# Porting from Distutils#

Setuptools and the PyPA have a stated goal to make Setuptools the reference API for distutils.

Since the 60.0.0 release, Setuptools includes a local, vendored copy of distutils (from late copies of CPython) that is enabled by default. To disable the use of this copy of distutils when invoking setuptools, set the environment variable:

SETUPTOOLS_USE_DISTUTILS=stdlib

## Prefer Setuptools#

As Distutils is deprecated, any usage of functions or objects from distutils is similarly discouraged, and Setuptools aims to replace or deprecate all such uses. This section describes the recommended replacements.

distutils.core.setupsetuptools.setup

distutils.cmd.Commandsetuptools.Command

distutils.command.{build_clib,build_ext,build_py,sdist}setuptools.command.*

distutils.loglogging (standard library)

distutils.version.*packaging.version.*

distutils.errors.*setuptools.errors.* [1]

Migration advice is also provided by PEP 632.

If a project relies on uses of distutils that do not have a suitable replacement above, please search the Setuptools issue tracker and file a request, describing the use-case so that Setuptools’ maintainers can investigate. Please provide enough detail to help the maintainers understand how distutils is used, what value it provides, and why that behavior should be supported.