Continuous integration (CI) is part of our development process and ensure that every piece of code or documentation which is contributed to SciPy is working and does not have unforeseen effects.
We run more than 20 different workflows with different versions of the dependencies, different architectures, etc. A PR must pass all these checks before it can be merged as to ensure a sustainable state of the project.
Apart from the unit tests, the documentation and examples in the docstrings are also checked. These are common failing workflows as Sphinx and doctests have very strict rules. These aspects are very important as documentation and examples are user facing elements. Ensures that these elements are properly rendered.
The logs can be long, but you will always find out why your build/test did not
pass a check. Simply click on
Details to access the logs.
Following is a list of all the different workflows in use. They are grouped by CI resources providers.
Lint: PEP8 and code style
Windows Tests: test suite runs for Windows
Linux Tests: test suite runs for Linux
macOS Tests: test suite runs for macOS (
Wheels builder: builds wheels for SciPy releases as well as nightly builds.
Check the rendered docs here!: live preview of the documentation
prerelease_deps_coverage_64bit_blas: use pre-released version of the dependencies and check coverage
gcc-8: build with minimal supported version of GCC, install the wheel, then run the test suite with python -OO
Array API: test Array API support
The test suite runs on GitHub Actions and other platforms cover a range of
test/environment conditions: Python and NumPy versions
(lowest-supported to nightly builds), 32-bit vs. 64-bit, different compilers,
and more - for details, see the
.yml configuration files.
build_docs: build the documentation
run_benchmarks: verify how the changes impact performance
refguide_check: doctests from examples and benchmarks
Tests: test suite for specific architecture like
musllinux, arm, aarch
Wheels: build and upload some wheels
Being an open-source project, we have access to a quota of CI resources. Ultimately, resources are limited and we should use them with care. This is why we ask you to verify your changes locally before pushing them.
Depending on the proposed change, you might want to skip part of the checks. It will be at the discretion of a maintainer to re-run some tests before integration.
Skipping CI can be achieved by adding a special text in the commit message:
[skip actions]: will skip GitHub Actions
[skip circle]: will skip CircleCI
[skip cirrus]: will skip CirrusCI
[skip ci]: will skip all CI
Of course, you can combine these to skip multiple workflows.
This skip information should be placed on a new line. In this example, we
just updated a
.rst file in the documentation and ask to skip Cirrus and
GitHub Actions’ workflows:
DOC: improve QMCEngine examples. [skip actions] [skip cirrus]
when the commit message contains the text
on a scheduled basis once a week
when it is started manually.
when there is a push to the repository with a github reference starting with
refs/tags/v(and not ending with
The action does not run on forks of the main SciPy repository. The wheels that are created are available as artifacts associated with a successful run of the Action. When the Action runs on a schedule, or is manually started, the wheels are uploaded to the *scientific-python-nightly-wheels* repository.
It is not advised to use cibuildwheel to build scipy wheels on your own system as it will automatically install gfortran compilers and various other dependencies. Instead, one could use an isolated Docker container to build Linux wheels.