File downloads on project overview pages

After all the work that’s gone into a release, you want to get your software out to users.

One way is to use Launchpad to make your release files available for download. Now, Launchpad makes it even easier for users to get the files from your latest release, by listing them on your project’s overview page.

Let’s take a look at the Bazaar project, as an example:

Files for download on the bzr project overview page

Here you can see files from Bazaar’s recent 1.3 release.

To distribute your project’s files through Launchpad, first you need to register a series and then register a release on the series overview page.

Once you’re on the release page, in Launchpad, there’s a link to upload files.

There are a few things to bear in mind when uploading files. They should be:

  • code release tarball
  • installer files
  • README or other documentation
  • changelog file
  • release notes
  • no more than 60MB per file.

Let us know how you get on using Launchpad to distribute your project files.

2 Responses to “File downloads on project overview pages”

  1. Alex Says:

    I’ve been using downloads on Launchpad for a while, and this new feature is good, but I’d love it if Launchpad showed project members download statistics, so that you can see how many people have downloaded your files, etc.

  2. Ant Bryan Says:

    You could also easily create/include a .metalink which lists the (possible) download mirrors for a file, the checksum so the file’s integrity can automatically be verified after the download finishes, and the sig too.

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