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The Django implementation of PermaBank is no longer under active development. We recommend taking a look at Sharetribe if you are interested in this kind of app.


See license.txt for copyright and licensing information.


PermaBank is a free/libre/open source application which facilitates exchange between users by enabling people to post their gifts and wishes.

It was developed by the Occupy Wall Street Tech Ops Working Group.

See the Wiki for more information.


These instructions assume that you have already installed git and Python. These instructions have been tested on Ubuntu, but should work on other Linux distributions as well.

sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev 
sudo pip install --upgrade pip 
sudo pip install --upgrade virtualenv
sudo pip install --upgrade virtualenvwrapper 
mkvirtualenv permabank
git clone
cd permabank
pip install -r requirements.txt
./ syncdb
(follow the prompts to create a superuser)
./ rebuild_index
./ runserver

... and you should have a running server at localhost:8000.

The login link will not work in a development environment, because it relies on a connection with's OpenID system. Instead, log in using the admin site - localhost:8000/admin.

Other problems you may discover indicate bugs and should be reported.


Bugs and feature requests should be reported to the PermaBank workstream at

There is also a PermaBank development Google Group.

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