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HomeControl RPC Server and Apps

Django project & apps that implement RPC services for the Home Control system.

See my blog post for extended description and design.

Additional Home-Control projects:


  • Django (developed and tested with v1.5).
  • For live audio recording, the A/C RPC app requires PyAlsaAudio library for Linux (not supported in Windows).
  • For signal energy graphing, the mic module requires matplotlib library (version >= 3.0).
  • For schema management and migrations (for development) - Django South (developed with v0.8).


As a Django project & apps, installation and deployment are not different than other Django projects.

  1. Clone the repository to the computer that will run the RPC app(s).
  2. Optionally, create a local_settings.py file in HomeControlRPC/HomeControlRPC to override settings from the generic settings file (feel free to use local_settings.py.sample as a suggestion).
  3. Run manage.py syncdb to initialize the DB (and create a super user).
  4. Set up your web server of choice to serve the Django site.
  5. Access the admin interface (e.g. at http://your-deployed-host/admin/) to configure the installed RPC apps (see the app-specific documentation for details on their configurations).
  6. Celebrate.

Available RPC Apps

Deployment Examples and Development Setup

Web Server Agnostic Deployment on Ubuntu 12.04

(tested with Ubuntu-Desktop-12.04.2-x64)

Install requirements:

  • Python and various dependencies: sudo apt-get install libexpat1 python-pip build-essential python-imaging python-pythonmagick python-markdown python-textile python-docutils
  • WARNING: Do not install python-django via apt-get on 12.04 - the default repositories has an old version...
  • Django: sudo pip install Django

Clone and configure the home-control-RPC project:

  1. cd ~
  2. git clone https://github.com/itamaro/home-control-RPC.git
  3. cd home-control-RPC/HomeControlRPC/HomeControlRPC
  4. cp local_settings.py.sample local_settings.py
    • Edit local_settings.py till happy.
  5. cd ..
  6. python manage.py syncdb
    • Create a super user

After setting up a web server to serve the Django site (see web-server-specific examples below), access the Django admin interface (e.g. http://localhost:8008/admin/) to configure the installed apps (see app-specific README's for further details).

Nginx+Gunicorn on Ubuntu Deployment Example


Local Development Setup in Windows

(my dev-env is Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64)

  1. Install Python, setuptools, pip, Git client (e.g. Git Extensions)
  2. pip install Django south nose django-nose mock
  3. Clone https://github.com/itamaro/home-control-RPC.git to your local workspace (e.g. C:\Users\<name>\Workspaces\home-control\home-control-RPC.
  4. Copy local_settings.py.win-dev-sample to local_settings.py in the HomeControlRPC\HomeControlRPC directory.
    • Edit it until you're happy.
  5. In command prompt, cd to C:\Users\<name>\Workspaces\home-control\home-control-RPC\HomeControlRPC
  6. python manage.py syncdb
    • Create super user.
  7. If you're using South: a. python manage.py schemamigration AC --initial b. python manage.py migrate AC c. python manage.py schemamigration cam --initial d. python manage.py migrate cam
  8. python manage.py runserver 8008

The home-control-RPC site is now available on http://localhost:8008/ - access /admin/ to configure app-settings, and hack away at the project.

You would probably also want to set up a local development environment of the home-control-web project in order to have a fully functional setup.

Please share interesting stuff you do!