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Quick Start

Run the application:

make run

And open it in the browser at


This is built to be used with Python 3. Update Makefile to switch to Python 2 if needed.

Some Flask dependencies are compiled during installation, so gcc and Python header files need to be present. For example, on Ubuntu:

apt install build-essential python3-dev

Development environment and release process

  • create virtualenv with Flask and Transcript Hero installed into it (latter is installed in develop mode which allows modifying source code directly without a need to re-install the app): make venv

  • run development server in debug mode: make run; Flask will restart if source code is modified

  • run tests: make test (see also: Testing Flask Applications)

  • create source distribution: make sdist (will run tests first)

  • to remove virtualenv and built distributions: make clean

  • to add more python dependencies: add to install_requires in

  • to modify configuration in development environment: edit file settings.cfg; this is a local configuration file and it is ignored by Git - make sure to put a proper configuration file to a production environment when deploying


If you are interested in an out-of-the-box deployment automation, check out accompanying cookiecutter-flask-ansible.

Or, check out Deploying with Fabric on one of the possible ways to automate the deployment.

In either case, generally the idea is to build a package (make sdist), deliver it to a server (scp ...), install it (pip install transcript_hero.tar.gz), ensure that configuration file exists and TRANSCRIPT_HERO_SETTINGS environment variable points to it, ensure that user has access to the working directory to create and write log files in it, and finally run a WSGI container with the application. And, most likely, it will also run behind a reverse proxy.


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