Retrieving package version at runtime#

Using version_callback option#

In case of using version_callback option you can directly call this callback inside a module:

# content of my_module/

from my_module.version import get_version

__version__ = get_version()

Using importlib#

If you have opted not to hardcode the version number inside the package, you can retrieve it at runtime from PEP 0566 metadata using importlib.metadata from the standard library (added in Python 3.8) or the importlib_metadata backport:

from importlib.metadata import version, PackageNotFoundError

    __version__ = version("package-name")
except PackageNotFoundError:
    # package is not installed

Using pkg_resources#

In some cases importlib cannot properly detect package version, for example it was compiled into executable file, so it uses some custom import mechanism.

Instead, you can use pkg_resources which is included in setuptools (but has a significant runtime cost):

from pkg_resources import get_distribution, DistributionNotFound

    __version__ = get_distribution("package-name").version
except DistributionNotFound:
    # package is not installed

However, this does place a runtime dependency on setuptools, and can add up to a few 100ms overhead for the package import time.

Calling internals of setuptools_git_versioning module#


This way is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. Functions in the module are not a part of public API, and could be changed in the future without maintaining backward compatibility.


Use this ONLY in CI/CD tools.

NEVER use setuptools_git_versioning inside your package, because .git folder is not being included into it, and target OS can lack of git executable.

.git folder and git executable presence is crucial for setuptools-git-versioning to work properly.

from setuptools_git_versioning import get_version

# uses or pyproject.toml as config source
version = get_version()

from setuptools_git_versioning import get_tag, get_all_tags

# calls `git` executable to get latest tag merged into HEAD history tree
latest_tag = get_tag()

# calls `git` executable to get all the tags in the repo
all_tags = get_all_tags()