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Hack It Framework

Hack It Framework is the framework behind the Hack It and Solve It competitions at Euskal Encounter, Gipuzkoa Encounter, and Araba Encounter.


Hack It Framework is built using Python 2 and Flask, with SQLAlchemy, WTForms, and passlib. PostgreSQL and flup are also needed when running in production.

On Gentoo Linux, you need the following dependencies to run the application in development mode:

  • dev-python/flask
  • dev-python/flask-sqlalchemy
  • dev-python/flask-wtf
  • dev-python/passlib

To run it in production mode, you'll need these too:

  • dev-db/postgresql-base
  • dev-db/postgresql-server
  • dev-python/psycopg
  • dev-python/flup

To run the app in development mode, install all required dependencies and then run:

$ python2 createdb
$ python2

This will create an empty SQLite database named hackit.db and start listening on localhost:5000. You will see debug info printed to your terminal as you access the site.

To run the app in production mode, create a suitable (make sure you follow the guidelines mentioned in the comments in the example config). You'll need a FastCGI web server and process manager (nginx and spawn-fcgi are recommended). Point your process manager at the hackit.fcgi executable. Before running the server, create the database by running python2 createdb as the same user that the server will run as.

Building levels

Levels are held in subfolders of the levels folder, and referenced by There are two example levels provided, a simple one and a more complex one. Levels are really just syntactic sugar for Flask Blueprints with a bunch of globals pre-seeded into the module namespace, together with a Jinja2 template, so you can use pretty much any Flask feature (and you can import additional modules).


Currently the UI is largely in Spanish (no i18n support is present), so you will have to translate all the strings manually if you want to use the framework in another language. Pull requests to add proper i18n support are welcome (in particular for strings hardcoded in .py files; HTML templates should be easy to deal with by just having language-specific child templates). The goal would be to have the default/core language be English with a Spanish i18n resource file, in that case.


Copyright 2010-2014 Hector Martin "marcan" (
Copyright 2010 Freddy Leitner "Digital Dreamer" (

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