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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 a deployed staging instance of it here.

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.

Installing... just to try it out

You can always:

$ pip install tahrir

Building a configuration file

Get a sample configuration file:

$ wget https://raw.github.com/ralphbean/tahrir/master/production.ini -O

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

  • host = yoursite.com
  • port = 80

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

  • tahrir.admin = "some super secret string used to login as admin"
  • tahrir.title = "just badgin' around"
  • tahrir.pngs.uri = /home/user/badges/pngs
  • tahrir.base_url = "yoursite.com"

Setting up the DB

$ initialize_tahrir_db tahrir.ini


$ pserve tahrir.ini

Reporting Bugs

If you find bugs in Tahrir or have ideas for enhancements, please report them at http://github.com/fedora-infra/tahrir/issues.


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) here: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts Make sure you have Python 2.7 or above installed in your system Then, install the Python version of virtualenvwrapper (in Ubuntu):

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

In Fedora, you can do the same by:

$ sudo yum -y 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/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh

You'll want to add the source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh to your bashrc.

Then, to set up Tahrir, follow these steps:

$ git clone git://github.com/fedora-infra/tahrir.git
$ cd tahrir
$ mkvirtualenv tahrir
(tahrir)$ python setup.py develop
(tahrir)$ initialize_tahrir_db development.ini
(tahrir)% pserve --reload development.ini

The pserve command should output "starting HTTP server on https://localhost:6543" Login to https://localhost:6543 in your web browser (Firefox) 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 by changing the value to "YOUR_FAS_USERNAME@fedoraproject.org" and login. You should now be able to see the admin view of tahrir in your local copy at http://localhost:6543/admin.

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 http://code.google.com/p/mingw-builds/downloads/detail?name=i686-mingw32-gcc-4.7.0-release-c,c%2b%2b,fortran-sjlj.zip&can=2&q= Extract the contents of this folder to c:\mingw

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

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


    Add the following lines to it:

  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-packagesA few other packages namely httplib2, may have to be installed the same way before the initialize_tahrir_db command can be executed.