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Firefox Input

Firefox Input is a Django-based web application to gather user feedback from the Mozilla Firefox beta testing program.

For project goals, specifications, etc., check out the Reporter Wiki Page.

Getting Started


You need Python 2.6. Also, you probably want to run this application in a virtualenv environment.


easy_install pip

followed by

pip install -r requirements/prod.txt -r requirements/compiled.txt

to install the required Python libraries.


For searching, we use Sphinx. Set up an instance of it, and adjust the SPHINX_* settings in to match your setup. There are three management commands to go with it:

  • start_sphinx starts the sphinx daemon
  • stop_sphinx stops it
  • update_index updates the search index (see below)


Put your database settings in

    from settings import *

    # ...

        'default': {
            'ENGINE': 'mysql',
            'NAME': 'firefox_input',
            'USER': 'root',
            'PASSWORD': '',
            'HOST': 'localhost',
            'PORT': '',
            'OPTIONS': {'init_command': 'SET storage_engine=InnoDB',
                        'charset' : 'utf8',
                        'use_unicode' : True,

To initialize the database, run:

./ syncdb

and to fetch the initial product details data, run:

./ update_product_details

Finally, to initialize the search index, run:

./ update_index

The Internet has plenty of of documentation on setting up a Django application with any web server. If you need a wsgi entry point, you can find one in wsgi/reporter.wsgi.

Cron jobs

There are two jobs you want to run periodically:

./ update_product_details  # Mozilla Product Details update
./ update_index -r         # update and rotate search index

The frequency is up to you, but you probably want to run the search index updates relatively frequently, while the product details can wait a little longer.


This software is licensed under the Mozilla Tri-License:

Version: MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1

The contents of this file are subject to the Mozilla Public License Version
1.1 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with
the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" basis,
WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License
for the specific language governing rights and limitations under the

The Original Code is Firefox Input.

The Initial Developer of the Original Code is Mozilla.
Portions created by the Initial Developer are Copyright (C) 2010
the Initial Developer. All Rights Reserved.

  Frederic Wenzel <>

Alternatively, the contents of this file may be used under the terms of
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