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Get to know Hatch#

Our Python packaging tutorials use the tool Hatch. In this tutorial, you will install and get to know Hatch a bit more before starting to use it.

Install Hatch#

To begin, install Hatch from the command line using pipx

pipx install hatch


Hatch can also be installed directly using pip or conda, but we encourage you to use pipx. This is because pipx will ensure that your package is available across all of your Python environments on your computer rather than just in the environment that you install it into. If you install hatch this way you will have to take care that the environment it is installed into is activated for the command to work.

You can check that hatch is working properly by issuing a simple command to get the version

hatch --version
# Hatch, version 1.9.4

Note the version numbers will likely be different

Configure hatch#

Once you have installed Hatch, you will want to customize the configuration.

Hatch stores your configuration information in a config.toml file.

While you can update the config.toml file through the command line, it might be easier to look at it and update it in a text editor if you are using it for the first time.

Step 1: Open and edit your config.toml file#

To open the config file in your file browser, run the following command in your shell:

hatch config explore

This will open up a directory window that will allow you to double click on the file and open it in your favorite text editor.

Step 2 - update your email and name#

Once the file is open, update the [template] table of the config.toml file with your name and email. This information will be used in any pyproject.toml metadata files that you create using Hatch.

name = "firstName LastName"
email = "your-email@your-domain.org"

Step 3#

Next, set tests to false in the [template.plugins.default] table.

While tests are important, setting the tests configuration in Hatch to true will create a more complex pyproject.toml file. You won’t need to use this feature in this beginner friendly tutorial series but we will introduce it in later tutorials.

Your config.toml file should look something like the one below.

mode = "local"
project = ""
shell = ""

project = []
python = "isolated"
data = "/Users/your/path/Application Support/hatch"
cache = "/Users/your/path/Library/Caches/hatch"



repo = "main"

name = "Leah Wasser"
email = "leah@pyopensci.org"

headers = true
default = [

tests = false
ci = false
src-layout = true


Also notice that the default license option is MIT. While we will discuss license in more detail in a later lesson, the MIT license is the recommended permissive license from choosealicense.com and as such we will use it for this tutorial series.

You are of course welcome to select another license.

Step 4: Close the config file and run hatch config show#

Once you have completed the steps above run the following command in your shell.

hatch config show

hatch config show will print out the contents of your config.toml file in your shell. look at the values and ensure that your name, email is set. Also make sure that tests=false.

Hatch features#

Hatch offers a suite of features that will make creating, publishing and maintaining your Python package easier.

More on Hatch here

A few features that Hatch offers

  1. it will convert metadata stored in a setup.py or setup.cfg file to a pyproject.toml file for you (see Migrating setup.py to pyproject.toml using Hatch)

  2. It will help you by storing configuration information for publishing to PyPI after you’ve entered it once.

Use hatch -h to see all of the available commands.

What’s next#

In the next lesson you’ll learn how to package and make your code installable using Hatch.