Installing thumbor is really easy because it supports the distutils form of packaging (http://docs.python.org/distutils/setupscript.html).
The latest stable version of thumbor is always published in the Python
Package Index (http://pypi.python.org/pypi), so it can be easily
pip install thumbor or
Ubuntu/Debian using aptitude (apt-get)
There's now an officially supported ppa for thumbor if you are using aptitude.
To install using aptitude, add the following lines to your sources list:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thumbor/ppa/ubuntu <your release> main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/thumbor/ppa/ubuntu <your release> main
If you are using ubuntu 12.10 (quantal), it would be:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thumbor/ppa/ubuntu quantal main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/thumbor/ppa/ubuntu quantal main
Or you can add the repository to you sources list via the command line:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thumbor/ppa
After that just update your sources:
sudo aptitude update
And install using plain old aptitude install:
sudo aptitude install thumbor
A service will be created for you that gets started when the machine starts up (using upstart).
By default thumbor will be disabled. Open
change (or remove) the flag
1 or use the command
sudo service thumbor start force=1 (force_start=1 for
thumbor<3.7.0) to temporarily start thumbor. You can also override other
defaults like the location of the configuration file by editing
The configuration for thumbor will be at
/etc/thumbor.conf and the
security key at
/etc/thumbor.key. There will be one instance running
If you want to run many instances of thumbor you'll need to run it in many ports. That means you'll need to use some form of load balancing (NGINX, Apache, Varnish, Haproxy, etc).
Running many instances of thumbor is as simple as editing
/etc/default/thumbor and changing the
port key to as many ports
as you want, comma-separated:
If you need more detail head to https://launchpad.net/~thumbor/+archive/ppa.
From the source of a stable release
Download the latest stable source-code version here on github or Pypi and decompress it.
In the path you decompressed, execute
pip install . or
python setup.py install.
From the latest version of the source
Clone thumbor's repository and install it using one of the following:
pip install git+git://github.com/thumbor/thumbor.git
git clone git://github.com/thumbor/thumbor.git cd thumbor python setup.py install
Works on Ubuntu 12.04 x32, except webp detection with opencv doesn't seem to work :(
apt-get install ffmpeg libjpeg-dev libpng-dev libtiff-dev libjasper-dev libgtk2.0-dev python-numpy python-pycurl webp python-opencv python-dev python-pip pip install thumbor