Installing Private Python Repo to App Platform

I have a django project with the requirements.txt given so that app platform can install related dependencies. However, I also have 2 private repos that I built that need to be added. I can install them from the console by pip install git+… but I would like to automate it so that I wouldn’t have to do it after each deployment.

How can I add this private repo installation into the app platform dependency install phase?

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Hi there,

If you want to install packages from a private repository during the build phase in DigitalOcean’s App Platform, you’ll need to provide a method for the build environment to authenticate against the private repository.

One way of doing this would be to:

  1. Generate a Personal Access Token:

    For GitHub, you can generate a Personal Access Token (PAT) by going to your account’s Developer Settings → Personal access tokens → Generate new token. Ensure that the token has the necessary scopes for reading your private repositories.

  2. Add the Personal Access Token to Your App Platform Environment:

    • Navigate to your app in the DigitalOcean App Platform dashboard.
    • Go to the Settings tab.
    • Under the Environment Variables section, add a new environment variable. Name it something like GITHUB_PAT and paste your Personal Access Token as its value.
  3. Modify your requirements.txt:

    Use the environment variable in your requirements.txt file to install the private repo. Here’s a generalized format:


    When App Platform builds your app, it will replace $GITHUB_PAT with the actual token, allowing pip to authenticate and download the private package.

  4. Redeploy Your App:

    With these changes, redeploy your app on the App Platform.

Let me know how it goes!



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