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Pimp My Cause [Django]

Virtual Enviroment Setup

This allows you to install all the Python dependencies in a "box" so they are not globally installed and clashing with other projects.

  1. Install virtualenv: pip install virtualenv
  2. Install virtualenvwrapper: pip install virtualenvwrapper *You can skip this and use virtualenv installed in a step before directly, virtualenvwrapper allows for nice interfacing with virtualenv
  3. Source the virtualenvwrapper: source /usr/local/bin/ NOTE: To help do this automatically on every new shell you open add the line above to your .bash_profile or .bashrc
  4. Create a new env for the project: mkvirtualenv pimp

Clone the repo

  1. Get the code: git clone

Install Python dependencies

  1. Go inside the pimp-my-cause-django directory: cd pimp-my-cause-django
  2. Activate the virtual enviroment: workon pimp This will now ensure anything you install is within this environment.
  3. Install the requirements: pip install -r requirements.txt This will get all the Python dependencies.


  1. You will need to have Postgres installed and up and running. You can install it via:
    • Homebrew brew install postgresql
    • OR download the Postgres App
  2. Make sure the Postgres Server is up and running:
    • If using the App simply start the server from there
    • If using command line: brew services start postgresql
  3. Create a database locally for the project to run: createdb pimpmycause

GEO Spatial dependencies

This is used to allow us to store Spatial data about user locations and calculate distance between users. 12. Install all the Geo Django dependencies using Homebrew Bundle brew bundle If you can't use Homebew, you can install the dependencies mentioned in the Brewfile manually. Django GIS Intstructions 2. Install front-end dependencies:

`cd pimpmycause`
`npm install`

Running the project locally

  1. Go inside the django app directory: cd pimpmycause
  2. Run django server: python runserver
  3. Go to
  4. You may see a message that you have unapplied migrations. When you see this simply run the command below which will create any tables and fields in the database: python migrate

Front End changes

  1. Make css and javascript changes in the src folder
  2. Make any HTML changes in the Django templates located in pimpmycause/templates
  3. Use npm run watch to run webpack and watch for changes.
  4. You will have to reload the link after adding changes

Deploying to Heroku

  1. Create a Heroku Account
  2. Get added to the app in the Heroku Dashboard (ask a team member)
  3. In the terminal heroku login
  4. Within your project directory heroku git:remote -a staging-pimpmycause
  5. Once you are ready to deploy, from master branch you can run git push heroku staging make sure you have committed all the changes before running this and the git status is clean.
  6. Go to to view the live site.
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