Building and Distributing Packages with Setuptools#

Setuptools is a collection of enhancements to the Python distutils that allow developers to more easily build and distribute Python packages, especially ones that have dependencies on other packages.

Packages built and distributed using setuptools look to the user like ordinary Python packages based on the distutils.

Transition to PEP517#

Since setuptools no longer serves as the default build tool, one must explicitly opt in (by providing a pyproject.toml file) to use this library. The user facing part is provided by tools such as pip and backend interface is described in this document. The quickstart provides an overview of the new workflow.