This is a detailed documentation for the update functionality of packit. The command creates a new pull request in Fedora using a selected or latest upstream release.


  • Upstream git repository on Github.
  • Upstream release (read, git tag) where version in spec file is equivalent to the name of the git tag.
  • Packit config file placed in the upstream repository.
  • Spec file present in the upstream repository and is correct in a given release.
  • Pagure API tokens for Fedora Dist-git.
  • Github API token.
  • Valid Fedora Kerberos ticket.


  1. Place a file called .packit.yaml or packit.yaml in the root of your upstream repository.

  2. Place a spec file into your upstream project (and make sure that specfile_path in the config has a correct value).

    • This spec file will be then used to perform the update in Fedora.
    • When you create a new upstream release, you should also update the spec file.
    • Once your upstream release is out (and the spec file is really up to date), you can use packit to release it into Fedora.
  3. Create a new upstream release. The spec file needs to be included in the ref for upstream release, because packit checks out the tag for the upstream release before copying files downstream.

  4. Pagure dist-git is configured in a way that it requires 2 API tokens in order to perform a pull request using the API (which packit is using). Please set these three environment variables using the appropriate tokens:

    1. export PAGURE_USER_TOKEN=<token> — this token is needed to access data in pagure. This is meant to be an API token of your user:
    2. export PAGURE_FORK_TOKEN=<token> — packit needs this token to create a pull request: If the fork does not exist, you have to create it in Pagure’s web interface. We are working with Fedora team to relax this requirement.
    3. export GITHUB_TOKEN=<token> — you can obtain the token over here:
  5. Once you have performed the upstream release (and the new archive is up), run packit propose-update in a working directory of your upstream repository:

    $ git clone
    $ cd colin
    $ packit propose-update
    using "master" dist-git branch
    syncing ./colin.spec
    INFO: Downloading file from URL
    100%[=============================>]     3.18M  eta 00:00:00
    downloaded archive: /tmp/tmpaanrpgjz/colin-0.3.0.tar.gz
    uploading to the lookaside cache
    PR created:


Usage: packit propose-update [OPTIONS] [PATH_OR_URL] [VERSION]

  Release current upstream release into Fedora

  PATH_OR_URL argument is a local path or a URL to the upstream git
  repository, it defaults to the current working directory

  VERSION argument is optional, the latest upstream version will be used by

  --dist-git-branch TEXT  Target branch in dist-git to release into.
  --dist-git-path TEXT    Path to dist-git repo to work in. Otherwise clone
                          the repo in a temporary directory.
  --local-content         Do not checkout release tag. Use the current state
                          of the repo.
  --force-new-sources     Upload the new sources also when the archive is
                          already in the lookaside cache.
  -h, --help              Show this message and exit.