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Build and publish

Currently, we build NEST Desktop for multiple targets and publish them on various platforms. Some are discussed below.


Please be aware that a lot of steps are already covered by our GitLab CI process. Therefore, we recommend to inspect the .yml files together with this chapter. It might also be helpful to have a look at the commands defined in project.json.

Python Package Index (PyPI)


Building and pushing NEST Desktop on PyPI is a required step for the production. After that, Docker Hub can upgrade NEST Desktop in the provided Docker image.

  • setuptools, wheel, twine

The Python Package Index nest-desktop includes an executive command nest-desktop and a Python library nest_desktop.


The current working directory is nest-desktop.

The building phase contains two steps: First, build a package of NEST Desktop using vue-cli-service.

Initially, you have to upgrade the version of nest-desktop in:

  • packages.json

  • nest_desktop/__init__.py

Then generate the app package using yarn. It builds the folder nest_desktop/app:

yarn build

The second step is to build a pip package for PyPI:

rm -rf build/ dist/ nest_desktop.egg-info/

Then generate the distribution packages of nest-desktop for PyPI:

python3 setup.py sdist bdist_wheel


Finally, the package is ready for the the publication. You can upload the pip-package of nest-desktop to PyPI:

python3 -m twine upload dist/*

Do not forget to commit the changes you made and set a new version tag in git.

git tag -a v3.0 -m 'v3.0.0'
git push --tags

Electron and Snap

In package.json, there are also yarn commands configured to build an Electron app. If you want to build a Snap package, please have a look into .gitlab-ci.yml.