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TorCMS Introduction


  • Checking torcms with pylint using default configuration (Under Debian Stretch), gets score greater than 8.4.


Flexible, extensible web CMS framework built on Tornado and Peewee, compatible with Python 3.4 and above. Using PostgreSQL with JSON extension as the database(postgresql-server >9.4).

pypi: The kernel of this CMS has been submit to pypi. https://pypi.python.org/pypi/torcms . Could be installed via:

pip3 install torcms


  • Build on Tornado, only with Web features, which made it is simple to use.
  • Markdown editor, make your HTML clean and clear.
  • Carefull desinged model for conents. Post, Info, Page, Wiki as default.
  • User roles for editing.
  • Full text search with Whoosh.
  • PostgreSQL 9.4 above, with JSONB, which makes the framework extensible.
  • Using XLXS, could be parsed by openpyxl, to define the schema of the database.
  • Access database via Peewee.
  • SASS sub-project for Style.
  • Last version of Jquery. And, Bootstrap as the default CSS framework.



Pull the codes.

git clone https://github.com/bukun/TorCMS.git

Requirement for the System

Under Debian/Ubuntu

# apt install -y postgresql-server-dev-all postgresql-contrib redis-server

Create the Database

Create the database, and user in PostgreSQL. The information should be used in the config.py file. And, create hstore extension in the database.

\set dbname torcms
CREATE USER :dbname WITH PASSWORD '131322' ;
CREATE DATABASE :dbname OWNER :dbname ;
\c :dbname ;
create extension hstore;

For Python

You should be under Python 3.4 or Python 3.5.

Install libs for Python 3.4 or 3.5,

cd TorCMS
pip3 install -r doc/requirements.txt

How to Run

Get the HTML for modules

$ cd TorCMS
$ git clone https://github.com/bukun/torcms_f2elib.git static/f2elib
$ git clone https://github.com/bukun/torcms_modules_bootstrap.git templates/modules

Edit the configiure.

$ cd TorCMS/
$ cp cfg_demo.py cfg.py

And, edit the cfg.py file.

DB_CFG = {
    'db': 'torcms',
    'user': 'torcms',
    'pass': '111111',

    'name': 'TorCMS',
    'host': "smtp.ym.163.com",
    'user': "admin@yunsuan.org",
    'pass': "",
    'postfix': 'yunsuan.org',

    'site_url': '',
    'cookie_secret': '123456',
    'DEBUG': False

The DB_CFG defines the items used for PostgreSQL.

Modify the meta information of the web application.

Modify the file in TorCMS/database/meta.

  • doc_catalog.yaml , which define the catalog of post.
  • info_tags.xlsx , which define the catalog of info.


python3 helper.py -i init

it will

  • initialize the PostgreSQL schema.
  • initialize the metadata in database.
  • the whoosh database would be initialized.


Run the web application,

python3 server.py 8088

Open web brower and navigate to .

The port should as be defined in config.py .

Enjoy it!

Helper Script

There are some helper scripts used in the programe.

Run the following command to list the different scripts:

python3 helper.py -h

Run the scripts with the -i switcher, we have used init to do something for initialization.

  • migrate : for database schema change.
  • edit_diff : send email for modification of the posts and pages.
  • sitemap : would generate the sitemap for posts and pages.
  • check_kind : to check if the kind of post is right.
  • check : generate the picture for the relationship of templates. For example:
python3 helper.py -i check templates/theme

would generate the picture for the relationship of the template files.

Unit Tests

First you should install nose with pip,

pip3 install nose

then run as follow:

nosetests -v -d --exe tester

with coverage (install with: pip3 install coverage ):

nosetests  --exe -v -d --with-coverage tester

Note: I alway writing code in the folder which is mounted by Debian in VirtualBox, so --exe.

Build the API documents

under TorCMS

sphinx-apidoc -F -o api_doc torcms

Editing api_doc/conf.py. Add the following line after import os.

sys.path.insert(0, os.path.abspath('../'))

That's OK. then generate the HTML documents. Under TorCMS:

sphinx-build -b html api_doc api_html

Publish to PyPi

First, build the distribution.

python setup.py sdist

Then, upload to the website.

twine upload dist/torcms-version.tar.gz

In Chinese

本 CMS 是使用Python 3.4,Tornado Web框架, Peewee,开发的。 此CMS系统原本用于云算笔记开放地理空间实验室(现合并到OSGeo中国中心)等网站, 后来慢慢将 CMS 从中抽取出来。

在网站设计方面,提出了文档(Post)、信息(Infor)两种对等的模型进行信息的组织。 这两种模型结构相似,分别用与网站的内容管理,以及应用管理。 其中应用管理,使用了PostgreSQL的JSON扩展,可以设计为App、分类信息、商城应用等。 这些可以在下面的应用中看一下。