Configuration #

Packit uses a configuration file in the upstream repository. The config file is written in YAML language.

You should place the file in the root of your upstream repo. Packit accepts these names:

  • .packit.yaml
  • .packit.yml
  • packit.yaml
  • packit.yml

Both Packit Service and packit tool use this configuration file.

Top level keys #

specfile_path #

(string) Relative path to a spec file within the upstream repository. If not specified, defaults to:

  1. downstream_package_name.spec if downstream_package_name is set.
  2. (deprecated) Else recursively search the tree and use the first spec file found.

If there are only test jobs with skip_build option defined (more about it here), spec file doesn’t need to be present and its path doesn’t need to be defined in the config.

The functionality to recursively search for a specfile is deprecated and it’s going to be removed in a future version (>0.64.0) of Packit. We recommend projects to explicitly set specfile_path or rely on the <downstream_package_name>.spec default, by setting downstream_package_name.

upstream_project_name (deprecated) #

(string) Deprecated since packit-0.7.0, use upstream_package_name instead.

upstream_package_name #

(string) Name of the upstream repository (e.g. in PyPI), defaults to the name of the GitHub repository; it’s used when working with the upstream project, as a release archive name and as a directory name in that archive.

upstream_project_url #

(string) URL of the upstream project (e.g.

create_pr (only in CLI) #

(bool) When doing a new update in Fedora dist-git, should packit create a new pull request (defaults to true) or push directly to dist-git (if set to false). This option can be used only locally in the CLI, but can be overriden via --pr/--no-pr option. Deployed Packit (on GitHub or GitLab) ignores this setting, because Packit Team does not endorse automated release from created release to the Bodhi update without any quality assurance.

merge_pr_in_ci #

(bool) When Packit clones your repository while creating RPMs from your pull requests, it by default merges the pull request checkout into the main repository branch to be sure the changes are up to date. You can disable this behaviour by setting this field to false which will make Packit to work with your pull request git ref as it is.

sync_changelog #

(bool) When doing a new update in Fedora dist-git, the specfile changelog is synchronized when set to true. By default (false), everything but the changelog part is synchronized. Use this only when your changelogs are in sync since this overwrites the changelog in the downstream.

synced_files (deprecated) #

(list of strings or dicts) A list of relative paths to files in the upstream repo which are meant to be copied to dist-git during an update (spec file path and config file path are set every time by default).

It is now deprecated in favor of files_to_sync.

release_suffix #

(templated string) String that can be used to override the default release suffix generated by Packit. The suffix will be expanded, and you can use following variables:

  • PACKIT_PROJECT_VERSION - version from git describe
  • PACKIT_RPMSPEC_RELEASE - release from specfile
  • PACKIT_PROJECT_COMMIT - commit SHA from which the SRPM is built
  • PACKIT_PROJECT_BRANCH - branch from which the SRPM is built

Example usage:

release_suffix: "dev.{PACKIT_PROJECT_BRANCH}"

When unset, default release suffix that is generated by Packit is following:


There is also one special setting, if you set release_suffix to empty string (release_suffix: ""), it will act as a --no-bump (that you can use via CLI).

It is also possible to define release_suffix at the top-level of your packit config. In that situation all jobs and SRPM, Copr, Koji and RPM build from CLI will inherit the release_suffix that you have set. We advise caution when doing such thing, because inheriting the release suffix value by Copr or Koji build may easily cause confusion, break the ordering of the NVRs of the RPMs and also may cause usage of RPMs that are not meant for production use. In such scenarios, please try to make sure RPMs built by Packit are easily distinguishable from the RPMs meant for production use. To prevent the inheritance, you can define:

release_suffix: null

files_to_sync #

(list of strings or dicts) A list of relative paths to files in the upstream repo which are meant to be copied to dist-git during an update.

Spec file path and config file path are always included by packit init but can be manually removed from the list.

Under the hood this will use rsync --archive to synchronise the paths between the upstream and the dist-git repo.

The fields for a dictionary item in the list are the following:

  • src: A single path or a list of paths in the upstream repo that should be synced to dist-git.
  • dest: Path in the dist-git repo, where paths in src should be synced to.
  • mkpath: Flag to indicate if missing path components in dest should be created or not (default: false).
  • delete: Flag to indicate if extra content from dest should be deleted (default: false).
  • filters: List of rsync filter rules to be used during syncing.
Examples: #

Copy a file from root of the upstream repo to dist-git:

  - packit.spec

If you copy packit.yaml downstream, you can then take advantage of sync-from-downstream command:

  - .packit.yaml

Rename or change the path of the synced file in dist-git:

  - src: packit.spec
    dest: redhat/packit.spec

Paths also support globs. Copy everything from fedora-packaging folder and put it to the root of the dist-git repo:

  - src: fedora-packaging/*
    dest: .

Sync the entire content of the fedora-packaging directory, and delete extra content found in the root of the dist-git repo; protect .git* files and the sources file from deletion:

  - src: fedora-packaging/
    dest: .
    delete: true
    - "protect .git*"
    - "protect sources"

Specify multiple source files to copy:

  - src:
    - package.spec
    - some-file
    dest: .

Set mkpath to true to create missing path components in dist-git. In the example below, subdir is created if missing.

  - src: some.file
    dest: subdir/some.file
    mkpath: true

create_sync_note #

(bool) Create or update a README.packit file in dist-git when doing a new update, telling that the repository is maintained by Packit and marking the version of packit creating the update. By default, this option is set to true. When set to false, README.packit is not created or updated. (A previously created README.packit needs to be removed manually).

upstream_ref #

(string) Git reference to last upstream git commit (for source-git repos). Can be set to commit hash, tag or a branch name. You can also use globbing pattern to find a tag. In case you want to use globbing pattern for a branch, prefix the pattern with branches/, e.g. for a branch matching *-release set to branches/*-release.

downstream_package_name #

(string) Name of the RPM package in Fedora, defaults to the name of the GitHub repository.

dist_git_namespace #

(string) Namespace in dist-git URL (defaults to rpms).

dist_git_base_url #

(string) URL of dist-git server, defaults to (has to end with a slash).

create_tarball_command (deprecated) #

Please use create-archive action

current_version_command (deprecated) #

Please use get-current-version action

actions #

(string) Custom actions/hooks overwriting the default behavior of packit (more in Actions).

jobs #

(list of dicts) A list of job definitions for packit service: see below for details.

allowed_gpg_keys #

(list of string) A list of gpg-key fingerprints; if specified, one of the configured keys have to sign the last commit when updating in downstream; add GitHub key (5DE3E0509C47EA3CF04A42D34AEE18F83AFDEB23) if you want to use this on code merged via GitHub web interface.

spec_source_id #

(int or string) Numeric ID of Source inside spec file which packit should change when setting path to the newly generated tarball, can be also full name of the macro. Defaults to Source0 or Source, whichever is found first in the spec file.

upstream_tag_template #

(string) Packit by default expects git tags to match versions (e.g. when doing the propose-downstream command) - if you are using a different tagging scheme, let’s say v1.2.3 you can then set this parameter to v{version} and packit will fill in the version argument.

archive_root_dir_template #

(string) In the fix-spec-file action Packit changes first %setup (or %autosetup) macro in %prep and adds -n so the generated tarball can be unpacked. For this purpose, it requires the name of the directory in the source archive. For tar archives with one directory, Packit gets it automatically. If Packit is not able to extract it from the archive with the tar python module, it is possible to specify it explicitly with this option.

Default value is {upstream_pkg_name}-{version}.

You can use following tags in string:

  • {upstream_pkg_name} - name of the upstream package
  • {version} - package version

patch_generation_ignore_paths #

(list of strings) In a source-git repo, when packit is generating patches, it excludes changes to the spec file and packit.yaml by default: with this option you can precisely specify paths to exclude.

patch_generation_patch_id_digits #

(integer) The number of digits (minimum width) used for patch IDs when adding PatchN tags to a spec-file while updating dist-git from a source-git repository. Defaults to 4, that is, patches will look like PatchNNNN: <patch_name>, and leading zeros are added, if needed. A value of 0 means “no minimum width”.

notifications #

There is only one notification configuration you can set up right now: enable the “Congratulations!” comment which will packit send after a successful build of a pull request is done.

The default behaviour is not to send the comment with instructions how to install a package with the change implemented in the pull request:

    successful_build: false

You can enable the commenting by setting successful_build to true.

issue_repository #

Use this key to be notified about errors of the downstream jobs (Koji build and Bodhi update). The value can be a URL of any GitHub/GitLab/Pagure project including dist-git where issues are enabled and Packit has an identity on that git forger instance. Alternatively, you can set up a dedicated project for receiving such notifications. (Let us know if you need another instance to be supported.) It does not need to be an upstream repository, you can also enable an issue tracker for the dist-git repository and use this as a place for those notifications. Or, you can set up a dedicated project for receiving such notifications.

By default, no issue will be created so Packit doesn’t unintentionally spam any repository. (E.g. Since those jobs are defined in downstream, upstream project does not need to be aware of Packit.)

By enabling this setting, Packit will either create a new issue or add a comment to an already existing issue. In that case, the issue will be reused and a new comment will be added.

copy_upstream_release_description #

(bool) When doing a new update in Fedora dist-git, the GitHub upstream release description is copied to the specfile changelog when set to true. By default (false), commit message titles (first line of a commit message) are copied. But be aware that the release description is copied as is, without any processing and the result needs to fulfill the spec-file syntax. Be specially careful when using characters like % that can be interpreted as macros. Also, use - for bullet points instead of * so the line is not interpreted as a new changelog entry.


  • copy_upstream_release_description = True:
* Thu Oct 15 2020 Packit Service <> - 0.18.0-1
Packit got new archive_root_dir_template config option to get custom archive root dir.
You can find more info in the documentation.
  • copy_upstream_release_description = False (default):
* Thu Oct 15 2020 Packit Service <> - 0.18.0-1
- Use inner archive directory in %setup macro
- Use archive_root_dir_template

sources #

(list of dicts) A list of sources to override the URLs of SourceX entries in the spec-file.

  - path: rsync-3.1.3.tar.gz

path is the path relative to the directory with sources where the source will be placed. If a SourceX entry with corresponding basename exists in the spec-file, the source will be downloaded from the url found in the configuration instead of the location defined in the spec-file.

srpm_build_deps #

(list of strings) A list of RPM dependencies that are needed for your actions to be run when building SRPM. For now, this key is used in Packit Service as an indicator to build your SRPMs in Copr and the dependencies are then installed into the Copr build environment each time the build is triggered. Be aware that this is a preparation phase, and we want to build all the packages in Copr by default. As a next step, we use Copr build environment also for Packit GitHub app installations since September 6, 2022.

packit_instances #

(list of strings) If you want to help us with catching issues or need some feature sooner than other users, you can use our staging instance that has the freshest code we have. For that, you can specify the instance(s) that will react to your jobs by using this configuration option. It uses ["prod"] as the default, but you can set both (["prod", "stg"]) or just stage (["stg"]). You can also have a different setup for each job – see how the overriding works in the config file.

Just be aware that:

  • You still need to install the staging GitHub application.
  • Staging application has fewer resources and can be a bit slower in responses.
  • If you use both instances, you will have twice the number of commit statuses.
  • Picking just one instance might be better for downstream jobs since both instances will work with the production instances of Fedora systems.

Please, let us know when something looks weird or does not work with the staging app. By doing that, you are helping us to be sure that we don’t break your use-case.

Packit-as-a-Service #

Packit service doesn’t have any web interface to configure it, so the only way to change its behaviour is via the config file you just read about.

When you open a pull request against your upstream repository, packit service picks up configuration file from your pull request, not from the branch against the PR is opened. This way, you can polish your .packit.yaml and see the results right away. (for more info, please see packit-service#48)

Packit service jobs #

Once the service starts handling events of your repository, it needs to have a clear definition of what it should do.

The tasks the packit service should do are defined in section jobs. The section is a list of dicts:

- {key: value}
- {}

If there is no jobs section in the configuration file, jobs default to:

- job: copr_build
  trigger: pull_request
  targets: [fedora-stable]

- job: tests
  trigger: pull_request
  targets: [fedora-stable]

- job: propose_downstream
  trigger: release
    - fedora-all

If you do not want to use the jobs then the jobs section in the configuration file should be empty:

jobs: []

Packit configuration supports YAML Merge Key syntax, which can be used to reduce duplication of configuration. Please see the example:

# before
- job: copr_build
  trigger: pull_request
  - centos-stream-8-x86_64
  - centos-stream-9-x86_64
  - fedora-all

- job: copr_build
  trigger: commit
  branch: main
  - centos-stream-8-x86_64
  - centos-stream-9-x86_64
  - fedora-all

# after
- &copr
  job: copr_build
  trigger: pull_request
  - centos-stream-8-x86_64
  - centos-stream-9-x86_64
  - fedora-all

- <<: *copr
  trigger: commit
  branch: main

Every job has two mandatory keys:

  1. job - name of the job (you can imagine this as a CLI command)
  2. trigger - what is the trigger for the job?

Every job only supports a specific set of triggers.

Overriding global parameters #

You are able to override your global parameters (such as specfile_path, downstream_package_name, actions…) for every job. This is very useful when you want to set up a build or a test matrix using different parameters or configuration. It’s also useful when your release workflow differs between Fedora and EPEL.

In order to do such a thing, just set a value you want to override in the respective job.


specfile_path: package.spec
- job: some-job
  trigger: ran-out-of-beer
  targets: [fedora-stable]
  specfile_path: somewhere/else/package.spec

In this example, the job some-job would override specfile_path to somewhere/else/package.spec instead of using ./package.spec.

Aliases #

To not need to change the config file when the new system version is released, Packit provides multiple aliases to reference a subset of the active Fedora Linux releases:

  • fedora-all - all active releases, which includes released and branched versions and Rawhide (e.g. fedora-34, fedora-35, fedora-36, fedora-rawhide).
  • fedora-stable — the current (two or three) released and supported versions (e.g. fedora-34, fedora-35).
  • fedora-development — development versions of Fedora; the branched version is used only when available (e.g. fedora-36, fedora-rawhide)
  • fedora-latest — the last versioned Fedora (not a Rawhide), regardless if it’s released or still under development.
  • fedora-latest-stable — the latest released Fedora version (e.g. fedora-35).
  • fedora-branched — all branched releases, that is: everything, except Rawhide (e.g. fedora-34, fedora-35, fedora-36).

Additionally, epel-all can be used as an alias for the current active EPEL versions (e.g. epel-7, epel-8, epel-9)

The aliases above can be used both to specify targets when building in Copr or running tests, and to reference dist-git branches of different system versions (e.g. for propose_downstream job or downstream jobs like koji_build](#koji_build) or [bodhi_update`).

The information about releases is retrieved from Bodhi and because of the cache and required availability on Copr, it might take a while to get the newest state.

Supported jobs #

copr_build #

Create a SRPM and submit an RPM build to Fedora COPR build system.

Supported triggers:

  • pull_request – check out content of the pull request
  • commit – reacts to new commits to the specified branch
  • release – check out content of the tag associated with the release

Required parameters:

  • targets - (a list of) mock chroot(s) where the build is going to be executed (example fedora-rawhide-x86_64, defaults to fedora-stable): for more info see below. Does not need to be defined if using a custom Copr project (we fetch targets from the Copr settings).
  • branch - the name of the branch we want to build for when using commit trigger

Optional parameters:

  • timeout - (seconds) give up watching a build after timeout, defaults to 7200s, i.e. 2 hours
  • owner - a namespace in Copr where the build should happen (defaults to packit). Prefix with @ in case of a group.
  • project - a name of the Copr project (defaults to "{github_namespace}-{repository_name}-{pr_id}")
  • additional_repos - a list of additional buildroot repositories
  • list_on_homepage – The project will be shown on Copr frontend homepage if set to True. Defaults to False. The value is represented as unlisted_on_hp in Copr project settings.
  • preserve_project – The project will not be removed after 60 days if set to True. Defaults to False. The value is represented as delete_after_days in Copr project settings (True is -1 and False is 60).
  • enable_net – Specifies whether created Copr build should have access to network during its build. Defaults to False (Copr default, switched to False in June 2022).
  • identifier – Suffix added to the name of a GitHub check run. This is useful when you have multiple copr_build jobs with different configuration. For example if you set this to “mock”, then a check run for Rawhide would be named “rpm-build:fedora-rawhide-x86_64:mock”.
Using a custom Copr project #

When using a custom Copr project (by specifying project and owner), the GitHub repo has to be listed in the Packit allowed forge projects field in the Copr project settings so that the Copr builds can be actually run. As an example the string has to be inserted into

When using a custom owner, Packit Service asks for builder permission the first time it tries to build in the project. In case the configuration of the Copr project (e.g. adding new targets) need to be updated, Packit Service asks for admin permission. You need to approve these requests in the Copr project settings.

If you do not want to give us admin permission, you can update the project settings manually in Copr based on the guidance Packit Service gives.

You can also directly edit the permissions yourself without waiting for the Packit request by running:

$ copr-cli edit-permissions --builder packit [--admin packit] <project>

Boolean values (list_on_homepage and preserve_project) are not updated when you use custom owner.


- job: copr_build
  trigger: pull_request
    - fedora-stable
    - centos-stream-8-x86_64

With this configuration, you’ll get builds in all stable fedora releases (excluding rawhide) and the CentOS stream.

Available COPR build targets #

There are multiple places where you can get the latest list of available build targets:

  • Open your COPR project, then click “Settings” > “Build options” > “Chroots” - these are the same values packit accepts.

  • Install package copr-cli and run:

$ copr-cli list-chroots
  • You can also use the aliases provided by Packit to not need to change the config file when the new system version is released.

    By default, the x86_64 architecture will be used, but you you can override the default e.g. fedora-stable-aarch64.

  • If you are using custom Copr repository for your Copr builds, you don’t have to define the targets at all and they will be deduced from your custom Copr project.

tests #

See more about tests here.

upstream_koji_build #

Create a SRPM from upstream and submit a scratch RPM build to Fedora Koji build system.

At the moment it is not possible to run non-scratch Koji builds from upstream. For more info, please see the following issue.

If you want to do official Koji builds, the sources need to be present in dist-git: job koji_build can take care of that.

(The job used to be called production_build but we are deprecating that name in favour of the more explicit upstream_koji_build.)

Supported triggers:

  • pull_request – check out content of the pull request
  • commit – reacts to new commits to the specified branch
  • release – check out content of the tag associated with the release

Required parameters:

  • branch – the name of the branch we want to build for when using commit trigger.

Optional parameters:

  • targets – (a list of) targets we want to build for, list of supported targets can be listed using with koji list-targets. You can also use the aliases provided by Packit to not need to change the config file when the new system version is released.
propose_downstream #

Land a new upstream release in Fedora. This job only makes sure the changes happen in Fedora dist-git - no builds. A pull request is created as a result.

Supported triggers: release.

Optional parameters:

  • dist_git_branches - a (list of) branch(es) in dist-git where packit should work (defaults to main). You can also use the aliases provided by Packit to not need to change the config file when the new system version is released.


- job: propose_downstream
  trigger: release
- job: propose_downstream
  trigger: release
    - f35

This config would update Fedora Rawhide and Fedora 35 dist-git branches.

koji_build #

Trigger the build in Fedora Koji build system as a reaction to a new dist-git commit. A Packit config file needs to be in the dist-git repository to allow this job to be triggered. Packit loads the config from the newly pushed commit.

The build is triggered only for commits with a spec-file change.

By default, only merged pull requests created by Packit are being acted upon so the proven packager workflow is preserved, details here. You can override this behaviour by specifying allowed_pr_authors and/or allowed_committers in the job configuration (see below). For direct pushes, the committer needs to be specified in the allowed_committers and for merged pull requests the author of the PR needs to be specified in the allowed_pr_authors .

There is no UI provided by Packit for the job, but it is visible across Fedora systems (as you can see in the following image). The koji build behaves as it was created manually, and you can utilise Fedora Notifications to be informed about the builds. Also, you can configure a repository where should we open issues in case of errors during the job via issue_repository configuration key.

You can retrigger a build by typing /packit koji-build in the pull request Pagure interface.

For Koji builds from upstream, see upstream_koji_build.

Supported triggers:

  • commit – reacts to new commits to the specified branch (in dist-git)

Required parameters:

  • dist_git_branches – the name of the dist-git branch we want to build for when using commit trigger. You can also use the aliases provided by Packit to not need to change the config file when the new system version is released.

Optional parameters:

  • scratch – defaults to false, use to create scratch (test) builds instead of the real production builds
  • allowed_pr_authors - a list of FAS accounts of PR authors whose merged pull requests will trigger koji builds (defaults to ['packit']).
  • allowed_committers - a list of FAS accounts of committers whose pushes to dist-git will trigger koji builds (defaults to an empty list).


- job: koji_build
  trigger: commit
    - fedora-all
    - epel-8
bodhi_update #

Create a new update in Fedora Bodhi for successful Koji build. A Packit config file needs to be in the dist-git repository to allow this job to be triggered. Packit loads the config from the commit the build is triggered from.

For now, the Bodhi update is created only for builds submitted by the Packit FAS user. (See koji_build job for more details on how to set this up.) This is just for the early stage of this job, and we can easily turn off that filter. Let us know if you need this condition to be removed. Also, you need to give commit rights to packit FAS user for your package in dist-git settings.

There is no UI provided by Packit for the job, but it is visible across Fedora systems like a manually created Bodhi update, and you can utilise Fedora Notifications to tweak the notifications settings.

Note that this job is really new and not mature yet – let us know if you find anything problematic or any improvement we can implement.

Supported triggers:

  • commit – Packit uses the original action as a config trigger, so you need to use commit as a trigger. The real trigger is a successful Koji build (that was triggered from a commit).

Required parameters:

  • dist_git_branches – the name of the dist-git branch(es) the build we want to use is coming from. You can also use the aliases provided by Packit to not need to change the config file when the new system version is released.


- job: bodhi_update
  trigger: commit
    - fedora-stable # rawhide updates are created automatically
    - epel-8
vm_image_build #


Before we implement this in the app, please refer to the CLI guide.

Supported triggers:

  • pull_request – Packit does not react to this job yet.

Image Parameters (Packit does not sanitize these and just passes them to Image Builder; check Image Builder’s API documentation for details).

Required parameters:

  • copr_chroot – name of the chroot to use for installing packages in the image
  • owner – Copr project owner
  • project – Copr project name


- job: vm_image_build
  trigger: pull_request
    architecture: x86_64
    image_type: aws
      type: aws
        share_with_accounts: ["123456789"]
    packages: [foo-bar]
  image_distribution: fedora-36
  owner: john-foo
  project: foo-bar-martini
  copr_chroot: fedora-36-x86_64

User configuration file #

When running packit as a tool locally, it is convenient to use a configuration file to provide data such as API tokens. Packit respects XDG_CONFIG_HOME environment variable. If not set, it looks inside ~/.config/ directory.

The acceptable names are the same as for the package config:

  • .packit.yaml
  • .packit.yml
  • .packit.json
  • packit.yaml
  • packit.yml
  • packit.json

Values #

Key name Type Description
debug bool enable debug logs
fas_user string username in Fedora account system; this is utilized when authenticating with Bodhi using Kerberos
kerberos_realm string Kerberos realm to use for authentication, example “FEDORAPROJECT.ORG”
authentication dict tokens for services (GitHub, Pagure)
upstream_git_remote string name of the git remote to discover upstream project URL from
redhat_api_refresh_token string Red Hat API token, can be obtained here

The authentication is a dictionary where:

  • key is a hostname, url or name that can be mapped to a service-type, for example or pagure
  • value is a dictionary with keys: token and instance_url (optional)


        token: mnbvcxz123456
        token: qwertyuiop098765

The GitHub token is needed when packit interacts with GitHub API, get it at (getting full read & write repo scope should be enough). The Pagure token needed to access REST API, get it at

Specifying tokens as direct keys github_token and pagure_user_token has been deprecated and will be removed in future versions.

Since API tokens are a very sensitive information, please do NOT ever store them in a public (such as a GitHub repository). The configuration file here is located on your workstation, please do NOT confuse it with a config file for your project - that one is described above in the first section of this document.