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PyCon 2017 Web Site

Built by the Caktus Consulting Group atop the Django web framework.

Rather than use this as the basis for your conference site directly, you should instead look at which was designed for reuse.

PyCon 2017 is built on top of Pinax Symposion but may have customizations that will just make things more difficult for you.

Installation instructions are in this README. There's more documentation at

Build status for develop branch:

Running the PyCon site locally

Developers can easily run the PyCon web application inside a virtual machine by using Vagrant. Once you have Vagrant installed on your computer, simply check out this project from GitHub and ask Vagrant to build its development machine:

$ git clone
$ cd pycon
$ vagrant up

On this first call to up that creates the virtual machine, Vagrant will go ahead and automatically perform all of the provisioning steps that the application needs. You can later re-run the steps if you want by typing vagrant provision. Provisioning may take a few minutes to complete, since it downloads Django and all of the libraries it needs.

When provisioning finishes, the PyCon application is ready to run. Simply SSH into the Vagrant machine and follow the instructions in the greeting that it prints out, which will recommend something like this:

$ vagrant ssh
(vagrant)vagrant@precise64:~$ cd /vagrant
(vagrant)vagrant@precise64:/vagrant$ ./ runserver

Finally, you should see the development version of the PyCon web site when you visit http://localhost:8000/ in your browser!

Running the PyCon web site in production

  • You will want to run the application on an Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04 host.

  • Create a new virtualenv and activate it:

    $ virtualenv env/pycon
    $ . env/pycon/bin/activate
  • Install the requirements for running and testing locally:

    $ pip install --trusted-host -r requirements/project.txt
  • Copy pycon/settings/ to pycon/settings/

  • Edit pycon/settings/ according to the comments. Note that you will have to edit it; by default everything there is commented out.

  • If you have ssh access to the staging server, copy the database and media:

    $ fab staging get_db_dump:pycon
    $ fab staging get_media

    Change pycon in that first command to the name of your local database.

    If you get Postgres authorization errors when trying the get_db_dump, find another developer who has access already and copy the ~/.pgpass file from their account on that server to your own account; it has the userids and passwords for the databases.

  • Otherwise, ask someone for help. We don't have a good way currently to get a new system running from scratch.

  • Create a user account:

    $ ./ createsuperuser
  • Edit pycon/settings/ to make sure DEBUG=False.

  • Add an appropriate ALLOWED_HOSTS setting (

  • Install lessc (Go to and search for "Server-side usage")

  • Pre-compress everything by running:

    python compress --force

    That will write compressed css and js files under site_media

  • Gather the static files:

    python collectstatic --noinput
  • Arrange to serve the site_media directory as /2017/site_media/whatever. E.g. site_media/foo.html would be at /2017/site_media/foo.html.

  • Arrange to serve the wsgi application in symposion/ at /, running with the same virtualenv (or equivalent). It will only handle URLs starting with /2017 though, so you don't have to pass it any other requests.

To run tests

Tests won't run from /vagrant inside the vagrant system due to shortcomings of the way Vagrant makes the host system's files available there. It's probably simplest to just do development directly on any Ubuntu 14 system.

python test

or try running make test or tox. (Yes, we have too many ways to run tests.)

Also, Travis ( automatically runs the tests against pull requests.

More documentation

There's more documentation under docs/.