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This is the main code repository for, a website for organising races online, with a focus on video games and speedruns.

Quick setup guide

If you're ready to start hacking the code, read on.

The recommended way to run a development environment is using Docker. You can download install Docker Desktop for your machine, which will allow you to spin up a full copy of the site in isolation, with all its dependencies fulfilled.

Make sure that Docker has the ability to share the repository directory with containers. On Docker Desktop, look for "Shared Drives" or "File Sharing" under settings to configure this.

Setup instructions

  1. Clone this repository.
  2. Copy project/settings/ to project/settings/
  3. Edit the file above and set your client credentials.
  4. Run npm install to grab JS dependencies (you'll need NodeJS installed).
  5. Start the environment with docker-compose up --build -d.
  6. Run docker-compose exec racetime.web python migrate to set up a database with migrations.
    • Note: you may need to wait a minute or two for the environment to be ready.
  7. (Optional) Run docker-compose exec racetime.web python createsuperuser to create a superuser account that you can log in as.
  8. (Optional) Run docker-compose exec racetime.web python fixtures to set up some basic data for testing purproses (e.g. users and race categories).
    • Users created by the fixtures command will have password pass.

The site will now be available to browse on http://localhost:8000, so take a look around!

You can watch the logs of all containers by running docker-compose logs -f, or by running docker-compose up without the -d (detatch) flag. Beware that if you do the latter then Ctrl+C will kill off the containers and stop your environment, so it's probably better to use something like docker-compose up -d && docker-compose logs -f.

Notes and caveats

Binding a different port number

The docker-compose.yml file attaches the web container to port 8000 by default. If you need to override this, create a docker-compose.override.yml file with the following contents:

version: '3.6'

      - "<LOCAL>:8000"

Replace <LOCAL> with whatever port number you'd like.

Expose the database port

If you'd like to use a fancy client app to browse the database, you can set up a docker-compose.override.yml file to expose the database port to your local machine:

version: '3.6'

      - "<LOCAL>:3306"

Replace <LOCAL> with whatever port number you'd like. The DB username, password and database name are all racetime by default.

localhost vs.

You should not use an IP address to connect to the website in your browser, as this is not compatible with the Twitch API. Always use http://localhost:8000 to access the server instead of


If you're developing on Windows, make sure to check out this repository with Linux-style line endings (LF not CRLF), in particular you need to make sure the Bash scripts in the .docker directory have the correct line endings or they will fail to execute.

Further information

The Wiki pages have some information that may prove useful to you. We also have a Discord server where you can discuss the site and ongoing developments, make suggestions and get involved: join the Discord server here.


All contributions are welcome to help improve the site. Whether you're good at coding, or designing, or simply want to spread the word, you can help us make racing and speedruns better for everyone. Join up to the Discord server if you want to get more involved!