Development tools

Here you’ll find description of the development tools we use.

Continuous integration

Mopidy uses the free service Travis CI for automatically running the test suite when code is pushed to GitHub. This works both for the main Mopidy repo, but also for any forks. This way, any contributions to Mopidy 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 Mopidy 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 flake8 to check for errors and possible improvements in our code. So, if you’re out of work, the code coverage and flake8 data at the CI server should give you a place to start.

Documentation writing

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

You can install them through Debian/Ubuntu package management:

sudo apt-get install python-sphinx python-pygraphviz graphviz

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/mopidy at GitHub.

Creating releases

  1. Update changelog and commit it.

  2. Bump the version number in mopidy/ Remember to update the test case in tests/

  3. Merge the release branch (develop in the example) into master:

    git checkout master
    git merge --no-ff -m "Release v0.16.0" develop
  4. Install/upgrade tools used for packaging:

    pip install -U twine wheel
  5. Build package and test it manually in a new virtualenv. The following assumes the use of virtualenvwrapper:

    python sdist bdist_wheel
    pip install path/to/dist/Mopidy-0.16.0.tar.gz
    # do manual test
    pip install path/to/dist/Mopidy-0.16.0-py27-none-any.whl
    # do manual test
  6. Tag the release:

    git tag -a -m "Release v0.16.0" v0.16.0
  7. Push to GitHub:

    git push
    git push --tags
  8. Upload the previously built and tested sdist and bdist_wheel packages to PyPI:

    twine upload dist/Mopidy-0.16.0*
  9. Merge master back into develop and push the branch to GitHub.

  10. Make sure the new tag is built by Read the Docs, and that the latest version shows the newly released version.

  11. Spread the word through the topic on #mopidy on IRC, @mopidy on Twitter, and on the mailing list.

  12. Update the Debian package.

Updating Debian packages

This howto is not intended to learn you all the details, just to give someone already familiar with Debian packaging an overview of how Mopidy’s Debian packages is maintained.

  1. Install the basic packaging tools:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential git-buildpackage
  2. Create a Wheezy pbuilder env if running on Ubuntu and this the first time. See #561 for details about why this is needed:

    DIST=wheezy sudo git-pbuilder update --mirror= --debootstrapopts --keyring=/usr/share/keyrings/debian-archive-keyring.gpg
  3. Check out the debian branch of the repo:

    git checkout -t origin/debian
    git pull
  4. Merge the latest release tag into the debian branch:

    git merge v0.16.0
  5. Update the debian/changelog with a “New upstream release” entry:

    dch -v 0.16.0-0mopidy1
    git add debian/changelog
    git commit -m "debian: New upstream release"
  6. Check if any dependencies in debian/control or similar needs updating.

  7. Install any Build-Deps listed in debian/control.

  8. Build the package and fix any issues repeatedly until the build succeeds and the Lintian check at the end of the build is satisfactory:

    git buildpackage -uc -us

    If you are using the pbuilder make sure this command is:

    sudo git buildpackage -uc -us --git-ignore-new --git-pbuilder --git-dist=wheezy --git-no-pbuilder-autoconf
  9. Install and test newly built package:

    sudo debi

    Again for pbuilder use:

    sudo debi --debs-dir /var/cache/pbuilder/result/
  10. If everything is OK, build the package a final time to tag the package version:

    git buildpackage -uc -us --git-tag


    sudo git buildpackage -uc -us --git-ignore-new --git-pbuilder --git-dist=wheezy --git-no-pbuilder-autoconf --git-tag
  11. Push the changes you’ve done to the debian branch and the new tag:

    git push
    git push --tags
  12. If you’re building for multiple architectures, checkout the debian branch on the other builders and run:

    git buildpackage -uc -us

    Modify as above to use the pbuilder as needed.

  13. Copy files to the APT server. Make sure to select the correct part of the repo, e.g. main, contrib, or non-free:

    scp ../mopidy*_0.16*
  14. Update the APT repo:

  15. Test installation from

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade