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This website is managed by the PyLadies Tech and Infra team. If you would like to join as an official member, read more here! You can also join us in Slack, #project-tech-infra channel.

This website welcomes pull requests from anyone in the community.


Netlify Status

This is the source code for the website. It uses mynt, a static site generaton, and is powered by 🐍 Python 3.6 🐍!


Understanding the repo's directory layout

Before adding a new location or contributing to the pyladies website, it's helpful to understand a bit about the repo and its contents.

This is a general overview of the repo's root directory structure. requirements.txt, and .circleci directory contain code for installing dependencies, configuring the CircleCI service, and instructions for testing and deployment. The repo's root directory also contains the www folder. Most of the time, contributors will edit or add files in the www folder.

requirements.txt   # file with dependencies used by pip
netlify.toml       # file setting up netlify build commands
www                # directory which contains the content of the website
├── CodeOfConduct
├── _assets        # javascript, CSS stuff, and images go here
├── _posts         # contains blog posts written in markdown
├── _templates     # contains the base templates (html and Jinja2) used by the site
├── about
├── archives
├── blog
├── locations      # Use the config.yml file to add new locations or update location info
├── resources
└── sponsor

Setting Up a Development System

If you wish to add a location, new chapter, or make code changes, please review the next few sections. There are a few tasks to set up a development system:

Set up Python and a project directory

Linux, macOS

  1. Check that Python 3.6 is installed with python --version. If it is not installed, it can be downloaded at

    $ python --version
    Python 3.6.10
  2. (Optional) Learn the directory which this Python version is installed which python:

    $ which python

    You may see a different directory name which is fine.

  3. Create a directory for development mkdir pyladies-dev:

    $ mkdir pyladies-dev
  4. Change into the directory cd pyladies-dev:

    $ cd pyladies-dev
    # To check your current directory (`<YOUR_PATH>` will be different on
    # your system.)
    $ pwd



The process will be similar though the commands will vary slightly. Reference: Table of basic Powershell commands.

Create and activate a virtual environment

  1. From the pyladies-dev directory, install the virtualenv package:

    $ pip install virtualenv
  2. Create a virtual environment named pyladyenv:

    $ virtualenv pyladyenv
  3. Activate the virtual environment:

    $ source pyladyenv/bin/activate

    After activation, you should see (pyladyenv) above your command prompt.

Troubleshooting note (AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'X509_up_ref'): The error comes from PyOpenSSL. Either your OpenSSL is too old or too new. Try upgrading or downgrading OpenSSL and PyOpenSSL.

Fork and clone your pyladies repo

  1. On GitHub, fork to your own GitHub account <YOUR_GITHUB_USER_NAME> by pressing the green Fork button on the upper right of the screen.
  2. From the pyladies-dev directory, clone your fork to your machine using git clone:
$ git clone<YOUR_GITHUB_USER_NAME>/pyladies.git
Cloning into 'pyladies'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 47, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (47/47), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (29/29), done.
remote: Total 5877 (delta 22), reused 38 (delta 16), pack-reused 5830
Receiving objects: 100% (5877/5877), 39.73 MiB | 3.62 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (2922/2922), done.

You have successfully cloned your pyladies fork. 😄

Run the site locally

Troubleshooting note for some operating systems: Make sure you have headers for Python and libevent installed (e.g., on Ubuntu, python-dev and libevent-dev). Packages in requirements.txt are required for the website to build successfully with mynt.

  1. Change to the root of the pyladies repo (your virual environment should still be activated):

    $ cd pyladies
  2. Install dependencies using pip:

    $ pip install -r requirements.txt
    # You will see files being installed and this message at completion
    # It's okay if the versions differ slightly
    Successfully built hoep MarkupSafe mynt pathtools pycparser PyYAML watchdog
    Installing collected packages: argh, asn1crypto, six, pycparser, cffi, bcrypt, idna, enum34, ipaddress, cryptography, docutils, pyasn1, PyNaCl, paramiko, Fabric, hoep, MarkupSafe, Jinja2, Pygments, PyYAML, pathtools, watchdog, mynt
    Successfully installed Fabric-1.13.1 Jinja2-2.9.6 MarkupSafe-1.0 PyNaCl-1.1.2 PyYAML-3.12 Pygments-2.2.0 argh-0.26.2 asn1crypto-0.22.0 bcrypt-3.1.3 cffi-1.10.0 cryptography-2.0.3 docutils-0.14 enum34-1.1.6 hoep-1.0.2 idna-2.6 ipaddress-1.0.18 mynt-0.3.1 paramiko-2.2.1 pathtools-0.1.2 pyasn1-0.3.2 pycparser-2.18 six-1.10.0 watchdog-0.8.3
  3. Navigate into the pyladies/www directory.

    $ cd www
  4. Use mynt to generate and serve the website locally with mynt gen -f _site && mynt serve _site:

    $ mynt gen -f _site && mynt serve _site
    >> Parsing
    >> Rendering
    >> Generating
    Completed in 1.114s
    >> Serving at
    Press ctrl+c to stop.
  5. Copy the IP address provided once mynt has completed building the site. It will say something like >> Serving at Then paste the IP address into the URL bar of a browser window and load it to view the site.

Congrats on running the site on your machine 🎉 🐍

  1. (Optional: After making changes to the source code) To view any changes you make to the site code, type ctrl+c in the terminal to stop the local webserver. Then run the command from Step 5 again and refresh the browser window.

Note: It is important that when you create your virtualenv, do not create it in the same folder as the code you downloaded. The reason is that mynt will search the current directory for files to build and it looks for all folders that don't start with an underscore (which means it will find your virtualenv folder and error out).

To add a new PyLadies location to the PyLadies Website

Follow the instructions for setting up a development environment.

To add or edit a location, you will make changes to the config.yaml file found in the pyladies\www\locations directory.

YAML files are often used for configuration information. They can be fussy about spacing, indentations, and punctuation. It can be helpful when troubleshooting to use an online YAML validator to see if the file is correctly formatted. An example is YAML Lint though there are many others and some editors provide similar functionality.

An example of a location:

- email:
  external_website: true
  image: pyladies_berlin.png
    latitude: 52.52
    longitude: 13.38
  meetup: PyLadies-Berlin
  meetup_id: 4663512976
  name: Berlin, Germany
  organizer: Anett G.
  pro_network: Python Software Foundation Meetup Pro Network
  twitter: PyLadiesBer

Please note: if you wish to use the website field, you need to create an official website through the PyLadies Chapter Website repository. Otherwise you can skip that field.

For Unicode accents in some languages To use a Unicode accent in a YAML file, it's important to use the HTML entity character for the accent. The HTML entity can found be found in a table of characters.

For example, México will have the HTML entity M&eacute;xico.

To write a blog post

See for instructions and guidelines.

To contribute to the repository

See for instructions and guidelines.

To write a resource (more "sticky" than a blog post)

Collection of outside resources

If you want to add a bullet item to an existing subject matter, find the relevant post in www/_posts (file titled by it's general category) and add to the .md file. Please also update the date in the .md file. For instance, if you want to add another suggestion to text editors, the original file is: www/_posts/, and once you're done editing, it would be renamed to www/_post/

If there is a collection of resources that do not fit into our loosely-named categories, like "tools" or "tutorials", etc, then start your own in www/_posts/ and name the Markdown file with today's date, general category, plus the word "resources", like: You will also need to have the following at the top:

layout: post.html
title: "Your title here"
tags: [list, of relevant, tags]
category: resources

Your own resource

If you want to write your own resources, like Barbara's beginner workshop notes or Juliana's Mac setup, in addition to, you will need to add more items in the header portion, like so:

layout: post.html
title: "Your title here"
tags: [list, of relevant, tags]
author: Name, or blank/none
author_link: Twitter/Blog/etc or blank/none
category: resources, pyladies

Notice that pyladies and resources are required in for category.

Once done, save it in www/_posts/ with the date and title in the name of the file, like so:

To find this resource online, you would navigate to[your_post_name]

For Organizers

Registering your PyLadies Chapter and onbtaining a website

Once you have obtained an official PyLadies Google account you should:

  1. Register your PyLadies Chapter to the Chapter Directory as active, we use this to populate the chapter options for members when registering as well as populate the PyLadies chapter map.
  2. Get started on building your PyLadies website, read the directions on the PyLadies Chapter Website repo.

Questions? Make sure to join us in Slack at and ask to join the #organizers channel!


License: MIT License


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