Setting up a local development environment

Get source code

The Kiwi TCMS source code is available at

git clone
cd Kiwi/

Install Python 3

Kiwi TCMS is a Python 3 project! Linux is our preferred environment but you can work on Kiwi TCMS on Windows as well!

Download & install Python from All further instructions assume that you have Python 3 enabled.


At the time of writing Kiwi TCMS has been developed and tested with Python 3.6. You can always consult Dockerfile to find out the exact version which we use!

Setup virtualenv

Create a virtual environment for Kiwi TCMS:

$ python3 -m venv ~/kiwi-env
$ source ~/kiwi-env/bin/activate

On Windows, activating the virtual environment is different:

> python3 -m venv C:\kiwi-env
> C:\kiwi-env\Scripts\activate

See for more information!


On Linux you have to install packages which are needed to compile some of the Python dependencies:

sudo yum install gcc python-devel mariadb-devel libffi-devel npm graphviz


Graphviz is only used to build model diagrams from source code!

Then install the necessary Python packages inside your virtual environment:

pip install -r requirements/mariadb.txt
pip install -r requirements/devel.txt


Alternatively you can use requirements/postgres.txt for PostgreSQL!

The user interface needs several Node.js packages. Download & install Node first and then:

cd tcms/
npm install

inside the Kiwi/ directory.

Initialize database


In development mode Kiwi TCMS is configured to use SQLite! You may want to adjust the database and/or other configuration settings. Override them in ./tcms/settings/ if necessary.

Load database schema and create initial user:

./ migrate
./ createsuperuser

Let’s run Kiwi TCMS

You’re now ready to start the server:

./ runserver

Now, open and should be presented with your brand new Kiwi TCMS homepage!