Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Creating a new Launchpad Project (redux)

A while back I posted about how to set up a new launchpad project. At the time it took quite a few steps to set everything up that you wanted. I'm happy to report that a lot of those steps have been streamlined, so I posting a new step-by-step instruction for setting up your project in Launchpad.

  1. Make sure the project isn't already registered. A lot of upstream projects have already been registered in Launchpad, as it is used to track issues in Ubuntu. So it is always good to start on the main page and use the search box "Is your project registered yet?".
  2. If you don't find your project, there will be a link to Register a new project
  3. The form for filling out your project details has been updated a bit, but you should know the answers. (I still use 'bazaar' as the "part of" super-project, and bzr-plugin-name for my plugins)
  4. This is where things start to get easier. After you have registered the project you can follow the Change Details link. This is generally It was the same before, but now more information is on a single page, so you can set up more at once. Here I always set the bug tracker to be Launchpad, I click the boxes to opt-in for extra launchpad features.
  5. Optionally you can assign the project to a shared group. Follow the "Change Maintainer" link ( I generally assign them to the bzr group, because I don't want to be the only one who can update information.
  6. At this point you should be able to push up a branch to be used as the mainline using:
    bzr push lp:///~GROUP/PROJECT/BRANCH
    in my example, this is lp:///~bzr/PROJECT/trunk. (You may need to run 'bzr launchpad-login' so that bzr knows who to connect as, rather than using anonymous http:// urls)
  7. You now want to associate your mainline branch with the project, so that people can use the nice lp:///PROJECT urls. You can follow the link on your project page for the "trunk" release series (usually this is On that page is a "Edit Source" link, or
    Set the official release series branch to your new ~GROUP/PROJECT/BRANCH.
See, now it is only 7 steps instead of 11. (Though only really one or two steps has actually changed.)

1 comment:

Walther said...

Thanks for this post. I just registered my first launchpad project ( and this made it a lot easier.