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Welcome to Buildbot!

The BuildBot is a system to automate the compile/test cycle required by most software projects to validate code changes. By automatically rebuilding and testing the tree each time something has changed, build problems are pinpointed quickly, before other developers are inconvenienced by the failure. The guilty developer can be identified and harassed without human intervention. By running the builds on a variety of platforms, developers who do not have the facilities to test their changes everywhere before checkin will at least know shortly afterwards whether they have broken the build or not. Warning counts, lint checks, image size, compile time, and other build parameters can be tracked over time, are more visible, and are therefore easier to improve.

The overall goal is to reduce tree breakage and provide a platform to run tests or code-quality checks that are too annoying or pedantic for any human to waste their time with. Developers get immediate (and potentially public) feedback about their changes, encouraging them to be more careful about testing before checkin.

You might like to look at some ScreenShots.


The current release is buildbot-0.7.5 .


  • The README file contains an overview.
  • The User's Manual contains complete documentation.
  • The API Reference may be useful when writing the configuration file: the various Steps and Schedulers are documented there.
  • Recent changes for each release are summarized in the NEWS file, while the complete details are in the ChangeLog.
  • The Buildbot was first announced at PyCon 2003, where I delivered a paper along with some slides.



Success Stories

Buildbots are installed in at least 100 sites all over the world. Users have submitted pointers to the SuccessStories page, so you can get a feel for how Buildbot is being used.

Install a buildbot today and add your name!


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