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Pinax Command Line Interface

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About Pinax

Pinax is an open-source platform built on the Django Web Framework. It is an ecosystem of reusable Django apps, themes, and starter project templates. This collection can be found at



pinax-cli is a command-line interface for installing Pinax starter projects and learning more about the latest Pinax app releases.

Supported Django and Python versions

Django \ Python 2.7 3.4 3.5 3.6
1.11 * * * *
2.0 * * *



To install pinax-cli:

$ pip install pinax-cli


Invoke pinax-cli with $ pinax <cmd> using one of the following commands:

pinax apps

Show a list of Pinax apps with their release version in the latest Pinax distribution.

$ pinax apps

pinax demos

Show a list of Pinax demonstration projects with their release version in the latest Pinax distribution.

$ pinax demos

pinax projects

Show a list of Pinax starter projects and their release version in the latest Pinax distribution.

$ pinax projects
Release Project
------- ---------------
  4.0.4 account
  4.0.4 blog
  2.0.4 company
  4.0.4 static
  4.0.4 stripe
  3.0.4 waitinglist
  4.0.4 zero

pinax tools

Show a list of Pinax tools with their release version in the latest Pinax distribution.

$ pinax tools

pinax start <starter_project> <my_project> [--dev] [--location <path>]

Create a new project based on a specific Pinax starter project.

<starter_project> must be one of the project names shown by pinax projects.

The --dev flag tells pinax-cli to install the latest starter project code from the repository rather than the most recent release. Use this option if you require the latest version of a starter project.

The --location <path> flag tells pinax-cli where to create the new project. By default the project is created in a sub-directory named my_project.

Change Log


  • Restore support for Django 1.11 with Python 2.7


  • Drop support for Python 2.7 and Django < 2.0; require Python 3.4+ and Django 2.0+


  • Use Django v1.11 for project creation if installed Python == 2.7
  • Add usage examples, color, and sub-command short description to help
  • Add crayons and django requirements to


  • Fix post-start cleanup path references


  • Drop Python 3.3 support
  • Standardize documentation layout
  • Move documentation into
  • Convert CI and coverage to CircleCi and CodeCov
  • Add PyPi-compatible long description
  • Improve .gitignore


  • Add "apps", "demos", "themes", and "tools" commands.


For an overview on how contributing to Pinax works read this blog post and watch the included video, or read our How to Contribute section. For concrete contribution ideas, please see our Ways to Contribute/What We Need Help With section.

In case of any questions we recommend you join our Pinax Slack team and ping us there instead of creating an issue on GitHub. Creating issues on GitHub is of course also valid but we are usually able to help you faster if you ping us in Slack.

We also highly recommend reading our blog post on Open Source and Self-Care.

Code of Conduct

In order to foster a kind, inclusive, and harassment-free community, the Pinax Project has a code of conduct. We ask you to treat everyone as a smart human programmer that shares an interest in Python, Django, and Pinax with you.

Connect with Pinax

For updates and news regarding the Pinax Project, please follow us on Twitter @pinaxproject and check out our Pinax Project blog.


Copyright (c) 2012-2019 James Tauber and contributors under the MIT license.


a tool for easily instantiating Pinax starter projects (django templates)





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