Making a PyPy Release


As a meta rule setting up issues in the tracker for items here may help not forgetting things. A set of todo files may also work.

Check and prioritize all issues for the release, postpone some if necessary, create new issues also as necessary. An important thing is to get the documentation into an up-to-date state!

Release Steps

  • If needed, make a release branch

  • Bump the pypy version number in module/sys/ and in module/cpyext/include/patchlevel.h and . The branch will capture the revision number of this change for the release.

    Some of the next updates may be done before or after branching; make sure things are ported back to the trunk and to the branch as necessary.

  • update pypy/doc/contributor.rst (and possibly LICENSE) pypy/doc/tool/ generates the list of contributors

  • rename pypy/doc/whatsnew_head.rst to whatsnew_VERSION.rst create a fresh whatsnew_head.rst after the release and add the new file to pypy/doc/index-of-whatsnew.rst

  • go to pypy/tool/release and run <release branch> The following JIT binaries should be built, however, we need more buildbots windows, linux-32, linux-64, osx64, armhf-raring, armhf-raspberrian, armel, freebsd64

  • wait for builds to complete, make sure there are no failures

  • download the builds, repackage binaries. Tag the release version and download and repackage source from bitbucket. You may find it convenient to use the script in pypy/tool/release to do this.

    Otherwise repackage and upload source “-src.tar.bz2” to bitbucket and to cobra, as some packagers prefer a clearly labeled source package ( download e.g., unpack, rename the top-level directory to “pypy-2.5.0-src”, repack, and upload)

  • Upload binaries to

  • write release announcement pypy/doc/release-x.y(.z).txt

    The release announcement should contain a direct link to the download page

  • Add the new files to pypy/doc/index-of-{whatsnew,release-notes}.rst

  • update (under extradoc/, rebuild and commit

  • post announcement on

  • send announcements to, pypy-dev, python-list, python-announce, python-dev ...

  • add a tag on the pypy/jitviewer repo that corresponds to pypy release

  • add a tag on the codespeed web site that corresponds to pypy release

  • update the version number in {rpython,pypy}/doc/

  • revise versioning at