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This covers installation from a release bundle. For information on installing
a development version, see
The release bundle has almost everything you need to get Pinax up and running.
The only things not included are Python itself, the Python Imaging Library
(PIL) and a database such as SQLite (which is included in Python 2.5+).
For more information on installing PIL, see
If you are on Mac OS X, make sure you have the Apple developer tools installed
before proceeding with Pinax installation.
Installing Pinax
Pinax makes use of Python virtual environments (or virtualenvs) to isolate
the various packages it uses from the rest of your system. Pinax comes with a
script that will create the virtualenv for you and install Django and the
various applications and libraries that make up Pinax.
To run this script, extract the release bundle, cd into it and run::
$ python scripts/ <path-to-virtual-env-to-create>
This will set up the virtualenv and install everything.
For example, if you wanted to create your environment in a directory parallel
to where you extracted the bundle you could run::
$ python scripts/ ../pinax-env
If you use virtualenvwrapper (which we recommend), this would become::
$ python scripts/ $WORKON_HOME/pinax-env
Activating the virtualenv
Any time you work on a project involving Pinax, you will want to activate
the virtualenv.
This is done with::
$ source <path-to-virtual-env-created>/bin/activate
or, in our example above using ../pinax-env::
$ source ../pinax-env/bin/activate
On Windows you would run::
$ ..\pinax-env\Scripts\activate.bat
With virtualenvwrapper, this becomes::
$ workon pinax-env
which you can run from anywhere on your filesystem.
Note that you will develop your Pinax-based project in a directory outside
your virtualenv. As long as the virtualenv is active, your project will have
access to all of the apps and libraries Pinax provides.
Starting a new Pinax project
The recommended way to start a new Pinax-based project is to clone one of the
existing projects. This is done via the ``pinax-admin clone_project``
command which you can run once you are in your Pinax virtual-env.
You can get a list of available projects with::
(pinax-env)$ pinax-admin clone_project -l
This will show you a list of projects that you can base your new project on.
Just as quick demonstration, let's start with the social_project. cd into the
directory you'd like to create your new project in and run::
(pinax-env)$ pinax-admin clone_project social_project mysite
This will create a new Pinax project called 'mysite' in your current working
directory. Lastly, let's get it running::
(pinax-env)$ cd mysite/
(pinax-env)$ python syncdb
(pinax-env)$ python runserver
Point your browser at http://localhost:8000/ and you should see the Pinax
default homepage!