by computationaltextiles


Heroku Buildpack: Python

This is a fork of the official Heroku buildpack for Python apps, powered by pip and other excellent software.

This buildpack differs from the standard Heroku buildpack in that it supports deploying the latest version of Python built with shared libraries; this is required to build OpenCV on top of it to support our OpenCV buildpack, which installs the OpenCV Python package.

See it in Action

Deploying a Python application couldn't be easier:

$ ls
Procfile  requirements.txt  runtime.txt

$ heroku create --buildpack git://

$ git push heroku master
-----> Python app detected
-----> Installing python-2.7.11
     $ pip install -r requirements.txt
       Collecting requests (from -r requirements.txt (line 1))
         Downloading requests-2.9.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl (501kB)
       Installing collected packages: requests
       Successfully installed requests-2.9.1

-----> Discovering process types
       Procfile declares types -> (none)

A requirements.txt file must be present at the root of your application's repository.

A runtime.txt file is required to select the appropriate runtime (see below); the default is not available in this fork.

You can also specify the latest production relase of this buildpack for upcoming builds of an existing application:

$ heroku buildpacks:set heroku/python

Specify a Python Runtime

Specific versions of the Python runtime can be specified with a runtime.txt file:

$ cat runtime.txt

Runtime options include:

  • python-2.7.11
  • python-2.7.11-shared (same, but built as a shared library)

Other unsupported runtimes are available as well. Use at your own risk.