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Open Humans Uploader


it's like Jekyll for Open Humans projects


This is a Django project that functions as a file uploader for individual Open Humans projects. It can easily be deployed to heroku and all the configuration can be done through your web browser once the project is deployed. A step-by-step guide can be found below

Deployment to heroku.

This is a 5-Step guide to get your own Open Humans data upload project up and running. It does not require neither programming nor command line experience.

Step 1: Click the deploy to heroku button above.

Log in into your existing heroku account or create a new one. (This Uploader is designed to completely work with the free tier of heroku, so you don't have to give them any payment details).

Step 2: Fill out the parameters that heroku asks you

(see screenshot below).

heroku asks you to give your app a name, for this demo we use ohuploadertemplatetest. Repeat this name below for the HEROKUCONFIG_APP_NAME. The second important parameter is the ADMIN_PASSWORD. You will later need this to connect your uploader to Open Humans and to customize your uploader. Once you have entered this information you click on deploy app and after a while you should get a success message.

If you have given ohuploadertemplatetest as the HEROKUCONFIG_APP_NAME your uploader should be available at

Step 3: Create your project on Open Humans

On Open Humans you can create a new project by clicking on create a new OAuth2 data request project.

Fill out the form and enter all the required information. The most important to make sure that your uploader will work is the Redirect URL, which will be set depending on your App name. If your app's main page is, then the REDIRECT URL should be

Step 4: Grab your Oauth credentials from Open Humans

Once you click on save in Step 3 you should come back to the list of all projects you are currently running. This should now contain your new project.

Click on the name of your new project and this new page you will see your CLIENT ID and CLIENT SECRET. This are the two missing bits of information that you will need to connect your new heroku Uploader app to Open Humans.

Step 5: Finalize your Uploader setup

You can now go to (replace HEROKUCONFIG_APP_NAME with the name you gave in Step 2) and use the ADMIN_PASSWORD you gave in Step 2 to log in.

Once logged in you will see a page that gives you all options to edit your template and make it work for your own project. As a most important, first step you should start by clicking Edit Open Humans settings. Here you can enter the CLIENT ID and CLIENT SECRET that you looked up in Step 4. Afterwards you can edit more things about your project like:

  • the Title & Description
  • the metadata used for the uploaded files
  • all the texts that should appear on your uploader website.

This last bit is done by writing Markdown formatted text right into the forms.

Local Deployment and Development

The Open Humans Uploader is written in Python 3.6+, uses the Django 2.0 framework and is designed to be ultimately deployed to Heroku. You will need some additional modules and packages to locally experiment with this uploader template or to develop it further. A full step-by-step guide that should work for Mac OS (and with minor differences for Linux) can be found in the


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