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Private file hosting with python/nginx

Differences from upstream

  • Fixed a few instances where page redirects would take you to the local IP of the instance, which obviously isn't connectable from outside.
  • Removed most hardcoded branding and moved it to config strings.
  • Switched to simplex bootstrap theme
  • Some minor style fixes
  • Improvements to administration with some cli scripting
  • Removed the anime branding and replaced with a more sfw icon
  • Being able to delete files from the web interface

Running the site

Quick overview:

  1. Install dependencies
  2. Set up dependencies
  3. Clone the repository
  4. Configure the site
  5. Compile static assets
  6. Set up SQL
  7. Deployment

Install the dependencies

You'll need these things

  • Python 3 (python)
  • PostgreSQL (postgresql)
  • scss (ruby-sass)

The following ubuntu/debian packages would also be useful/required for some pip dependencies, equivalents should exist on your system

apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python3-dev

Clone the repository

Find a place you want the code to live.

$ git clone git://
$ cd

Python dependencies I recommend using a virtual environment to host the sites dependencies and run it out of there

virtualenv -p python3 venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt

The provided systemd files assume that the site is hosted in a virtualenv named venv

Set up services

I'll leave you to set up PostgreSQL however you please. Prepare a connection string that looks like this when you're done:


We need to be able to create/alter/insert/update/delete in the database you give it.

Configure the site

$ cp alembic.ini.example alembic.ini
$ cp config.ini.example config.ini

Edit config.ini and alembic.ini to your liking.

Compile static assets

$ make

Run this again whenever you pull the code.


What you do from here depends on your site-specific configuration. If you just want to run the site for development, run


To run it in production, you probably want to use gunicorn behind an nginx proxy. There's a sample nginx config in the configs/ directory here, but you'll probably want to tweak it to suit your needs. Here's how you can run gunicorn, put this in your init scripts:

gunicorn app:app -b

Note: you may have to install gunicorn first with

pip install gunicorn

The -b parameter specifies an endpoint to use. You probably want to bind this to localhost and proxy through from nginx. I'd also suggest blocking the port you choose from external access. It's not that gunicorn is bad, it's just that nginx is better.

When running in a production enviornment, run python at least once and then read the SQL stuff below before you let it go for good.

nginx configuration is available in nginx/, modify it to suit your environment. nginx is required to run this website properly.

Becoming an admin and bootstrapping initial user

You can become an admin with the management cli script

$ cd /path/to/
$ python user create {yourusername} {password} {emailaddress}
$ python admin promote {youruser}

SQL Stuff

We use alembic for schema migrations between versions. The first time you run the application, the schema will be created. However, you need to tell alembic that you're already on the latest version

$ cd /path/to/
$ bin/activate
$ bin/alembic -c alembic.ini stamp head

Congrats, you've got a schema in place. Run alembic upgrade head after pulling the code to update your schema to the latest version. Do this before you restart the site.


You can customize the appearance of the site with template overrides. Create a directory called overrides and copy templates from the templates directory into overrides. Modify them as you see fit, they will be used instead of the version from templates.