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Study Buffalo

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The website and applications of the Study Buffalo.

What You Will Find

Hello, we are the Study Buffalo! We are excited to see you taking an interest in our project. This area is specifically the web hosting side of our projects. This website is currently created with the Django framework.


We strive to keep our projects accessible to all. Everything here is open source under the GNU Public License version 3. We are always open to discussing other licensing options, so please contact us if this is an issue for you.

Contact Us

You can always get a hold of us at,, or through GitHub itself.

Setting Up Development Environment

  1. Install Python 3.8:
  1. Install PostgreSQL (version 9.4 or higher is required). You will need to create an admin account to create the required databases. You may use whatever interface you wish to run SQL commands; the following instructions assume you are using a commandline interace tool, such as psql.
  1. Once PostgreSQL is installed you will need to create a database and user for Django. The following provides a minimal setup with some sane defaults (you may update the database_name, user, and password sections to whatever you prefer):

    CREATE DATABASE database_name;
    CREATE USER user WITH PASSWORD 'password';
    ALTER ROLE user SET client_encoding TO 'utf8';
    ALTER ROLE user SET default_transaction_isolation TO 'read committed';
    ALTER ROLE user SET timezone TO 'UTC';
    ALTER DATABASE database_name OWNER TO user;
  2. Install pipenv via command line:

    $ pip install pipenv
  3. Clone the github repository (

  4. In the /config/settings directory of the repo copy the .study_buffalo.env file and rename it study_buffalo.env

  5. If needed, update the variables in the study_buffalo.env file to use your database credentials and any secret keys/API details.

  6. In the root directory of the repository, run the Makefile install command to setup Django.

    You may setup the environment with no database content with the following command:

    $ make --file=Makefile install-development-fresh

    You may setup the environment with fixture content with the following command:

    $ make --file=Makefile install-development-fixtures
  7. You should now be able to run the Django development server. You can test this with the following command, which will generate output similar to below:

    $ pipenv run python runserver
    > Performing system checks...
    > System check identified no issues (0 silenced).
    > Django version #.#.#, using settings 'config.settings.development'
    > Starting development server at
    > Quit the server with CTRL-BREAK.
  8. If fixture data was loaded, the following user accounts will be available:

    • Admin Account: username = admin, email =, and password = admin
    • Basic User Account: username = user, email =, and password = user

    DO NOT use these accounts in a production environment.

Running development server

To start the development server:

$ pipenv run python runserver

Running Tests

To run tests:

$ pipenv run pytest

To generate coverage report:

# XML Report
$ pipenv run pytest --cov study_buffalo --cov-report xml

# HTML Report
$ pipenv run pytest --cov study_buffalo --cov-report html

Running Linters

To run linting:

# Run Pylint
$ pipenv run pylint study_buffalo/ config/

# Run Pycodestyle
$ pipenv run pycodestyle study_buffalo/ config/

Documentation Style

Docstrings are documented using the reStructuredText format. Details of this style can be found here:


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