You are reading the documentation for the in-development version of Streamlink.



Setting up the repository

In order to start working on Streamlink, you must first install the latest stable version of git, optionally fork the repository on Github onto your account if you want to submit changes in a pull request, and then locally clone the repository.

mkdir streamlink
cd streamlink
git clone --origin=upstream '' .
git remote add fork '<YOUR-USERNAME>/streamlink.git'
git remote -v
git fetch --all

When submitting a pull request, commit and push your changes onto a different branch.

git checkout master
git pull upstream master
git checkout -b new/feature/or/bugfix/branch
git add ./foo
git commit
git push fork new/feature/or/bugfix/branch

Setting up a new environment

While working on any kind of python-based project, it is usually best to do this in a virtual environment which is isolated from the Python environment of the host system. This ensures that development can be done in a clean space which is free of version conflicts and other unrelated packages.

First, make sure that you have the latest stable versions of Python and pip installed.

python --version
pip --version

As the second preparation step, install the latest version of virtualenv, either via your system's package manager or pip, and create a new virtual environment. These environments can be created separately for different Python versions. Please refer to the virtualenv documentation for all available parameters. There are also several wrappers around virtualenv available.

pip install --upgrade --user virtualenv
virtualenv --version

# replace ~/venvs/streamlink with your path of choice and give it a proper name
virtualenv --download --verbose ~/venvs/streamlink

Now activate the virtual environment by sourcing the activation shell script.

source ~/venvs/streamlink/bin/activate

# non-POSIX shells have their own activation script, eg. FISH
source ~/venvs/streamlink/bin/

# on Windows, activation scripts are located in the Scripts/ subdirectory instead of bin/
source ~/venvs/streamlink/Scripts/activate

Validating changes

Before submitting a pull request, run tests, perform code linting and build the documentation on your system first, to see if your changes contain any mistakes or errors. This will be done automatically for each pull request on each change, but performing these checks locally avoids unnecessary build failures.

# run automated tests
python -m pytest -ra
# or just run a subset of all tests
python -m pytest -ra path/to/ ...

# check code for linting errors

# build the documentation
make --directory=docs clean html
$BROWSER ./docs/_build/html/index.html


Adding plugins

  1. Implement the plugin in src/streamlink/plugins/, similar to already existing plugins. Check the git log for recently added or modified plugins to help you get an overview of what's needed to properly implement a plugin. A complete guide is currently not available.

  2. Add at least tests for the URL regex matching in tests/plugins/. Once again, check other plugin tests from the git log.

Removing plugins

  1. Remove the plugin file in src/streamlink/plugins/ and the test file in tests/plugins/

  2. Remove the plugin entry from the documentation in docs/plugin_matrix.rst

  3. Run script/ once to update src/streamlink/plugins/.removed