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Tahrir is Arabic for Liberation.

Tahrir is also a Pyramid app for issuing your own Open Badges.

The name is total overkill.

You can see Tahrir deployed in production here. The staging instance lives here.

(On the side, if you have ideas for new Fedora badges, you can file them on this Pagure project.)

The development team hangs out in #fedora-apps on freenode. Join and ask if you have any questions!

Installing... just to try it out

You can always:

$ pip install tahrir

Deploying for reals

It's packaged for Fedora and epel6. The authors use an Ansible playbook to deploy Tahrir in production.

You can find our repo here, our playbook here, and our tahrir role here.

Building a configuration file

Get a sample configuration file:

$ wget -O

Edit it to your liking. In particular you will need to change the following values under the [server:main] section:

  • host =
  • port = 80

And the following values under the [app:pyramid] section:

  • tahrir.admin = "comma-delimited list of admin email addresses"
  • tahrir.title = "just badgin' around"
  • tahrir.pngs.uri = /home/user/badges/pngs
  • tahrir.base_url = ""

Setting up the DB

Run the following command before starting the server:

$ initialize_tahrir_db tahrir.ini


Start the server like so (subsitute tahrir.ini with the .ini file you want to use:

$ pserve tahrir.ini

You can pass the --reload flag to this command to automatically restart the server in the event that the code is altered.

Reporting Bugs

If you find bugs in Tahrir or have ideas for enhancements, please report them at


If you'd like to contribute to Tahrir or just poke at the code, you can use the following instructions to set up a development environment.

Create an account on Fedora Account Systems (FAS) at Make sure you have Python 2.7 or above installed on your system. Then, install the Python version of virtualenvwrapper (in Fedora):

$ sudo dnf -y install python-virtualenvwrapper

In Ubuntu, you can do the same with:

$ sudo apt-get install python-setuptools
$ sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv
$ sudo easy-install pip
$ sudo pip install python-virtualenvwrapper

After installing virtualenvwrapper, you'll need to set it up for the first time:

$ export WORKON_HOME=~/.virtualenvs/
$ mkdir -p $WORKON_HOME
$ source /usr/bin/

You'll want to add source /usr/bin/ to your .bashrc.

Then, to set up Tahrir, follow these steps:

$ git clone git://
$ cd tahrir
$ mkvirtualenv tahrir
(tahrir)$ python develop
(tahrir)$ cp development.ini.example development.ini
(tahrir)$ cp secret.ini.example secret.ini
(tahrir)$ initialize_tahrir_db development.ini
(tahrir)$ pserve --reload development.ini

The pserve command should output "starting HTTP server on https://localhost:8000". Login to https://localhost:8000 in your web browser using your FAS account username and password. In order to make yourself an admin of the local copy of tahrir, edit the development.ini file and append to the tahrir.admin option. When you login, you should now be able to see the admin view of tahrir in your local copy at http://localhost:8000/admin.


Hacking with Vagrant

Quickly start hacking on tahrir using the vagrant setup that is included in the tahrir repo is super simple.

First, install Ansible, Vagrant, the vagrant-sshfs plugin, and the vagrant-libvirt plugin from the official Fedora repos:

$ sudo dnf install ansible vagrant vagrant-libvirt vagrant-sshfs

Now, from within main directory (the one with the Vagrantfile in it) of your git checkout of tahrir, copy the Vagrantfile.example file to Vagrantfile:

$ cp Vagrantfile.example Vagrantfile

Run the vagrant up command to provision your dev environment:

$ vagrant up

When this command is completed (it may take a while) start tahrir with the following command:

$ vagrant ssh -c"cd /vagrant/; pserve --reload development.ini"

Once that is running, simply go to http://localhost:8000/ in your browser on your host to see your running tahrir test instance.

Windows (32 and 64 bit versions):

For problems like:

c:\env\tahrir>c:\env\Scripts\initialize_tahrir_db development.ini
Error: pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound: simplejson


c:\env\tahrir>c:\env\Scripts\easy_install simplejson
Error: raise ValueError(str(list(result.keys())))
ValueError: [u'path']

Follow these instructions:

  1. Download and install mingw from,c%2b%2b, Extract the contents of this folder to c:\mingw.

  2. Download and install setuptools if not already present. This can be done by running from c:Python2x.

  3. Create a configuration file for distutils i.e. create a file distutils.cfg at the following location:


    Add the following line to it:

    [build] compiler=mingw32
  4. Now open command prompt and use easy_install to install simplejson:

    C:\env\tahrir>c:\env\Scripts\easy_install simplejson

This will install simplejson in Python2xLibsite-packages. A few other packages -- namely httplib2 -- may have to be installed the same way before the initialize_tahrir_db command can be executed.