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README.rst

OpenSlides

I. What is OpenSlides?

OpenSlides is a free web-based presentation and assembly system for displaying and controlling of agenda, motions and elections of an assembly. See http://openslides.org/ for more information.

II. Requirements

OpenSlides runs everywhere where Python is running (for example on GNU/Linux, Mac or Windows (XP or newer)). On each client you need only an actual webbrowser.

III. Installation

Installation on GNU/Linux or Mac OS X

  1. Check requirements

    Make sure that you have installed Python Programming Language 3 (>= 3.3) on your system. You will also need the Python development headers.

    For example for Ubuntu run:

    $ sudo apt-get install python3-dev
    
  2. Setup a virtual environment with Virtual Python Environment builder (optional)

    You can setup a virtual environment to install OpenSlides as non-root user. Make sure that you have installed Virtual Python Environment builder on your system.

    For example for Ubuntu run:

    $ sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv
    

    Create your OpenSlides directory, change to it, setup and activate the virtual environment:

    $ mkdir OpenSlides
    $ cd OpenSlides
    $ virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3 .virtualenv
    $ source .virtualenv/bin/activate
    
  3. Install OpenSlides

    To use the Python Package Index (PyPI) simply run:

    $ pip install openslides
    

    You can also use the package from the OpenSlides Website. Download latest OpenSlides release as compressed tar archive and run:

    $ pip install openslides-x.x.tar.gz
    

    OpenSlides will install all required python packages (see requirements_production.txt).

Installation on Windows

Note: There is a portable version of OpenSlides for Windows which does not required any install steps. If there is a reason that you can not use the portable version you should observe the following install steps.

  1. Check requirements

    Make sure that you have installed Python Programming Language 3 (>= 3.3) and Setuptools on your system.

    1. Download and run the Python 32-bit MSI installer. Note that the 32-bit MSI installer is required even on a 64-bit Windows system. If you use the 64-bit MSI installer, step 3 of this instruction will fail unless you installed the package reportlab manually.
    2. Add python directories to PATH (via Control Panel > System > Advanced): ";C:\\Python34;C:\\Python34\\Scripts". Note that the path can differ if you customized the install of Python in the first step.
    3. Download and run (via double click) the last install script ez_setup.py for Setuptools.
  2. Setup a virtual environment with Virtual Python Environment builder (optional)

    You can setup a virtual environment to install OpenSlides as non-root user. Make sure that you have installed Virtual Python Environment builder on your system.

    To install Virtual Python Environment builder, open command line (cmd) and run:

    > easy_install https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/v/virtualenv/virtualenv-12.0.5.tar.gz
    

    Create your OpenSlides directory, change to it, setup and activate the virtual environment:

    > md OpenSlides
    > cd OpenSlides
    > virtualenv .virtualenv
    > .virtualenv\Scripts\activate
    
  3. Install OpenSlides

    To use the Python Package Index (PyPI) simply run on command line (cmd):

    > easy_install openslides
    

    You can also use the package from the OpenSlides Website. Download latest OpenSlides release as compressed tar archive and run:

    > easy_install openslides-x.x.tar.gz
    

    OpenSlides will install all required python packages (see requirements_production.txt).

IV. Start

To start OpenSlides simply run on command line:

openslides

If you run this command the first time, a new database and the admin account (Username: admin) will be created. Please change the password (Password: admin) after first login!

OpenSlides will start using the integrated Tornado webserver. It will also try to open the webinterface in your default webbrowser. The server will try to listen on the local ip address on port 80 or port 8000 if you do not have admin permissions. That means that the server will be available to everyone on your local network (at least for commonly used network configurations).

If you use a virtual environment (see install instructions, step 2), do not forget to activate the environment before restart after you have closed the terminal.

For Unix and Mac OS X run:

$ source .virtualenv/bin/activate

For Windows run:

> .virtualenv\Scripts\activate

To get help on the command line options run:

openslides --help

V. Development

If you want to join us developing OpenSlides, have a look at GitHub or write an email to our mailing list.

Installation and start of the development version

  1. Check requirements

    You need to have Python 3 (>=3.3), Node.js (>=0.10) and Git installed. See also step 1 in the correspondent instruction in section III.

  2. Get OpenSlides source code

    Clone current master version from OpenSlides' GitHub repository:

    cd ...  # Go to a nice place in your filesystem.
    git clone https://github.com/OpenSlides/OpenSlides.git
    cd OpenSlides
    
  3. Setup and activate a virtual environment with Virtual Python Environment builder (optional)

    Follow step 2 in the correspondent instruction in section III.

  4. Install all required Python packages

    For Unix and Mac OS X run:

    $ pip install -r requirements.txt
    

    For Windows run:

    > easy_install  # Insert all packages from requirements.txt and requirements_production.txt here
    
  5. Install all npm and bower packages

    For Unix and Mac OS X run:

    $ npm install
    $ node_modules/.bin/bower install
    

    For Windows run:

    > npm install
    > node_modules\.bin\bower install
    
  6. Concat and copy all third party JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets libraries

    For Unix and Mac OS X run:

    $ node_modules/.bin/gulp
    

    For Windows run:

    > node_modules\.bin\gulp
    
  7. Create a development settings file

    Use the command-line interface:

    python manage.py create-dev-settings
    
  8. Start OpenSlides

    Use the command-line interface:

    python manage.py start --settings settings.py
    

    To get help on the command-line options run:

    python manage.py --help
    

Coding Style

You can find some information on the coding style in the OpenSlides wiki.

VI. Used software

OpenSlides uses the following projects or parts of them:

VII. License and authors

OpenSlides is Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS), and distributed under the MIT License, see LICENSE file. The authors of OpenSlides are mentioned in the AUTHORS file.

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