The Open Event Organizer Server to Manage Events
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Open Event Orga Server

The Open Event Orga Server enables organizers to manage events from concerts to conferences and meet-ups. It offers features for events with several tracks and venues. Event managers can create invitation forms for speakers and build schedules in a drag and drop interface. The event information is stored in a database. The system provides API endpoints to fetch the data, and to modify and update it. Organizers can import and export event data in a standard compressed file format that includes the event data in JSON and binary media files like images and audio.

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Please join our mailing list to discuss questions regarding the project:!forum/open-event

Our chat channel is on Gitter here:

Demo version

A demo version is automatically deployed from our repositories:


The Open Event Orga Server can be easily deployed on a variety of platforms. Detailed platform specific installation instructions have been provided below.

  1. Generic Installation Instructions
  2. Local Installation
  3. Vagrant Installation
  4. Deployment on Google Compute Engine
  5. Deployment on Google Container Engine (Kubernetes)
  6. Deployment on AWS EC2
  7. Deployment on Digital Ocean
  8. Deployment with Docker
  9. Deployment on Heroku

One-click Heroku deployment is also available:


Technology Stack

Please get familiar with the components of the project in order to be able to contribute.


External Service Dependencies

OAuth Social Authentication

OAuth is used to get information from Facebook and Google accounts, that enables users to sign in with their respective credentials:

  1. Google -
  2. Facebook -


Twitter feed integration is provided in the public event pages.

Required keys can be obtained from


It is possible to extend the functionality and offer images from Instagram in the event service.

Required keys can be obtained from

Google Maps

Google maps is used to get information about location (info about country, city, latitude and longitude).

Required keys can be obtained from

Media Storage - Local/Amazon S3/Google Cloud

Media (like audio, avatars and logos) can be stored either Locally or on Amazon S3 or on Google Storage.

  1. Amazon S3 Setup Instructions
  2. Google Cloud Setup Instructions

Emails - SMTP/Sendgrid

The server can send emails via SMTP or using the sendgrid API.

  1. SMTP can be configured directly at admin/settings
  2. Obtaining Sendgrid API Token.

Heroku API

If the application is deployed on Heroku, we use the heroku API to obtain the latest release and also to display the heroku.

Required token can be obtained from

Payment Gateways

For ticket sales the service integrates payment gateways:

  1. Stripe - Obtaining Keys.
  2. Paypal - Obtaining Credentials.

Data Access


The Open Event Orga Server exposes a well documented REST API that can be used by external services (like the Open Event App generators for example) to access the data.

API Documentation:

Import & Export


Open Event Orga server supports multiple formats as a valid source for import.

  • A zip archive with JSON (matching the API structure) and binary media files. Read more about this here.
  • The Pentabarf XML format is also supported as a valid import source. (Sample file).


The event data and the sessions can be exported in various formats.

  • A zip archive with JSON (matching the API structure) and binary media files. Read more about this here.
  • The Pentabarf XML format. (Sample file).
  • The iCal format. (Sample file).
  • The xCal format. (Sample file).


The system has two kind of role type.

  1. System roles are related to the Open Event organization and operator of the application.
  2. Event Roles are related to the users of the system with their different permissions.

Read more here.


Development Mode

To enable development mode (development Flask config), set APP_CONFIG environment variable to "config.DevelopmentConfig".

export APP_CONFIG=config.DevelopmentConfig

Model updates & migrations

When writing changes to models. Use migrations.

# To generate a migration after doing a model update
python db migrate

# To sync Database
python db upgrade

# To rollback
python db downgrade

When checking in code for models, please update migrations as well.


Clone the repo and set up the server according to the steps listed. Make sure you have installed are the dependencies required for testing by running

pip install -r requirements/tests.txt

Running unit tests

  • Go to the project directory and run the following command:
python -m unittest discover tests/unittests/
  • It will run each test one by one.

  • You can also use the following command to run tests using nosetests :

nosetests tests/unittests/

Running robot framework tests

  • Make sure you have FireFox installed
  • Start your local flask server instance.
  • Go to the project directory and Run the tests by using the following command.
robot -v SERVER:{server_name} -v SUPERUSER_USERNAME:{super_user_email_here} -v SUPERUSER_PASSWORD:{super_user_password} tests/robot

Change all the parameters inside {} as per your local server. The final command would look like:

robot -v SERVER:localhost:5000 -v -v SUPERUSER_PASSWORD:test_password tests/robot
  • Once the tests are completed, a report and a log would be generated at report.html and log.html respectively in your root directory.


Certain information is being logged and stored in the database for future reference, resolving conflicts in case of hacks and for maintaining an overview of the system. Read more about logging here.

Internalization (i18n)

Translation status

Open Event is being translated using Weblate, a web tool designed to ease translating for both developers and translators.

If you would like to contribute to translation of Open Event, you need to register on this server.

Once you have activated your account just proceed to the translation section.

Contributions, Bug Reports, Feature Requests

This is an Open Source project and we would be happy to see contributors who report bugs and file feature requests submitting pull requests as well. Please report issues here

Branch Policy

We have the following branches

  • development All development goes on in this branch. If you're making a contribution, you are supposed to make a pull request to development. PRs to master must pass a build check and a unit-test check on Travis
  • master This contains shipped code. After significant features/bug-fixes are accumulated on development, we make a version update, and make a release.


This project is currently licensed under the GNU General Public License v3. A copy of should be present along with the source code. To obtain the software under a different license, please contact FOSSASIA.