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Doorstop 0.7

Text-based requirements management using version control.

Latest Version: 0.8.4


Doorstop is a tool to manage the storage of textual requirements alongside source code in version control.

Each linkable item (requirement, test case, etc.) is stored as a YAML file in a designated directory. The items in each directory form a document. Document items can be linked to one another to form a tree hierarchy. Doorstop provides mechanisms for modifying this hierarchy, checking the tree for consistency, and publishing documents in several formats.

Additional reading:

Getting Started


  • Python 3.3+
  • A version control system for requirements storage


Doorstop can be installed with pip:

$ pip install doorstop

Or directly from source:

$ git clone
$ cd doorstop
$ python install

After installation, Doorstop is available on the command-line:

$ doorstop --help

And the package is available under the name ‘doorstop’:

$ python
>>> import doorstop
>>> doorstop.__version__

Basic Usage

Document Creation

Parent Document

After configuring version control, a new parent document can be created:

$ doorstop new REQ ./reqs
created document: REQ (@/reqs)

Items can be added to the document and edited:

$ doorstop add REQ
added item: REQ001 (@/reqs/REQ001.yml)

$ doorstop edit REQ1
opened item: REQ001 (@/reqs/REQ001.yml)

Child Documents

Additional documents can be created that link to other documents:

$ doorstop new TST ./reqs/tests --parent REQ
created document: TST (@/reqs/tests)

Items can be added and linked to parent items:

$ doorstop add TST
added item: TST001 (@/reqs/tests/TST001.yml)

$ doorstop link TST1 REQ1
linked item: TST001 (@/reqs/tests/TST001.yml) -> REQ001 (@/reqs/REQ001.yml)

Document Validation

To check a document hierarchy for consistency, run the main command:

$ doorstop
valid tree: REQ <- [ TST ]

Document Publishing

A text report of a document can be displayed:

$ doorstop publish TST
1       TST001

        Verify the foobar will foo and bar.

        Links: REQ001

Other formats are also supported:

$ doorstop publish TST --html
<!DOCTYPE html>
<h1>1 (TST001)</h1>
<p>Verify the foobar will foo and bar.</p>
<p><em>Links: REQ001</em></p>

Or a file can be created using one of the supported extensions:

$ doorstop publish TST path/to/
publishing TST to path/to/

Supported formats:

  • Text: .txt
  • Markdown: .md
  • HTML: .html

Content Interchange


Documents can be exported for editing or to exchange with other systems:

$ doorstop export TST
  active: true
  dervied: false
  level: 1
  - REQ001
  normative: true
  ref: ''
  text: |
    Verify the foobar will foo and bar.

Or a file can be created using one of the supported extensions:

$ doorstop export TST path/to/tst.csv
exporting TST to path/to/tst.csv...
exported: path/to/tst.csv

Supported formats:

  • YAML: .yml
  • Comma-Separated Values: .csv
  • Tab-Separated Values: .tsv
  • Microsoft Office Excel: .xlsx


Items can be created/updated from the export formats:

$ doorstop import path/to/tst.csv TST

For Contributors


Create a virtualenv:

make env

Run the tests:

make test
make tests  # includes integration tests

Build the documentation:

make doc

Run static analysis:

make pep8
make pep257
make pylint
make check  # includes all checks

Prepare a release:

make dist  # dry run
make upload


0.7 (2014/07/08)

  • Added doorstop delete … to delete document directories.
  • Added doorstop export … to export content for external tools.
  • Fixed doorstop publish … handling of unknown formats.
  • Added tree structure and traceability to index.html.
  • Added clickable links using Item IDs in HTML header tags.
  • Fixed bug publishing a document to a directory.
  • Fixed bug publishing a document without an extension or type specified.
  • Updated doorstop import … to import from document export formats.
  • Updated doorstop edit … to support document export/import.
  • Renamed doorstop new … to doorstop create ….
  • Made ‘all’ a reserved word, which cannot be used as a prefix.

0.6 (2014/05/15)

  • Refactored Item levels into a Level class
  • Refactored Item identifiers into an ID class
  • Refactored Item text into a Text class (behaves like str)
  • Methods no longer require nore accept ‘document’ and ‘tree’ arguments
  • Renamed Item.find_rlinks() to Item.find_child_links()
  • Changed ‘–no-rlink-check’ to ‘–no-child-check’
  • Added Item.find_child_items() and Item.find_child_documents()
  • Added aliases to Item: parent_links, child_links/items/documents
  • Added ‘–with-child-links’ to ‘doorstop publish’ to publish child links
  • Added ‘doorstop import’ CLI to import documents and items.
  • Refactored Document prefixes in a Prefix class (also used in the ID class)
  • Added ‘–no-level-check’ to disable document level validation
  • Added ‘–reorder’ option to ‘doorstop’ to enable reording

0.5 (2014/04/25)

  • Converted Item.issues() to a property and added Item.get_issues()
  • Added ‘–level’ option to ‘doorstop add’ to force an Item level
  • Added warnings for duplicate Item levels in a Document
  • Added warnings for skipped Item levels in a Document
  • Renamed Item methods: add_link -> link, remove_link -> unlink, valid -> validate
  • Renamed Document methods: add -> add_item, remove -> remove_item, valid -> validate
  • Renamed Tree methods: new -> new_document, add -> add_item, remove -> remove_item, link -> link_items, unlink -> unlink_items, edit -> edit_item, valid -> validate
  • Added doorstop.importer functions to add exiting Documents and Items

0.4.3 (2014/03/18)

  • Fixed storage of 2-part levels ending in a multiple of 10

0.4.2 (2014/03/17)

  • Fixed a case where Item.root was not set

0.4.1 (2014/03/16)

  • Fixed auto save/load decorator order

0.4 (2014/03/16)

  • Added Tree.delete() to delete all Documents and Items
  • Added ‘doorstop publish all <directory>’ to publish Trees and index.html

0.3 (2014/03/12)

  • Added find_document and find_item convenience functions
  • Added Document.delete() to delete a Document and its Items

0.2 (2014/03/05)

  • All Item text attributes are now be split by sentences and line-wrapped
  • Added Tree.load() for cases when lazy loading is too slow
  • Added caching to Tree.find_item() and Tree.find_document()

0.1 (2014/02/17)

  • Top-level Items are no longer required to have a level ending in zero
  • Added Item/Document.extended to get a list of extended attribute names

0.0.21 (2014/02/14)

  • Documents can now have Item files in sub-folders

0.0.20 (2014/02/13)

  • Updated to support lists of Items

0.0.19 (2014/02/13)

  • Updated to support Items or Documents
  • Removed the ‘iter_’ prefix from all generators

0.0.18 (2014/02/12)

  • Fixed CSS bullets indent

0.0.17 (2014/01/31)

  • Added caching of Items in the Document class
  • Added Document.remove() to delete an item by its ID
  • Item.find_rlinks() will now search the entire tree for links

0.0.16 (2014/01/28)

  • Added Item.find_rlinks() to return reverse links and child documents
  • Changed the logging format
  • Added a ‘–project’ argument to provide a path to the root of the project

0.0.15 (2014/01/27)

  • Fixed a mutable default argument bug in Item creation

0.0.14 (2014/01/27)

  • Added Tree/Document/Item.iter_issues() method to yield all issues
  • Tree/Document/Item.check() now logs all issues rather than failing fast
  • Renamed Tree/Document/Item.check() to valid()

0.0.13 (2014/01/25)

  • Added Document.sep to separate prefix and item numbers.

0.0.12 (2014/01/24)

  • Fixed missing package data.

0.0.11 (2014/01/23)

  • Added property to disable certain items.
  • Added Item.dervied property to disable link checking on certain items.

0.0.10 (2014/01/22)

  • Switched to embedded CSS in generated HTML.
  • Shorted default Item and Document string formatting.

0.0.9 (2014/01/21)

  • Added top-down link checking.
  • Non-normative items with a zero-ended level are now headings.
  • Added a CSS for generated HTML.
  • The ‘publish’ command now accepts an output file path.

0.0.8 (2014/01/16)

  • Searching for ‘ref’ will now also find filenames.
  • Item files can now contain arbitrary fields.
  • Document prefixes can now contain numbers, dashes, and periods.
  • Added a ‘normative’ attribute to the Item class.

0.0.7 (2013/12/09)

  • Always showing ‘ref’ in items.
  • Reloading item attributes after a save.
  • Inserting lines breaks after sentences in item ‘text’.

0.0.6 (2013/12/04)

  • Added basic report creation via ‘doorstop publish’.

0.0.5 (2013/11/20)

  • Added item link and reference validation.
  • Added cached of loaded items.
  • Added preliminary VCS support for Git and Veracity.

0.0.4 (2013/11/04)

  • Implemented ‘add’, ‘remove’, ‘link’, and ‘unlink’ commands.
  • Added basic tree validation.

0.0.3 (2013/10/17)

  • Added the initial Document class.
  • Items can now be ordered by ‘level’ in a Document.
  • Initial tutorial created.

0.0.2 (2013/09/25)

  • Changed ‘doorstop init’ to ‘doorstop new’.
  • Added the initial Item class.
  • Added stubs for the Document class.

0.0.1 (2013/09/11)

  • Initial release of Doorstop.
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