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A web-based workshop administration application built using Django.
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AMY is a web-based workshop administration application for The Carpentries and related projects. Its target audience is workshop coordinators, most of whom are non-programmers, who need to keep track of what workshops are being arranged, when they're supposed to occur, who's teaching what, and so on.

AMY is built using Django with Python 3, with a bit of Javascript and other things thrown in. If you would like to help, please read:

Please check with us or open an issue before starting work on new features.

Getting Started

  1. Clone the repository:

    $ git clone
    $ cd amy
  2. Install Django and other dependencies:

    $ python -m pip install --user -r requirements.txt

    If you're experienced Python programmer, feel free to create a Python3-compatible virtualenv for AMY and install dependencies from requirements.txt.

  3. Install yarn, the tool that manages AMY's JavaScript and CSS dependencies. You can install it here.

  4. Set up your local database with fake (development-ready) data with:

    $ make dev_database
  5. Create an administrator account:

    $ python3 createsuperuser
  6. Start a local Django development server by running:

    $ make serve

    Note: this also installs front-end dependencies for AMY, including jQuery and Bootstrap (full list here).

  7. Open in your browser and start clicking.

    Use the administrator account that you created.


  1. Update the code:

    1. Get the list of changes:

      $ git fetch
    2. Look for the newest tag:

      $ git tag -n
    3. Get the code from the newest tag:

      $ git checkout tags/<tag_name>
  2. Update dependencies front-end and back-end dependencies:

    $ make upgrade
  3. (Optional) make fresh development-ready database:

    $ make dev_database
  4. Run database migrations:

    $ python3 migrate
  5. Enjoy your new version of AMY:

    $ make serve
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