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Faxcelerate is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of version 3 of the GNU Affero General Public License, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

Faxcelerate is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with Faxcelerate. If not, see <>.


Faxcelerate is a web interface for HylaFAX. It has been developed mostly as a tool for fax archival, searching and retrieval in a multi-user environment, but it also offers a quick interface for sending fax messages.


Beside a working installation of Hylafax, you will need:

  • Python 2.5 or later with virtualenv.
  • The Git version control software
  • a web server that supports WSGI (here Apache is shown as an example,

but you can choose your favourite one). - A database server, like PostgreSQL - The Django web framework -

In this case, on a Debian/Ubuntu system, you would run:

apt-get install python-virtualenv git libapache2-mod-wsgi
postgresql libpq-dev libjpeg-dev python-dev gettext

Some knowledge of the Django web framework is very helpful.

In this example we'll use the following paths:

  • /var/spool/hylafax for the HylaFAX spool directory;
  • /var/local/faxcelerate-env for Faxcelerate's virtual environment.
  1. Create the virtual environment by typing in a shell:

    virtualenv /var/local/faxcelerate-env
  2. Let the shell use the virtual environment:

    cd /var/local/faxcelerate-env
    . ./bin/activate
  3. Download and install the Faxcelerate source code:

    pip install -e git://

    Now the code will be in /var/spool/faxcelerate-env/src/faxcelerate; you will thus find:

    • the Django project faxcelerate rooted at /var/local/faxcelerate-env/src/faxcelerate/faxcelerate
    • the Django application fax rooted at /var/local/faxcelerate-env/src/faxcelerate/faxcelerate/fax.
  4. Create a database, if you are not using sqlite. For example, if you are using PostgreSQL:

    su postgres
    createuser -d -R -S -P faxcelerate
    echo "CREATE DATABASE \"faxcelerate\" OWNER faxcelerate ENCODING 'UTF-8'" \
    "LC_CTYPE='en_US.UTF-8' LC_COLLATE='en_US.UTF-8' TEMPLATE template0" | \
    LANG=en_US.UTF-8 psql

    You may want to change en_US to your configured locale.

  5. Edit the file in the project directory to suit your configuration.

    Be sure to:

    • change the database name to what you have set up in the previous step, and set DATABASE_PASS accordingly;
    • choose a path in FAX_CACHE_NAME_FORMAT that is suitable for your system.
  6. Remember to create the following directories:

    • senttiff inside your main HylaFAX spool directory (e.g. /var/spool/hylafax/senttiff);
    • the thumbnail cache directory as configured in your file (e.g. /var/tmp/cache/thumbnails).

    Both of these directories must be owned by your HylaFAX user (usually uucp on Debian systems).

  7. Now execute:

    cd /var/local/faxcelerate-env/src/faxcelerate/faxcelerate

    python syncdb

    to create and initialise the database. You will be asked for the superuser's username and password.

  8. Execute:

    DBINIT=1 python migrate
  9. Compile the localized message files:

    cd fax
    python ../ compilemessages
  10. Configure your web server to run the Django project. If you are using Apache, you can use the supplied apache/faxcelerate.conf file to configure a suitable virtual host, and the supplied apache/django.wsgi file to run the WSGI application. Please note that the software runs with the same UID/GID as HylaFAX.

  11. Edit bin/faxrcvd and bin/notify in your HylaFAX directory. This is needed to automatically file and index every processed incoming and outgoing fax message. In faxrcvd, right after the syntax check, you can add:

    /var/local/faxcelerate-env/bin/python /var/local/faxcelerate-env/src/faxcelerate/faxcelerate/bin/ "$@"

    In notify you can add:

    /var/local/faxcelerate-env/bin/python /var/local/faxcelerate-env/src/faxcelerate/faxcelerate/bin/ "$@"