Building and Distributing Packages with Setuptools#

The first step towards sharing a Python library or program is to build a distribution package [1]. This includes adding a set of additional files containing metadata and configuration to not only instruct setuptools on how the distribution should be built but also to help installer (such as pip) during the installation process.

This document contains information to help Python developers through this process. Please check the Quickstart for an overview of the workflow.

Also note that setuptools is what is known in the community as build backend, user facing interfaces are provided by tools such as pip and build. To use setuptools, one must explicitly create a pyproject.toml file as described Build System Support.