This tutorial helps you to get started hacking with pretix on your own computer. You need this to be able to contribute to pretix, but it might also be helpful if you want to write your own plugins. If you want to install pretix on a server for actual usage, go to the Administrator documentation instead.
Obtain a copy of the source code¶
You can just clone our git repository:
git clone https://github.com/pretix/pretix.git cd pretix/
Your should install the following on your system:
Python 3.5 or newer
pipfor Python 3 (Debian package:
python-devfor Python 3 (Debian package:
python-venvfor Python 3 (Debian package:
Your local python environment¶
python -V or
python3 -V to make sure you have Python 3.4
(or newer) installed. Also make sure you have pip for Python 3 installed, you can
pip3 -V to check. Then use Python’s internal tools to create a virtual
environment and activate it for your current session:
python3 -m venv env source env/bin/activate
You should now see a
(env) prepended to your shell prompt. You have to do this
in every shell you use to work with pretix (or configure your shell to do so
automatically). If you are working on Ubuntu or Debian, we strongly recommend upgrading
your pip and setuptools installation inside the virtual environment, otherwise some of
the dependencies might fail:
pip3 install -U pip setuptools
Working with the code¶
If you do not have a recent installation of
nodejs, install it now:
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_17.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt install nodejs
To make sure it is on your path variable, close and reopen your terminal. Now, install the Python-level dependencies of pretix:
cd src/ pip3 install -e ".[dev]"
Next, you need to copy the SCSS files from the source folder to the STATIC_ROOT directory:
python manage.py collectstatic --noinput
Then, create the local database:
python manage.py migrate
A first user with username
admin@localhost and password
admin will be automatically
If you want to see pretix in a different language than English, you have to compile our language files:
Run the development server¶
To run the local development webserver, execute:
python manage.py runserver
and head to http://localhost:8000/
As we did not implement an overall front page yet, you need to go directly to http://localhost:8000/control/ for the admin view.
Code checks and unit tests¶
Before you check in your code into git, always run static checkers and linters. If any of these commands fail, your pull request will not be merged into pretix. If you have trouble figuring out why they fail, create your pull request nevertheless and ask us for help, we are happy to assist you.
Execute the following commands to check for code style errors:
flake8 . isort -c . python manage.py check
Execute the following command to run pretix’ test suite (might take a couple of minutes):
If you have multiple CPU cores and want to speed up the test suite, you can install the python
pip3 install pytest-xdist and then run
py.test -n NUM with
NUM being the number of threads you want to use.
It is a good idea to put this command into your git hook
for example, to check for any errors in any staged files when committing:
#!/bin/bash cd $GIT_DIR/../src export GIT_WORK_TREE=../ export GIT_DIR=../.git source ../env/bin/activate # Adjust to however you activate your virtual environment for file in $(git diff --cached --name-only | grep -E '\.py$' | grep -Ev "migrations|mt940\.py|pretix/settings\.py|make_testdata\.py|testutils/settings\.py|tests/settings\.py|pretix/base/models/__init__\.py|.*_pb2\.py") do echo $file git show ":$file" | flake8 - --stdin-display-name="$file" || exit 1 # we only want to lint the staged changes, not any un-staged changes git show ":$file" | isort -c - | grep ERROR && exit 1 || true done
This keeps you from accidentally creating commits violating the style guide.
Working with mails¶
If you want to test anything regarding emails in your development setup, we recommend starting Python’s debugging SMTP server in a separate shell and configuring pretix to use it. Every email will then be printed to the debugging SMTP server’s stdout.
Add this to your
[mail] port = 1025
python -m smtpd -n -c DebuggingServer localhost:1025.
Working with translations¶
If you want to translate new strings that are not yet known to the translation system,
you can use the following command to scan the source code for strings to be translated
and update the
*.po files accordingly:
However, most of the time you don’t need to care about this. Just create your pull request with functionality and English strings only, and we’ll push the new translation strings to our translation platform after the merge.
To actually see pretix in your language, you have to compile the
*.po files to their
Working with the documentation¶
First, you should install the requirements necessary for building the documentation. Make sure you have your virtual python environment activated (see above). Then, install the packages by executing:
cd doc/ pip3 install -r requirements.txt
To build the documentation, run the following command from the
You will now find the generated documentation in the
doc/_build/html/ subdirectory. If you work
with the documentation a lot, you might find it useful to use sphinx-autobuild:
pip3 install sphinx-autobuild sphinx-autobuild . _build/html -p 8081
Then, go to http://localhost:8081 for a version of the documentation that automatically re-builds whenever you change a source file.