I wanted the simplest (i.e. most lightweight) possible repository capable of serving packages in such a way as that Python’s pip would be able to install them. These notes are so that I don’t forget how I solved the task.

I create a new directory on a Web server (e.g. nginx) and permit the server to show a directory listing. Then I install the packages I need into directories named by package:

├── airports
│   └── airports-0.2.tar.gz
└── paho-mqtt
    └── paho-mqtt-1.5.0.tar.gz

That’s it.

On the client side, I configure /etc/pip.conf so that pip uses my repository. The directives are documented.

index =
index-url =
trusted-host =

That’s it.

$ python3.7 -m venv j0
$ source j0/bin/activate
(j0) $ pip install airports
Looking in indexes:
Collecting airports
  Downloading (144kB)
     |████████████████████████████████| 153kB 5.2MB/s
Collecting paho-mqtt (from airports)
  Downloading (99kB)
     |████████████████████████████████| 102kB 5.9MB/s
Installing collected packages: paho-mqtt, airports
  Running setup.py install for paho-mqtt ... done
  Running setup.py install for airports ... done
Successfully installed airports-0.2 paho-mqtt-1.5.0
(j0) $

Rune calls in to tell me about pip2pi which can pull in packages from pip and install them into a local directory which I then serve or make available somehow. Basically an easy way to copy packages and their dependencies.