This document describes the necessary steps to configure Patchwork in a development environment. If you are interested in deploying Patchwork in a production environment, refer to the deployment guide instead.
To begin, you should clone Patchwork:
$ git clone git://github.com/getpatchwork/patchwork.git
Patchwork provides a Docker-based environment for quick configuration of a development environment. This is the preferred installation method. To configure Patchwork using Docker:
.envfile in the root directory of the project and store your
$ echo "UID=$UID" > .env $ echo "GID=`id -g`" >> .env
Build the images. This will download over 200MB from the internet:
$ docker-compose build
To use Postgres instead of MySQL, give the
-f docker-compose-pg.ymlargument to
docker-compose. This is required on non-x86 architectures as the MySQL Docker images do not have multiarch support.
$ docker-compose up
This will be visible at http://localhost:8000/.
To run a shell within this environment, run:
$ docker-compose run --rm web --shell
django-manage commands, such as
$ docker-compose run --rm web python manage.py createsuperuser
To access the SQL command-line client, run:
$ docker-compose run --rm web python manage.py dbshell
To backup the database, run:
$ docker-compose run --rm web python manage.py dbbackup
Likewise, to restore an older version of the database, run:
$ docker-compose run --rm -web python manage.py dbrestore
To run unit tests against the system Python packages, run:
$ docker-compose run --rm web python manage.py test
To run unit tests for multiple versions using
$ docker-compose run --rm web tox
To reset the database before any of these commands, add
--reset to the
command line after
web and before any other arguments:
$ docker-compose run --rm web --reset tox
Any local edits to the project files made locally are immediately visible to the Docker container, and so should be picked up by the Django auto-reloader.
If using SELinux, you will need to create a custom SELinux rule to allow the Docker process to access your working directory. Run:
$ chcon -RT svirt_sandbox_file_t $PATCHWORK_DIR
$PATCHWORK_DIR is the absolute patch to the
created when you cloned the repo. For more information, see
If you see an error like the below:
ERROR: Couldn't connect to the Docker daemon at http+docker://localunixsocket - is it running?
ensure you have correctly installed Docker, added your user to the
docker group, and started the daemon, per the docker documentation.
If you see an error like the below:
You must define UID in .env
Ensure you have created a
.env file in the root of your project
directory and stored the
UID attribute there. For more information on
why this is necessary, refer to this docker-compose issue.
Manual installation can be used where use of Docker is not possible or desired.
Install Required Packages
There are a number of different requirements for developing Patchwork:
Python and libraries
A supported database (RDBMS)
These are detailed below.
To develop Python-based software you first need Python. Patchwork supports
Python 3.6+. Python 3 will be installed by default on many installations,
though a suitable version can usually be installed manually using the
It’s a good idea to use virtual environments to develop Python software. Virtual environments are “instances” of your system Python without any of the additional Python packages installed. They are useful to develop and possibly deploy Patchwork against a “well known” set of dependencies, but they can also be used to test Patchwork against several versions of Django.
If you do not have
virtualenv installed then you should install it now. This
can be installed using the
python3-virtualenv package. Alternatively you
can install these using
It is also helpful to install
tox which is used for running tests in
Patchwork. This can be installed using the
python3-tox package, or via
If not already installed, you may need to install an RDBMS. You can use either
MariaDB/MySQL or PostgreSQL for this purpose. You should also install the
development headers, known as
respectively on Debian-based Debian-based distros like Ubuntu and
postgresql-devel on RHEL-based distros.
While Django provides support for multiple database backends, Patchwork itself is only tested against MySQL/MariaDB and PostgreSQL. Should you wish to use a different backend, ensure you validate this first (and perhaps upstream any changes you may find necessary).
You may be tempted to use SQLite to develop Patchwork. We’d advise against doing this. SQLite supports a subset of the functionality of “full” RDBMS like MySQL: for example, case-sensitive matching of Unicode is not supported. You will find some tests provided by Patchwork fail and some patches you develop may fail in production due to these differences.
An example for installing all these packages and the MySQL RDBMS on Ubuntu 20.04 is given below:
$ sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip python3-dev python3-virtualenv \ python3-tox mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev
If you have an existing MariaDB/MySQL installation then you can install all
$ sudo pip install virtualenv tox
If you wish to use Python 3 then simply replace
the above command.
Configure Virtual Environment
If you are interested in simply testing Patchwork, many of the below steps are not required. tox will automatically install dependencies and use virtual environments when testing.
Once these requirements are installed, you should create and activate a new virtual environment. This can be done like so:
$ virtualenv .venv $ source .venv/bin/activate (.venv)$
If you installed a Python 3.x-based virtual environment package, adjust the
executable indicated above as necessary, e.g.
Now install the packages. Patchwork provides three requirements files.
Packages required to configure a development environment
Packages required for deploying Patchwork in production
Packages required to run tests
We’re going to install the first of these, which can be done like so:
(.venv)$ cd patchwork (.venv)$ pip install -r requirements-dev.txt
Once configured this does not need to be done again unless the requirements change, e.g. Patchwork requires an updated version of Django.
Initialize the Database
One installed, the database must be configured. We will assume you have root access to the database for these steps.
To begin, export your database credentials as follows:
(.venv)$ db_user=root (.venv)$ db_pass=password
Now, create the database. If this is your first time configuring the database,
you must create a
patchwork user (or similar) along with the database
instance itself. The commands below will do this, dropping existing databases
(.venv)$ mysql -u$db_user -p$db_pass << EOF DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS patchwork; CREATE DATABASE patchwork CHARACTER SET utf8; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON patchwork.* TO 'patchwork'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; EOF
patchwork username and
password password are the defaults
expected by the provided
dev settings files. If using something
different, export the
described in the Environment Variables section below.
Alternatively, you can create your own settings file with these variables
hardcoded and change the value of
DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE as described
Load Initial Data
Before continuing, we need to tell Django where it can find our configuration.
Patchwork provides a default development
settings.py file for this purpose.
To use this, export the
DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE environment variable as
(.venv)$ export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=patchwork.settings.dev
Alternatively you can provide your own
settings.py file and provide the path
to that instead.
Once done, we need to create the tables in the database. This can be done using
migrate command of the
(.venv)$ ./manage.py migrate
Next, you should load the initial fixtures into Patchwork. These initial fixtures provide.
The tags that Patchwork will extract from mails. For example:
The states that a patch can be in. For example:
A default project that you can then upload patches for
These can be loaded using the
(.venv)$ ./manage.py loaddata default_tags default_states default_projects
You should also take the opportunity to create a “superuser”. You can do this
using the aptly-named
(.venv)$ ./manage.py createsuperuser
Import Mailing List Archives
Regardless of your installation method of choice, you will probably want to
load some real emails into the system. This can be done manually, however it’s
generally much easier to download an archive from a Mailman instance and load
these using the
parsearchive command. You can do this like so:
(.venv)$ mm_user=<myusername> (.venv)$ mm_pass=<mypassword> (.venv)$ mm_host=https://lists.ozlabs.org (.venv)$ mm_url=$mm_host/private/patchwork.mbox/patchwork.mbox (.venv)$ curl -F username=$mm_user -F password=$mm_pass -k -O $mm_url
mm_pass are the username and password you have
registered with on the Mailman instance found at
We provide instructions for downloading archives from the Patchwork mailing
list, but almost any instance of Mailman will allow downloading of archives
as seen above; simply change the
pw_url variable defined. You can find
more informations about this here.
Load these archives into Patchwork. Depending on the size of the downloaded archives this may take some time:
(.venv)$ ./manage.py parsearchive patchwork.mbox
Finally, run the server and browse to the IP address of your board using your browser of choice:
(.venv)$ ./manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000
Once finished, you can kill the server (Ctrl+C) and exit the virtual environment:
(.venv)$ deactivate $
Should you wish to re-enter this environment, simply source the
Django Debug Toolbar
Patchwork installs and enables the ‘Django Debug Toolbar’ application by default when using development settings and requirements. This provides a configurable set of panels that display various debug information about the current request/response and, when clicked, display more details about the panel’s content.
By default, the toolbar is only displayed if you are developing on
localhost. If developing on a different machine, you should configure
an SSH tunnel such that, for example,
localhost:8000 points to
For more information, refer to the documentation.
Django Database Backup
Patchwork installs and enables the ‘Django Database Backup’ application by default when using development settings and requirements. This provides the following management commands, which can be useful for hacking on Patchwork:
For more information, refer to the documentation.
The following environment variables are available to configure settings when
using the provided
dev settings file.
Name of the database
Username to access the database with
Password to access the database with<
Type of database to use. Options: