Automate PYPI upload with GitHub workflow/Action

Github workflow can be used for building and Testing and Uploading Packages to Python Package Index.

PYPI better known for the use of pip command in Python environment, is a repository of popular opensource projects. You can too contribute your packages to the community. All you need is an account with few setup tools.

Prepare You Python Package

First up all you have to prepare your Python package . Make sure package consist of

  • file

Here is a sample code of

import os

with open("", "r") as fh:
    long_description =

    name="PACAKGE-NAME-USERNAME",  # Replace with your own username
    author="author name",
    description="short description",
        "Programming Language :: Python :: 3",
        "License :: OSI Approved :: MIT License",
        "Operating System :: OS Independent",

Read me file consist of

  • Repository/package details
  • Requirements
  • How to use the repo etc

Use a markdown page for serving the readme file

Github Repository and Action

Now it is time for setup workflow for the python repository you have uploaded to the

Get PYPI account

As prerequisite for this tutorial you need to register an account in

Repository secret

Go to you repository settings-Secrets and add the following secrets



GitHub Secret

Add a workflow for upload a Python Package

Add a action , use manual method and copy following Upload PYPI workflow file also name file as UploadPYPI.yml

# This workflows will upload a Python Package using Twine when a release is created
# For more information see:

name: Upload PYPI

    types: [created]


    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

    - uses: actions/checkout@v2
    - name: Set up Python
      uses: actions/setup-python@v2
        python-version: '3.x'
    - name: Install dependencies
      run: |
        python -m pip install --upgrade pip
        pip install setuptools wheel twine
    - name: Build and publish
        TWINE_USERNAME: ${{ secrets.PYPI_USERNAME }}
        TWINE_PASSWORD: ${{ secrets.PYPI_PASSWORD }}
      run: |
        python sdist bdist_wheel
        twine upload  dist/*

The above workflow will install dependencies on a Ubuntu cloud machine, then build the package, then upload the package to testpypi repository using twine and secret you have added to your repository, namely PYPI_USERNAME and PYPI_PASSWORD.

As we specified on the on section of the workflow, will execute the action whenever you create a new release.

To test the workflow create a release with a tag starting with v*, eg:- v1,v1.2.1 etc and the workflow will fire the actions.

You can check for result of the workflow at the actions link of your repository, also on the top of repo a notification will shown if the workflow is executed.

Tetsing The installed repo

Now check your Pypi account, under the account you can see, the uploaded projects. If the project was found on the list, can install them with pip

pip install <YOUR-PACKAGENAME>


You may have caught some error while retrying publishing packages. One of them was name can’t be reused.

Pypi/TestPYPI not allowing you to reuse the package name, even if you have deleted your package from the Project list.

So Name your package with care. To change the package Name use the

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