Using external metadata
To help avoid unnecessary duplication, and for convenience, Snapcraft can process and incorporate external metadata from within snapcraft.yaml by using
parse-info within a part and a corresponding
For example, the following
snapcraft.yaml will parse a file called
metadata-file. Snapcraft will attempt to extract
description metadata for the snap, all of which are mandatory:
name: my-snap-name adopt-info: part-with-metadata parts: part-with-metadata: plugin: dump source: . parse-info: [metadata-file]
See The snapcraft format for further details on Snapcraft metadata and how it’s used.
An external metadata source can be one of the following:
- AppStream: a standard for software components
Scriptlets: a snapcraftctl-driven command to generate
See below for details on incorporating each of the above into your snapcraft.yaml.
AppStream is a metadata standard used to describe a common set software components. It can be parsed by snapcraft to provide the
icon for a snap, along with the location of an app’s desktop file.
The following is a typical example from an upstream project. It’s an AppStream file called
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <component type="desktop-application"> <id>com.example.sampleapp</id> <name>Sample App</name> <summary>Single-line elevator pitch for your amazing application</summary> <description> This is applications's description. A paragraph or two to tell the most important story about it. </description> <icon type="local">assets/icon.png</icon> <launchable type="desktop-id"> com.example.sampleapp.desktop </launchable> <releases> <release date="2019-11-27" version="184.108.40.206"/> </releases> </component>
We adopt the above metadata into
snapcraft.yaml with the following:
name: sampleapp-name adopt-info: sampleapp apps: sampleapp: command: sampleapp common-id: com.example.sampleapp parts: sampleapp: plugin: dump source: http://github.com/example/sampleapp.git parse-info: [usr/share/metainfo/com.example.sampleapp.appdata.xml]
The resulting snap will use the title, version, summary and description from the AppStream file.
You can also link each app in your snap to specific AppStream metadata by pointing the
common-id key of that app to the component id field in the AppStream metadata. Snapcraft will use the metadata of that component to get the
.desktop entry file for that app.
Note: The process to get the
.desktop file entry from the AppStream metadata goes as follows. First, Snapcraft searches for a parsed AppStream file with the same component id as the app’s
common-id and extracts the Desktop File ID (
desktop-id) from that component. If that component doesn’t specify a
desktop-id, Snapcraft will use the component id as the Desktop File ID. Snapcraft will then search for a desktop file matching the Desktop File ID in the
usr/share directories relative to the part source, and by following the Desktop File ID rules.
Individual parts in your
snapcraft.yaml can set the
grade by using
snapcraftctl. All you need to do is select which part to adopt using
# ... adopt-info: my-part # ... parts: my-part: # ... override-pull: | snapcraftctl pull snapcraftctl set-version "my-version" snapcraftctl set-grade "devel"
See Scriptlets for more details on using scripting elements within snapcraft.yaml.
[not recommended] `setup.py`⚓
A setup.py file is used by many Python projects to help with package installation. If your setup.py uses setuptools and defines
description, these can be extracted from
setup.py and used as the
description metadata in the resulting snap.
The following is an example
setup.py in the root of a hypothetical git tree:
import setuptools setuptools.setup( name='hello-world', version='1.0', author='snapcrafter', email@example.com', description='A simple hello world in python', scripts=['hello'] )
You can adopt the relevant metadata in the above with the following snapcraft.yaml
name: sampleapp-name summary: sampleapp summary adopt-info: sampleapp apps: sampleapp: command: sampleapp parts: sampleapp: plugin: python source: http://github.com/example/sampleapp.git parse-info: [setup.py]
Snapcraft versions and compatibility⚓
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