This package is developed using continuous integration which can be found here:

If you wish to contribute to this project, then you should fork the repository found here:

Development of this package also requires local clones of both xlrd and xlwt. The following example will set up local clones as required, but you should use your own forks so that you may push back to them:

git clone git://
git clone git://
git clone git://
cd xlutils

Once you have an appropriate set of local repositories, you can follow these instructions to perform various development tasks:

Setting up a virtualenv

The recommended way to set up a development environment is to turn your checkout into a virtualenv and then install the package in editable form as follows:

$ virtualenv .
$ bin/pip install -U -e .[test,build]

You will now also need to install xlrd and xlwt into the virtualenv:

$ source bin/activate
$ cd ../xlrd
$ pip install -e .
$ cd ../xlwt
$ pip install -e .

Running the tests

Once you’ve set up a virtualenv, the tests can be run as follows:

$ bin/nosetests

Building the documentation

The Sphinx documentation is built by doing the following from the directory containg

cd docs
make html

Making a release

To make a release, just update versions.txt, update the change log, tag it and push to and Travis CI should take care of the rest.

Once the above is done, make sure to go to and make sure the new release is marked as an Active Version.