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DEPRECATED - Please consider using openpolis/django-popolo instead

NOTE: Development on PopIt has stopped and it is no longer being maintained. Please read the announcement to find out more.

PopIt Django App

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A Django app that makes it easy to locally store and use data from one or more PopIt API instances.

What is PopIt and PopIt-API?

PopIt is a project from mySociety that aims to make it really simple to store and share data on people such as politicians, organisations such as parliaments and political parties, and the posts and memberships that link the people to the organisations.

The PopIt-API is a self standing server that provides a HTTP REST API to read and write this data. It is a separate codebase to this one.

This Django app lets you fetch data from several PopIt-APIs and store it locally in your Django project so that you can use all the power of the Django ORM to query the data. There are also management commands that make it easy to fetch the latest updates from the PopIt-API.

It will also let you store your own data in the same models so that you can add to the data from the PopIt-APIs. In time it should be possible to push this local data out to a PopIt-API so that it is easy for others to reuse.

WARNING - Alpha code

This is alpha code and subject to frequent and backwards incompatible change. Feel free to experiment but do not use in production until this message is removed.

This code is a work in progress - it is probably not useful to you yet. Please see the file for possible future additions and the current issues for more immediately planned work.

Installing and configuring

Please install popit-django from PyPI. You should also add it to your project's requirements.txt.

pip install popit-django --use-mirrors

In your add south and popit to your INSTALLED_APPS (popit uses South to manage database migrations so make sure it comes first).

    # ...
    # ....

Setup the database:

python syncdb
python migrate

Now create a popit.models.ApiInstance entry and fetch all the documents from that API instance:

python popit_retrieve_all

Database notes

For some of the referential integrity we use a UNIQUE INDEX to prevent duplicates on values that are NOT NULL. This is known to work with Postgres and SQLite, but other databases may have issues. See the PopItURLField class in popit/ for more details.


If you want to contribute to the development of popit-django that would be great, we aim to be responsive to pull requests. These instructions should get you a dev environment set up.

To run the tests you'll need a local PopIt-API instance that can be deleted. This will be installed for you by the start_local_popit_api.bash script, but it requires the following:

  • MongoDB for the PopIt-API instance. Should
    allow anonymous access and db creation (the default).
  • Node.js installed.
# get the code (you might want to clone your fork instead)
git clone
cd popit-django

# Set up virtual environment
virtualenv --no-site-packages .venv
. .venv/bin/activate

# Install the python dependencies
pip install -r requirements.txt --use-mirrors

# Install (if needed) and start the popit-api server

# Run the tests
./ test popit