Quick and handy wheel package format for Python applications
Python packaging needs some help. A solution to at least some problems may be wheel - a new format for fast and efficient software installation and distribution. It's described in few PEPs and now it's starting to take shape. It was showcased recently on PyCon PL 2013.
There is nearly no wheels on pypi but we can use them locally to make local installations faster (handy for continuous integration systems and alike that build a project from scratch often).
You will need a recent version of pip and distribute (as described in the documentation). In old virtualenvs or systems execute:
Creating wheelsTo build wheels out of existing pypi packages you need to specify the packages and a local path for wheels:
As an extra you also get "wheel" command that can operate on wheel packages (see "wheel help").