Setting up a local development environment¶
Get source code¶
The Kiwi TCMS source code is available at https://github.com/kiwitcms/Kiwi:
git clone https://github.com/kiwitcms/Kiwi.git
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 https://www.python.org/downloads/. All further instructions assume that you have Python 3 enabled.
At the moment Kiwi TCMS is developed and tested with Python 3.9.
You can always consult
Dockerfile to find out the exact version which we use!
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
See https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/venv.html 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:
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/devel.py if necessary.
Load database schema and create initial user:
Let’s run Kiwi TCMS¶
You’re now ready to start the server:
Now, open http://127.0.0.1:8000/ and should be presented with your brand new Kiwi TCMS homepage!