Boilerplate setup for App Engine. Includes html5-boilerplate, OpenID, memcache, user preferences, and more
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AppEngine boilerplate with several out of the box goodies:

You can see the boilerplate live here.

This project is freely available under the BSD license, all code included is also covered by the BSD. You can do with it whatever you want!

OpenID Integration

User authentication with OpenID works out of the box, including a nice user interface with the openid-selector jQuery plugin (also used by stackoverflow).

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More infos about appengine and openid:


html5 boilerplate is a great base setup and toolkit for the frontend part of the project, including a build script which minifies and compresses html, css, javascript and images. The only modification to the standard html5-boilerplate is adding a few blocks to /static_dev/index.html: {% block header|main|scripts|footer %}

html5-boilerplate is located in /static_dev, and it's build script outputs an optimized copy to /static_dev/publish.

During development, /static is a symlink to /static_dev, in order to not having to rebuild for testing every change. Before publishing the project, run the html5-boilerplate build script and change the reference of /static to /static_dev/publish, to upload the optimized version. The script does that automatically for you (edit the script and set CMD_APPCFG to your local installation before using):

  • Asks if it should run the build process with ant minify
  • Changes the /static symlink to the production version
  • Waits for you to test and confirm
  • Uploads the app to appengine
  • Reverts /static to the development environment

You just need to do this:


This would be the manual steps:

# go into html5-boilerplate's build directory    
$ cd static_dev/build 

# run ant, which compiles an optimized version into static_dev/publish
$ ant minify

# go back into the main directory
$ cd ../../

# change reference of /static symlink to optimized version
$ rm static
$ ln -s static_dev/publish static

# Test the optimized version
# Publish to web with

# After publishing you can change back to static_dev
$ rm static
$ ln -s static_dev static