Friday, April 8, 2016

Externally hosting PyPi python packages to workaround PyPi size limit

PyPi has a limit on the size of the package they are willing to host. This doesn't seem to be documented anywhere, but I've seen people mention 60MB on forums. Our package contains a bunch of compressed binary data and weighs in at 130MB, so we needed to find another solution. The error you get from twine when uploading is this:
HTTPError: 413 Client Error: Request Entity Too Large for url:
But since hosting files on cloud services is now cheap and reliable we can work around the problem, as long as you're willing to have people use a custom pip command. If you point pip at a file with links using -f it will look through those links for a suitable install candidate. So if you create an index like this:
<html><head><title>Simple Index</title><meta name="api-version" value="2" /></head><body>
<a href='mypackage-3.1.0.tar.gz#md5=71525271a5fdbf0c72580ce56194d999'>mypackage-3.1.0</a><br/>
<a href='mypackage-3.1.2.tar.gz#md5=71525271a5fdbf0c72580ce56194daaa'>mypackage-3.1.2</a><br/>
And host it somewhere (like google cloud storage), along with the tarballs you get from running:
python sdist
Then your install command looks like this:
pip install --allow-external mypackage -f mypackage

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