You need to declare the files in the package_data  section of your setup.py  file.


For example, if your Scrapy project has the following structure:


myproject/
  __init__.py
  settings.py
  resources/
    cities.txt
scrapy.cfg
setup.py


You would use the following in your setup.py  to include the cities.txt  file:


setup(
    name='myproject',
    version='1.0',
    packages=find_packages(),
    package_data={
        'myproject': ['resources/*.txt']
    },
    entry_points={
        'scrapy': ['settings = myproject.settings']
    },
    zip_safe=False,
)


NOTE 1: The zip_safe flag is set to False , as this may be needed in some cases.

NOTE 2: Please ensure that the name of your project doesn't overlap with existing package names, such as scrapy, as a crawler is a regular python package and it may cause conflicts/unwanted side-effects when deploying.


Now you can access the cities.txt  file content from setup.py like this:


import pkgutil

data = pkgutil.get_data("myproject", "resources/cities.txt")


Note that this code works for the example Scrapy project structure defined at the beginning of the article. If your project has different structure - you will need to adjust package_data section and your code accordingly.


For advanced resource access take a look at setuptools pkg_resources module.