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Helfertool is a Python3 and Django based tool that allows to manage the volunteers or staff for an event.

See for more information.


Please have a look at the admin guide in our documentation.

Environment for development

A Python virtual environment should be used for development, the necessary Python libraries are listed in src/requirements.txt.


Start the webserver for development:

cd src
python runserver

Now visit http://localhost:8000 with your browser.

Celery and RabbitMQ

When working on a part of the Helfertool that uses Celery, a RabbitMQ instance needs to be started:

RabbitMQ can be installed using Docker (note: the RabbitMQ server listens on port 5672 to every incoming connection, you should configure a firewall):

docker run -d --rm --hostname helfertool-rabbitmq --name helfertool-rabbitmq \
    -p 5672:5672 rabbitmq

The default settings in helfertool.yaml do not need to be changed.

Now start celery:

celery -A helfertool worker -c 2 --loglevel=info


The Helfertool tries to send mails to localhost:25 with the default configuration.

If you want to test the E-Mail part during development, you can start a SMTP debug server using this command:

python -m smtpd -n -c DebuggingServer localhost:1025

Additionally set the SMTP port to 1025 in helfertool.yaml:

The advantage of this method compared to the console backend from Django is, that you also see the mails sent in Celery tasks in the same window.


Copyright (C) 2018 Sven Hertle

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see