Standalone Installation (or local development)


This documentation describes the installation of dpaste as a standalone project, primarily for local development. If you want to integrate the application into your existing Django project, see Project Installation.

The project uses pipenv to maintain and install dependencies. Install it once globally with pip:

$ pip install pipenv

Then checkout the Git project code from Github and install the Node and Python dependencies.

$ cd dpaste/
$ pipenv install --dev      # Installs the project and Python dependencies
$ npm install               # Installs the node dependencies and compiles
                            # the static files (JS/CSS).

Copy the sample settings file and edit it, to meet your needs:

$ cp dpaste/settings/ dpaste/settings/

Run the testsuite to make sure everything was built correctly:

$ pipenv run ./

Finally, to run the project on your local machine:

$ pipenv run ./ migrate
$ pipenv run ./ runserver

If this is a public, standalone installation, make sure you purge the expired snippets regularly. See Purge expired snippets.

CSS and Javascript development

Both CSS and Javascript files need to be compiled and compressed. The resulting files are not commited with the project code.

There are some helper scripts you can invoke with npm

npm start
Compile the static files and run the Django runserver.
npm run build
Compile static files.
npm run build-js
Compile only JS files.
npm run build-css
Compile only CSS files.
npm run watch-css
Same as build-css but it automatically watches for changes in the CSS files and re-compiles it.
npm run docs
Compile this documentation. The result will be in docs/_build/html.
npm run watch-docs
Same as docs but it automatically watches for changes in the documentation files and re-compiles the docs.


See npm run --list for the full and most recent list of helper scripts.

Testing with Tox

dpaste is continuously tested online with Travis. You can also run the test suite locally with tox. Tox automatically tests the project against multiple Python and Django versions.

Similar to pipenv it’s useful to have tox installed globally:

$ pip install tox

Then simply call it from the project directory.

$ cd dpaste/
$ tox
Example tox output:
$ tox

py35-django-111 create: /tmp/tox/dpaste/py35-django-111
SKIPPED:InterpreterNotFound: python3.5
py36-django-111 create: /tmp/tox/dpaste/py36-django-111
py36-django-111 installdeps: django>=1.11,<1.12
py36-django-111 inst: /tmp/tox/dpaste/dist/

Ran 48 tests in 1.724s

SKIPPED:  py35-django-111: InterpreterNotFound: python3.5
SKIPPED:  py35-django-20: InterpreterNotFound: python3.5
py36-django-111: commands succeeded
py36-django-20: commands succeeded
congratulations :)