Development of pyspotify is coordinated through the IRC channel #mopidy at and through GitHub.

Code style

For C code, follow the style of the Python C API, as outlined in PEP 7.

For Python code, follow Mopidy’s style.

Commit guidelines

  • We follow the development process described at
  • Keep commits small and on topic.
  • If a commit looks too big you should be working in a feature branch not a single commit.
  • Merge feature branches with --no-ff to keep track of the merge.

Running tests

To run tests, you need to install the nose test runner. On Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install python-nose

Using Pip:

sudo pip install nose

Then you can build pyspotify and run nosetests:

rm -rf build/
python build --with-mock
PYTHONPATH=$(echo build/lib.linux-*/) nosetests

Continuous integration server

pyspotify uses the free service Travis CI for automatically running the test suite when code is pushed to GitHub. This works both for the main pyspotify repo, but also for any forks. This way, any contributions to pyspotify through GitHub will automatically be tested by Travis CI, and the build status will be visible in the GitHub pull request interface, making it easier to evaluate the quality of pull requests.

In addition, we run a Jenkins CI server at that runs all test on multiple platforms (Ubuntu, OS X, x86, arm) for every commit we push to the develop branch in the main pyspotify repo on GitHub. Thus, new code isn’t tested by Jenkins before it is merged into the develop branch, which is a bit late, but good enough to get broad testing before new code is released.

In addition to running tests, the Jenkins CI server also gathers coverage statistics and uses pylint to check for errors and possible improvements in our code. So, if you’re out of work, the code coverage and pylint data at the CI server should give you a place to start.

Writing documentation

To write documentation, we use Sphinx. See their site for lots of documentation on how to use Sphinx. To generate HTML or LaTeX from the documentation files, you need some additional dependencies.

You can install them through Debian/Ubuntu package management:

sudo apt-get install python-sphinx

Then, to generate docs:

cd docs/
make        # For help on available targets
make html   # To generate HTML docs

The documentation at is automatically updated when a documentation update is pushed to mopidy/pyspotify at GitHub.

Creating releases

  1. Update changelog and commit it.

  2. Merge the release branch (v1.x/develop in the example) into v1.x/master:

    git checkout v1.x/master
    git merge --no-ff -m "Release v1.12" v1.x/develop
  3. Tag the release:

    git tag -a -m "Release v1.12" v1.12
  4. Push to GitHub:

    git push
    git push --tags
  5. Build package and upload to PyPI:

    git clean -fdx
    python sdist upload
  6. Spread the word.