Here are the steps needed to set up a development and testing environment.

Creating a development environment

The development environment is created in a virtualenv. The environment creation requires the make and virtualenv programs to be installed.

To install make under Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential

Under Mac OS/X, make is available as part of XCode.

To install virtualenv:

$ sudo pip install virtualenv

At this point, from the root of this branch, run the command:

$ make

This command will create a .venv directory in the branch root, ignored by DVCSes, containing the development virtual environment with all the dependencies.

Testing the application

Run the tests:

$ make test

The command above also runs all the available integration tests. They use Selenium and require Firefox to be installed. To avoid executing integration tests, define the environment variable SKIP_SELENIUM, e.g.:

$ make test SKIP_SELENIUM=1

Integration tests are excluded by default when using Python 3. The test suite requires Python >= 2.6.1.

Run the tests and lint/pep8 checks:

$ make check

Again, to exclude integration tests:

$ make check SKIP_SELENIUM=1


Run the Django shell (Python interpreter):

$ make shell

Run the Django development server for manual testing:

$ make server

After executing the command above, it is possible to navigate the testing project going to <http://localhost:8000>.

See all the available make targets, including info on how to create a Python 3 development environment:

$ make help

Thanks for contributing, and have fun!