Strazar (from Bulgarian for sentinel) helps you monitor upstream sources and once a new package version is found your .travis.yml environment is updated and the changes committed to GitHub which automatically triggers a new build! This approach relies on having a good test suite, but you already have that covered, right ?

Strazar was inspired by Forbes Lindesay's GitHub Automation talk at DEVit Conf 2015 and we're very excited to announce this release days before this year's DEVit Conf!

What is currently supported

In its initial release Strazar only supports PyPI, Travis-CI and GitHub. We already have written the code to detect new RubyGems and NPM packages and that will land in the next versions. However we also found the wonderful service which is already aware of many more package repositories so we'll try to integrate Strazar with it in the future.

We've started with Travis-CI because this is what we use but support for other CI environments is very easy to add. Strazar calculates all possible combinations between package names and their versions and writes them to a text file. To add another CI environment we only need to parse and write the file in the correct format.

Installation and configuration

To install Strazar execute

pip install strazar

Then configure the GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable. This token needs the public_repo or repo permission in order to push commits to your repositories.

Prepare .travis.yml

Strazar uses the variable format _PACKAGE_NAME where the variable name starts with an under-score followed by the capitalized package name. All hyphens are converted to under-scores as well. We advise that your .travis.yml files follow the same convention. This is how Strazar's own .travis.yml looks like

language: python
  - 2.7
  - 3.5
  - pip install coverage flake8 mock PyYAML==$_PYYAML PyGithub==$_PYGITHUB
  - ./
  - _PYGITHUB=1.26.0 _PYYAML=3.11

How to monitor PyPI

PyPI doesn't provide web-hooks so we examine the RSS feed for packages of interest based on configuration settings. To start monitoring PyPI execute the following code from a cron job (here at Mr. Senko we do it every hour)

import os
import strazar

os.environ['GITHUB_TOKEN'] = 'xxxxxxxxx'
config = {
    "PyYAML" : [
            'cb' : strazar.update_github,
            'args': {
                'GITHUB_REPO' : 'MrSenko/strazar',
                'GITHUB_BRANCH' : 'master',
                'GITHUB_FILE' : '.travis.yml'


The config dict uses package names as 1st level keys. If you are interested in a particular package add it here. All other packages detected from the RSS feed will be ignored. If your project depends on multiple packages you have to list all of them as 1st level keys in config and duplicate the key values.

The key value is a list of call-back methods and arguments to execute once a new package has been published online. If two or more repositories depend on the same package then add them as values to this list.

The strazar.update_github call-back knows how to commit to your source repo which will automatically trigger a new CI build.


Strazar is provided as open source for everyone to use. At Mr. Senko we will do our best to accommodate every need and merge patches and feature requests as they come in. Should you need commercial support for this or other open source libraries please subscribe to Mr. Senko's support service!

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