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Quokka project

Flask and MongoDB powered CMS

quokka cms

Quokka is a flexible content management platform powered by Python, Flask and MongoDB.

You can use Quokka CMS to publish a blog, a web portal, intranet, document management system and you can install existing quokka-modules such as quokka-cart to create an e-commerce app or you can easily create a new quokka-module to fit your needs.

Quokka Dashboard (based in Flask-Admin)

quokka cms admin content dashboard

Quokka runs on Python 2.7 (Python 3 support is being developed)

See yourself

User '' and passwd 'admin' to login in to /admin

Get Quokka

Get Quokka Master and enter in to its root directory

git clone --branch master --single-branch
cd quokka

if you are cloning to contribute to the project just clone it without the "--branch=master --single-branch" part

Run Quokka

You have 2 options RUN LOCAL or RUN IN DOCKER


Install needed packages in your local computer

You can install everything you need in your local computer or if preferred use a virtualenv for Python


  • Quokka requires a MongoDB instance running to connect.

    1. If you don't have a MongoDB instance running, you can quickly configure it:

      • Download from here
      • Unzip the file
      • Open a separate console
      • Run it inside the MongoDB directory:
      ./bin/mongod --dbpath /tmp/

      WARNING: If you want to persist the data, give another path in place of --dbpath /tmp

    2. If you already have, just define your MongoDB settings:

      $ $EDITOR quokka/
      MONGODB_DB = "yourdbname"
      MONGODB_HOST = 'your_host'
      MONGODB_PORT = 27017
    3. If you have Docker installed you can simply run the official Mongo image

      cd quokka
      docker run -d -v $PWD/etc/mongodata:/data/db -p 27017:27017 mongo

O.S Requirements (optional)

  • O.S Requirements (for media conversions) you may need the following requirements on your operating system

    1. Ubuntu/Debian bash sudo apt-get install libtiff5-dev libjpeg8-dev zlib1g-dev libfreetype6-dev
    2. Alpine Linux bash apk add gcc python py-pip libjpeg zlib zlib-dev tiff freetype git py-pillow python-dev musl-dev

Python requirements

Install all needed python packages

activate your virtualenv if you want

pip install -r requirements/requirements.txt

Create admin user, sample data and run!

  • Initial data, users and running commands

    1. Create a superuser (required to login on admin interface)

      $ python accounts_createsuperuser
    2. Populate with sample data (optional if you want sample data)

      $ python populate

      credentials for /admin will be email: passwd: admin

    3. Run

      $ python runserver --host --port 5000


  • Run pre built docker images with everything pre-installed
  • You will need docker and docker compose installed in your machine
  • Once in Docker all data is stored behind quokka/etc folder

Install Docker and docker-compose

Ensure that local port 27017(mongo) is not being used on your computer

  • Run with docker-compose

    1. Easiest way is just running the following command in quokka root folder
    docker-compose up

    use -d on above to leave it as a daemon

    1. You can create a new admin user to login and start posting
    docker-compose run shell python accounts_createsuperuser
    1. Or populate with sample data (optional)
    docker-compose run shell python populate

    credentials for /admin will be email: passwd: admin

    1. You enter Quokka Shell (in a separate console) or run any other command in place of *shell
    docker-compose run shell python shell
  • Run standalone containers

    (each in separate shells or use -d option)

    1. run mongo container
    docker run -v $PWD/etc/mongodata:/data/db -p 27017:27017 --name mongo mongo
    1. run quokka web app container
    docker run -e "QUOKKA_MONGODB_HOST=mongo" -p 5000:5000 --link mongo:mongo -v $PWD:/quokka --workdir /quokka -t -i quokka/quokkadev python runserver --host
    1. run quokka shell if needed
    docker run -e "QUOKKA_MONGODB_HOST=mongo" -p 5000:5000 --link mongo:mongo -v $PWD:/quokka --workdir /quokka -t -i quokka/quokkadev python shell


Check, and scripts under /etc folder for deployment options or check documentation


Documentation is not complete yet, but is being written at:

If you want to help writing the docs please go to

Also there is a Wiki

NOTE: the content from wiki will be moved to /documentation


You can host a Quokka website in any VPS or cloud which supports Python and Flask + MongoDB access, a good option is to host the database in MongoLab if your hosting server does not provide Mongo.

python   flask   mongo  

Details and Features integration

Quokka has integration to short post urls. In quokka/ you can find the details of how to configure with your data. Check both items: SHORTENER_SETTINGS and SHORTENER_ENABLED. By default the shortener is disable, but you can change it putting True in the SHORTENER_ENABLED config.

Do not change file, use a or export QUOKKA_SHORTENED_ENABLED="@bool true" to your env


Why another CMS?

There is a large number of great CMS's in Python ecosystem (Plone, Opps, Mezannine, DjangoCMS etc), each one has its own patterns for extension development and theme management. A CMS can take a its role as "Product" or as "Platform" and for Quokka the idea is to play in both scenarios, The CMS should be easy to deploy, extensions and themes should be "drop-in", it should be easy to develop extensions and also it should use a "schema-free" database. Until Quokka there was no CMS filling all these needs.

Why Flask?

Because Flask is Pythonic! In my research + experience it is the best framework to develop applications which rely on "pluggable features" thanks to its Blueprints and Extension patterns, also Flask plays well with any DB/ORM of choice. (see next question)

Why MongoDB?

Because database scheme migrations are no-happy for CMS and a Quokka CMS must be always happy to work with, so no-schema-migrations is needed with MongoDB! and Mongo is the easiest, flexible and most suitable NoSQL for CMS, also there is excellent extensions for Flask (MongoEngine and Flask-Admin) which supports MongoDB!

Why the project is named "Quokka?"

Because it is the happiest animal in the world!


  • 1. Happiest animal in the world because they are known for how much they smile.
  • 2. They are marsupials
  • 3. They live on rottnest island named after quokkas because a Dutch guy thought they were large rats. Rottnest means "rats nest"
  • 4. They can climb trees
  • 5. Herbivores-they eat leaves,stems,grass,etc;
  • 6. They are nocturnal
  • 7. They can live for long periods of time, living off of the fat stored in their tails lol
  • 8. Females usually give birth once a year
  • 9. Quokkas are old enough to have babies at 1.5 years old!!
  • 10. Live 5-10 years
  • 11. Declining population—logging, pollution, killed by foxes,pet dogs, pet cats, humans,etc;😭😭
  • 12. They live in tall grass near water
  • 13. Btw if you meet a quokka don't feed it anything due to declining population because it could affect them
  • 14. Quokkas highest speed is 20mph
  • 15. They don't chew food.they just swallow it
  • 16. Closely related to the Rock Wallaby (in the picture^^^)
  • 17. Scientific name is Setonix Brachyurus
  • 18. Joey stays with mom for 35 weeks
  • 19. Quokkas recycle a small amount of their bodies waste products
  • 20. They create their own trails and paths to get food and runaway from predators.


This project is licensed under the MIT license, see LICENSE for more details.

This project adheres to the Open Code of Conduct. By participating, you are expected to honor this code.

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