Purpose & Common Goals

The purpose of this working group is to support the larger efforts of improving and maintaining the packaging ecosystem in Python through fundraising and disbursement of raised funds. It will largely focus on efforts such as PyPI, pip, packaging.python.org, setuptools, and cross project efforts.

Active Time

This workgroup will be active indefinitely at the pleasure of the PSF board.

Core Values & Internal Government

The core values for this group are:

The workgroup adopts the PSF Code of Conduct (https://www.python.org/psf/codeofconduct/). Any actions (found by a majority) made against the principles in the Code of Conduct will result in the acting person being removed from the workgroup.

Rules & Guidelines

Decision Making Procedures

Decisions on what fundraising and projects/efforts to support will be done using the voting procedures outlined below. Anyone may propose or request funding for a specific project/effort to be considered by the WG by emailing their proposal to packaging-wg@python.org. It is recommended, but not required, for anyone with a proposal to find a champion among the voting members prior to submitting their proposal.

In general, projects/efforts funded should follow these guidelines:

When adding new members to the working group, prospective members must send an email to packaging-wg@python.org introducing themselves along with a description of why they want to be a member and what they bring to the process. Approval of new members will be decided using the voting procedures detailed below.


A vote for any proposal will last for 5 days, or when all voting members have voted, whichever comes first. For a proposal to be successful it must have at least two +1's, more +1's than -0's, and no -1. Voting should generally be done using the mailing list, but may be done in any venue given agreement of all voting members.

Communication Plan

The working group will communicate via mailing list (packaging-wg@python.org) and via Slack (the-psf.slack.com#packaging-wg). If needed, conference calls or additional communication channels can be set up.


The working group budget will be whatever funds that the working group has raised for itself. If needed, the working group may ask the board of directors for additional funding. The working group will display the funds gathered on our main wiki page: https://wiki.python.org/psf/PackagingWG. We will also list the funds that are spent. Details of contracts (when applicable) will be shared with the board.

Current Packaging WG Budget


The PSF Director of Operations and the PSF IT Manager are permanent members of this working group.

PackagingWG/Charter (last edited 2021-12-09 18:03:56 by di)

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