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Ptah is a fast, fun, open source high-level Python web development environment. Ptah is built on top of the Pyramid web framework. Ptah's goal is to make developing interactive web sites and applications fun. Ptah aims to fill a void in the Pyramid eco-system, a "full stack" environment which is well integrated and provides opinions (forms, management ui, models, etc).

Ptah is loosely affiliated with the Pyramid, Django, Drupal and Zope/Plone communities.

Most documentation requires Ptah 0.3 or greater.

You can read the ptah documentation on-line at


  • Python 2.6+ or Python 3.2+
  • virtualenv

Note for Windows Users

On Windows virtualenv/bin will be virtualenv/Scripts besides this difference everything else below is the same.

Grab the release

If you do not want to faff about with source, cloning repos, etc. Just grab the latest released version of ptah.

$ /path/to/virtualenv/bin/pip install ptah

Ptah from source

If you want the latest and greatest you need to grab code from source.

clone ptah from github and then install it:

$ /path/to/virtualenv/bin/python develop

then run the tests:

$ /path/to/virtualenv/bin/python test

An empty project

Let's generate a empty project using the ptah_starter scaffolding. You can start from there:

/path/to/virtualenv $ bin/pcreate -t ptah_starter myapp
/path/to/virtualenv $ cd myapp
/path/to/virtualenv/myapp $ ../bin/python develop
/path/to/virtaulenv/myapp $ ../bin/pserve settings.ini --reload

Open your browser to http://localhost:6543/ if you want examples that do more such as demonstrating editing models and authentication. Check out the examples.


There are several example applications ready for you to install and see Ptah in action. You can find them in the examples repository at github.

Support and Documentation

Ptahproject google groups/mailing list, Ptahproject Google Groups

On irc, use the freenode network and find us on channels, #ptahproject and #pyramid.

Documentation can be found in docs directory. You can also see it online at

Report bugs at Ptahproject @ Github

Known Issues

On some versions of Ubuntu you may get Python 2.7 exiting stating it has "Aborted." There is a bug in ctypes on that particular Ubuntu platform.


Ptah is offered under the BSD3 license.


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