This is not a “my way or the highway” kind of advice. Just a bunch of good practices. A starting point if you are new to Python. You will likely inspect and adapt your own project structure over time.
Table of Contents
The bare minimum
This is a setup I recommend when just want to start with a small project and might not know by now which direction it will take:
my_project/ |-- my_project/ |-- __init__.py |-- my_project.py |-- tests/ |-- __init__.py |-- test_my_project.py |-- .gitignore |-- README.md |-- requirements.txt |-- requirements_to_freeze.txt
The my_project package
This useful to get the source code out of the root directory, to keep it away from all the helper files.
The tests package
It is important to put your tests into a tests package (not folder, hence the __init__.py) so that all imports from your main package can be resolved!
I recommend to use pytest. See also: pytest Tutorial
If you use git as your version control it is recommended that you exclude files via a .gitignore.
You should put all generated and IDE-related files into the gitignore e.g.
__pycache__/ /.idea /venv/ /.pytest_cache/ /build /dist
You can get a more extensive Python gitignore from
In requirements_to_freeze.txt you just put the top level dependencies, requirements.txt will contain all dependencies with exact versions. (Lock file)
You can use markdown (README.md) or re-structured text (README.rst).
Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages.
For starters I recommend markdown.
More documentation can be put into a separate docs folder
If you want to publish your code on github, add a file named LICENSE to the root folder and insert the licence text.
If you want to use travisCI you need a .travis.yml in your root directory.
Another way to add CI/CD is a Jenkinsfile
If you want to distribute your project as a Python packages on PyPI you can add a setup.py with the minimal content:
import setuptools setuptools.setup( name='example_pkg', version='0.0.1', packages=['example_pkg'], author='Joern Boegeholz', firstname.lastname@example.org', description='An example Package', )
You can read more about packaging: Distributing your own package on PyPi
When using pbr you need the additional files
in the root directory
Full blown structure
my_project/ |-- docs |-- my_project/ |-- __init__.py |-- my_project.py |-- tests/ |-- __init__.py |-- test_my_project.py |-- .gitignore |-- .travis.yml |-- LICENSE |-- pyproject.toml |-- README.md |-- requirements.txt |-- requirements_to_freeze.txt |-- setup.cfg |-- setup.py