one software project administration tool for all environments
current release: 4.1.4792
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Anise is a Python-based execution engine for automation tasks.

Automation tasks exist in software development, and probably all kinds of other sectors. They typically require the execution of different smaller and larger tools. Complex tasks often need a sequence of many steps to execute, with some steps having dependencies to each other. Manually triggering all these steps in the graphical interfaces of all the involved tools is possible in theory, but will generate errors and frustration after some cycles.

The automation interfaces of those tools are sometimes easier, but sometimes they are error-prone. Some tasks may also need to ask the user for some information in an interactive way. Some smaller parts might also be machine-specific (e.g. filesystem paths or the code how to access a password vault), while the entire task must be runnable on some different machines. In some situations, this can lead to a rather intransparent forest of different tools, with unique oddnesses and special conventions. As the number of different project increases, you will see more and more different tools, often doing a similar job, but for different platforms or frameworks and, of course, with different usage conventions. Spontaneously written glue scripts help in the beginning, but will explode as the complexity exceeds some threshold.

Typical tasks in software development could be:

  • Generating documentation
  • Testing
  • Automatic code generation
  • Creating packages
  • Creating a homepage, automatically built from the available version information, the packages, the documentation and so on
  • Deploying this homepage to a web server
  • Handling version information
    • e.g. print it in the manual
  • and many more

The anise framework allows you to implement all those tasks in a structured but generic way in a combination of XML and Python code. Once you have created this stuff at a defined place in your project, anise lets you easily execute your tasks from command line (or from any editor if you embed it somehow). This gives you a common and easy interface to all your 'tool glue' code.

The anise engine executes arbitrary Python source code and provides some additional services like logging, parameter passing from command line, basic graphical user interface support, a plugin interface, a flexible event system, injecting code and data from other place, dependencies between code fragments, and more.

On top of this engine, anise comes with a bunch of implementations which fulfill tasks (or parts of them) of software development. There is a testing module, a documentation- and homepage-generator, some package building methods and a lot more. The implementations use the event system in many places in order to allow customization in a somewhat technical but very flexible way. Even so, those implementations are rather specific and it depends on the particular case, if, and how many of those implementations are useful.


anise is distributed under the terms of the GPLv3 or higher license. This also affects all included files without a license header (non-source files like images), unless they are explicitly mentioned as third-party content. Read the Dependencies section for included third-party stuff.


The following documentation is available:


Developer Documentation


The following packages are available. Choose the one which matches your operating system or environment. Please also check for requirements.

Debian/Ubuntu package

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created: 2019-08-27 21:32        size: 1.6 MB
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created: 2018-05-31 02:28        size: 1.6 MB
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created: 2017-12-26 20:05        size: 3.1 MB

Python wheel package

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created: 2019-08-27 21:32        size: 524.8 KB
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created: 2018-05-31 02:28        size: 520.3 KB
sha256sum: 12b416b397096a998b442fae800cb472f52dd51449636c3bcfe76d44f809604c
created: 2017-12-26 20:05        size: 513.2 KB

Windows package

sha256sum: d42025e054e663646abbc831e9f55d754a68a5a1d27aac138fc3eacb9c8bf3c8
created: 2019-08-27 21:32        size: 6.1 MB
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created: 2018-05-31 02:28        size: 6.1 MB
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created: 2017-12-26 20:05        size: 7.6 MB


Install anise as Flatpak on most modern Linux systems by installing application '' from repository ''.
Install $ sudo pacman -S flatpak before you can use Flatpak in Arch Linux.
Install $ yum install flatpak as root before you can use Flatpak in CentOS.
Install $ apt install flatpak as root before you can use Flatpak in Debian.
Flatpak is directly usable in Fedora without further work.
Install before you can use Flatpak in Gentoo.
Install $ sudo zypper install flatpak before you can use Flatpak in openSUSE.
Install $ yum install flatpak as root before you can use Flatpak in Red Hat.
Install $ sudo apt install flatpak before you can use Flatpak in Ubuntu.

See above how to prepare Flatpak and then run:

$ flatpak remote-add --user --no-gpg-verify anise
$ flatpak install --user anise
$ flatpak run
or install it with just:
$ flatpak install --user --from


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created: 2019-08-27 21:32        size: 2.4 KB
Use the .gpg for optional repository signature verification.


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created: 2019-08-27 21:32        size: 1.6 KB

source tarball

sha256sum: 51d90e0af3e1429c8c9e39cf306c014b78e4458d1ad68a9037a0fd87392d379b
created: 2019-08-27 21:32        size: 5.9 MB
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created: 2018-05-31 02:28        size: 5.9 MB
sha256sum: 2295539aa5038c9138468f36be9fbf8efad0ac5ca83a9936b061faec9564364c
created: 2017-12-26 20:05        size: 7.4 MB

There are external parts which are used by anise. Many thanks to the projects and all participants.
Python 3.4 required
Typical GNU/Linux Desktop recommended
PyQt5 incl. WebEngine required (has alternatives) : for some user interface enhancements; you can comfortably work without it (inside the browser then)
subversion optional
git optional
font 'Symbola' included : for logo symbol; free for use; copied from here.
banner image included : _meta/homepage_bannerimage.png; license CC BY-SA 3.0; copied from here.
third-party project logos included : from some projects (see their websites for details).
all files in /_meta included : if not mentioned otherwise, Copyright 2015 Josef Hahn under license CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
icon set 'oxygen' included : files 'anise/data/icons/userfeedback'; license see homepage.


The Anise task chooser
Execution of an Anise task
The Anise Console
Powerful graphical configuration interface
Each graphical interface also works in terminals
Project configuration raw editor
gallery0/v_anise001.mp4|||Screencast: First steps
gallery0/v_anise002.mp4|||Screencast: Creating project homepages
gallery0/v_anise003.mp4|||Screencast: Features
gallery0/v_anise004.mp4|||Screencast: Windows

Change Log

The last changes brought the following improvements.

2018-05-31 (4.1.4704)
  • Feature 'build.autotools' with initial support for the GNU Build System (a.k.a. Autotools) added.
  • The build feature now has an abstraction infrastructure for making code able to run in different environments/scenarios.
  • The universe object - formerly universe() - is now also available by universe.
  • Initial support for Flatpak application images is available.


Publisher: Josef Hahn, Boxgraben 112-114, 52064 Aachen, Germany | website: | mail:


If you have funny rants about anise itself or about some techniques it uses, some constructive feedback, a cool patch or a mysterious problem, feel free to mail it to

Please use the bugtracker if you have found an error in the software.