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Student Webspace for AppEngine

What is Student Webspace?

In a nutshell, Student Webspace is a minimalistic hosting platform running on top of Google App Engine. I created it to allow my students to have some place to upload and host their assignments.

The app is designed to give you control over the user registration. New users must register using a valid secret CourseID code. Once they register they can upload any files into their account. Each file gets a unique URL such as:

How does it work?

The files are uploaded to Google's Blobstore database and the username and file name are used to find and retrieve them. I wrote a lengthy blog post explaining the nature of the app, it's specifications and development details.

Please note that you may need to enable billing to use Bloblstore.

The project uses GAE Sessions instead of Google's user management in order to allow anyone sign up for the service (not only users with Google accounts).


This app is provided as is, without any warranty. There are some serious bugs in it, and I haven't really got around to fix them. If you managed to iron these out, please let me know.

Deploying Student Webspace

Here are the steps you should take to successfully deploy your own version of Student Webspace:

  1. Open and generate your own security key. You can use mine, but you probably would want your own. See the comments in the file for instructions.
  2. Deploy your app to Google AppEngine
  3. Navigate your browser to to configure your first account
  4. Choose a password
  5. You will be automatically logged in as admin with that password.

Once you log in, you will notice that there is already a CourseID in the system. It will be something like ADMIN_XXXX where XXXX is a randomly generated number. You can use this CourseID to register new users, but I recommend creating a new one from the admin panel when you introduce this app to the class.

Note that this procedure won't work in ver 0.2 or lower. If you are running earlier version please upgrade.

Promoting a user to Admin Status

All accounts start as student accounts. Running the init procedure (see above) will create your first admin account. If you need more admins, you will want to add them manually.

  1. Go to the AppEngine console
  2. Click on DataStore viewer
  3. Find the WebSpaceUser value for the specific user
  4. Manually Change its type to admin.

There is no UI for this yet but I expect to have one ready in version 0.4.


(c) 2011 Lukasz Grzegorz Maciak
Student Webspace is licensed under Apache License Version 2.0.


A very basic application that allows users to upload files to Google AppEngine BlobStore and makes these files accessible with nice URL's.



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