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DTOcean Graphical Application


This repository contains the main graphical application of the DTOcean software suite. The code contained in this package relates only to the Qt4 GUI representation of the system. All underlying logic can be found in the dtocean-core package and the related dtocean-* modules and themes. The only unique dependency for this package is dtocean-qt which contains helper functions for PyQt.

This package can be used as a basis for development of the DTOcean system by following the installation and development instructions given below. Submissions to the official DTOcean repositories should follow the instructions given in the following blog post:

DTOcean Development: Change Management


The DTOcean suite can be installed using three methods as follows:

  1. Windows Installer: The latest major.minor release can be downloaded from SETIS.
  2. Anaconda Package: The latest major.minor.micro release is packaged for the Anaconda Python distribution.
  3. Manual installation using setuptools.

Each of these installation methods will be described in the sections below.

Windows Installer

A Microsoft Windows installer is available for installation from the SETIS website. Generally, this installer will provide the latest major.minor version of the DTOcean tool. The installer will contain any supplementary data that is not stored within the source control repositories but does not automatically install the examples database or the manuals. These must be downloaded and installed separately:

Note the database requires a PostgreSQL server to be installed on the local machine and full instructions are provided within the download.

With the current (1.0.0) version of the installer some users have reported problems related to the installation directory not being found. A temporary workaround for this issue is described in the following blog post:

DTOcean Installation Solution

Other known issues with the current installer version can be found on the Any Asked Questions page or the dtocean-issues repository. If you can't find your issue in the closed or open issues then the developers would strongly encourage you to create a new issue.

Anaconda Package

The DTOcean application can be installed easily using the Anaconda Python distribution. A prerequisite is installation of the Anaconda distribution for Python version 2.7. Additionally, if the full system has not been installed previously using the process described in the Windows Installer section, the supplementary data package must be installed. The current version of the data package can be downloaded from SETIS.

If desired, the example database must also be downloaded and installed separately:

Note the database requires a PostgreSQL server to be installed on the local machine and full instructions are provided within the download.

Installation of the DTOcean manuals is not currently supported through this method but will be included in the near future.

Once the above prerequisites are installed, it is recommended to install and run DTOcean from an "environment". The process, using a Windows Command Prompt window, is as follows.

Add Anaconda Cloud Channels (First Time Only)

conda config --append channels conda-forge
conda config --append channels dataonlygreater

These channels provide the DTOcean packages and their dependencies.

Create an Environment (First Time Only)

conda create -n _dtocean

Follow the prompts and press enter as required. The underscore in the environment name prevents start menu links being created for this environment.

Install DTOcean (First Time Only)

activate _dtocean
conda install dtocean-app

Follow the prompts and press enter as required. It is assumed that the _dtocean environment has not been previously activated.

Run the application (Anaconda)

activate _dtocean

It is assumed that the _dtocean environment has not been previously activated. If dtocean-app is not started try running in debug mode:

dtocean-app --debug

Installing from Source

Although not supported, it is possible to install the DTOcean packages without use of the Anaconda development environment directly from the source code.


The full list of dependencies (copied from the output of the Anaconda install) is:

  • aneris
  • attrdict
  • basemap
  • cma
  • configobj
  • cycler
  • decorator
  • descartes
  • dtocean-core
  • dtocean-economics
  • dtocean-electrical
  • dtocean-environment
  • dtocean-hydrodynamics
  • dtocean-installation
  • dtocean-logistics
  • dtocean-maintenance
  • dtocean-moorings
  • dtocean-qt
  • dtocean-reliability
  • easygui
  • et_xmlfile
  • geoalchemy2
  • geopy
  • geos
  • h5py
  • hdf5
  • jdcal
  • jpeg
  • libpng
  • libpq
  • libpython
  • libtiff
  • matplotlib
  • mingw
  • mkl
  • netcdf4
  • networkx
  • numpy
  • openpyxl
  • openssl
  • pandas
  • pil
  • polite
  • psycopg2
  • pyopengl
  • pyparsing
  • pypower
  • pyproj
  • pyqt
  • python-dateutil
  • python
  • pytest
  • pytz
  • pywin32
  • pyyaml
  • qt
  • scikit-learn
  • scipy
  • setuptools
  • shapely
  • sip
  • six
  • sqlalchemy
  • tk
  • utm
  • vc
  • xarray
  • xlrd
  • xlwt
  • zlib


Once all the dependencies are installed this package can be installed from a Windows Command Prompt as follows:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
python bootstrap
python install

The bootstrap command converts the QtDesigner files found in the "designer" directory into PyQt source code and places them within the package.


The package comes with a small pytest test suite. Following installation of pytest, the test suite can be run using:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
py.test tests


A batch script is provided within the source code to shortcut the installation and testing process. It can be run as follows:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
winmake.bat bootstrap

The script can also be used to run the tests without installation:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
winmake.bat test

Or to skip the bootstrap stage:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
winmake.bat install

The above commands are also useful when developing the package.

PyQt Bug

If the bootstrap command fails, it could be due to a bug in the pyrcc4.bat file.

For the Anaconda python distribution, this file can be found in the "Scripts" directory of your environment. You have to change the contents of it to:

@echo off

"%~dp0\..\Library\bin\pyrcc4" %*


It is recommended to conduct development of dtocean-app or another dtocean-* package using the Anaconda installation technique described in the Anaconda Package section. This will pull all of the prerequisite dependencies so that the developer need only replace the package they wish to develop with a local version. The main application can then be run using the instructions in the Run the application (Anaconda) section using the updated code.

Package Uninstall

The process to remove a dtocean package installed using Anaconda is as follows:

activate _dtocean
conda remove --force dtocean-*

Here dtocean-* refers to whichever dtocean package is (or packages are) being developed and the "force" flag allows the package to be removed without also removing the upstream dependencies. This is important if a package that is a direct or indirect dependency of dtocean-app is being changed as Anaconda will want to remove it if the flag is not provided.

If developing without Anaconda, the "pip" package manager can be used to remove a package as follows:

pip uninstall dtocean-*

Development Version Install

A development version of a package can be installed as a "live" version. This approach will allow the immediate impact of any code change to be examined within the overall DTOcean application. To install the live package we use the "pip" package manager.

Firstly, activate your environment, if not active already:

activate _dtocean

If "pip" is not already installed, install it using conda:

conda install pip

Then, to install the development version of the package do:

pip install -e \path\to\dtocean-*

QtDesigner Files Bootstrapping

For some packages, including dtocean-app, another installation stage is required which is called a "bootstrap" stage. The bootstrap stage is only required where some external (non-python) files are translated into source code, prior to installation. In the case of dtocean-app "ui" files from QtDesigner are translated into PyQt code for drawing widgets.

To carry out the bootstrapping stage type:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
python bootstrap

This bootstrapping stage is only required on first installation or if the files in the "designer" folder have changed or if new files have been added or deleted. The converted files are placed into the dtocean_app\designer folder from where they can be imported for use in other parts of the code.

Note, only the file should ever be under version control in the dtocean_app\designer folder.

Please be aware of the potential PyQt Bug for which a solution is described above.

Manual Testing

Testing is an important part of development and a mix of manual and automated testing is used within DTOcean. The most basic test for dtocean-app or changes to its dependencies is to attempt to start the application with the development package installed.

First, ensure that the Anaconda environment is active:

activate _dtocean

The application is then started in the usual manner:


If the application fails to start but not output is produced, try running in debug mode:

dtocean-app --debug

Automated Testing

A small automated test suite is provided with dtocean-app. This test suite is written using the pytest framework and the tests for dtocean-app are found in the "tests" directory.

To run the tests, remember to start the environment if not already active:

activate _dtocean

Also, ensure that pytest is installed:

conda install pytest

The test suite can then be activated in two ways. Firstly, it can be invoked directly from the py.test command as follows:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
py.test tests

Alternatively the "winmake.bat" shortcut script can be used to invoke the tests:

cd \path\to\dtocean-app
winmake.bat test

Developers are encouraged to ensure all tests pass before submitting code to the official repositories. They are also encouraged to develop new automated tests for code that is changed or added. Code that is failing tests should not be submitted for inclusion in the official repositories.


The process and ethos for contributing to the official DTOcean repositories is detailed in the following blog post:

DTOcean Development: Change Management



DTOcean is open source software. Please see the LICENSE.txt file for the full text of the software licence.


The icons used with the graphical interface are source directly or derived from the following open source icon sets:

  • Crystal Clear (LPGL)
  • ScreenRuler Tango (GPL)