don't forget to commit the changes using git.



This template project has a double licensing:

  • The template itself is licensed under the MIT License. Mostly, this means you must retain copyright information and license, but you are otherwise free to modify, copy, redistribute it or sell it. See the LICENSE file for details.
  • Once you have customized your project as described in this, you are free to use the resulting project in any way you want. Keeping copyright or mentionning the template's author is appreciated, but not required.
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