Welcome to TheQube
TheQube is an accessible social networking client developed mainly for the blind and visually impaired users.
© Original idea and code by Christopher Toth
© Main fork implementation and various new features and bugfixes by Quartizer projects
© Currently developed and maintained by Andre Polykanine and TheQube Contributors.
Running TheQube from source
This document describes how to run TheQube from source and how to build a binary version.
To be able to build TheQube you need to install a few programs first. Most of them are included in the dependencies directory in the root of this repo. The only exception is Python. Download and install Python 2.7 32-bit. Be sure to add Python directory to your path during installation.
Dependencies included in the dependencies directory
- Durus version 3.9
- Python Imaging Library version 1.1.7
- Py2exe version 0.6.9 (required only if you want to build an executable version of TheQube)
- PyCURL version 7.19.0
- Pywin32 version 214
- WXPython version 188.8.131.52
Dependencies installed with pip
The rest of the needed packages could be installed with Python package manager called pip. Before using it is a good idea to update pip to the latest version with the following two commands:
python -m pip install --upgrade pip python -m pip install --upgrade setuptools
To make installation easier, all required packages are listed in the text file called requirements.txt. To install them move to the root directory of this repo, make sure that Python and Git are in your path and execute the following command:
pip install -r requirements.txt
When all of the above mentioned packages are installed, you can finally start TheQube. Move to the src directory of this repo and execute:
Alternatively you can start TheQube by simply pressing Enter on the main.pyw file as long as Pythonw is associated with .pyw files.
Building a Binary Version
A binary version doesn’t need Python nor other dependencies to run. To build it you need to install Py2exe included in the dependencies directory and two more packages with Pip by executing the following commands:
pip install packaging pip install appdirs
After that, from the src directory execute:
python setup.py py2exe
You will find the binaries in the dist directory.