These instructions will guide you through installing Pootle and its requirements in a virtual environment.
If you only want to have a sneak peek of Pootle then the default configuration and the built-in server will suffice.
Follow the Pootle installation video tutorial, which starts after some basic setup, to see the installation steps in action and expected results.
For a production deployment we strongly recommend that you set up the following:
Before installing please ensure that you have all the necessary requirements.
It is important to install Pootle into a virtual environment to ensure the correct packages and permissions. It’s even more important not to install Pootle as the root user on your system. Installing or running Pootle as the root user will expose your system to many potential security vulnerabilities
We’ve made some assumptions in these instructions, adjust as needed:
In order to install Pootle first create a virtual environment. The virtual environment allows you to install dependencies independent of your system packages.
Please install virtualenv from your system packages, e.g. on Debian:
$ sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv
Otherwise you can install virtualenv using pip:
$ sudo pip install virtualenv
Now create a virtual environment on your location of choice by issuing the virtualenv command:
$ cd ~/dev/pootle $ virtualenv env
for versions of virtualenv prior to 1.10, you may need to
call virtualenv with the
--setuptools option, to ensure the
To activate the virtual environment run the activate script:
$ source env/bin/activate
Once activated the virtual environment name will be prepended to the shell prompt.
Lastly, we want to make sure that we are using the latest version of pip and setuptools:
(env) $ pip install --upgrade pip setuptools
Use pip to install Pootle into the virtual environment:
(env) $ pip install --process-dependency-links --pre Pootle
This will also fetch and install Pootle’s dependencies.
To verify that everything installed correctly, you should be able to access the pootle command line tool within your environment.
(env) $ pootle --version Pootle 2.8.0b5 (Django 1.10.4, Translate Toolkit 2.0.0b7)
Once Pootle has been installed, you will need to initialize a configuration file:
(env) $ pootle init
By default the configuration file is saved as
~/.pootle/pootle.conf. You can pass
an alternative path as an argument if required - see the
init command for all
of the options.
This default configuration is enough to experiment with Pootle. Don’t use this configuration in a production environment.
The initial configuration includes the settings that you’re most likely to change. For further customization, see the full list of available settings.
Statistics tracking and various other background processes are managed by RQ. The
rqworker command needs to be run
continuously in order to process the jobs.
If you have not already done so you should install and start a Redis server.
You can start the worker in the background with the following command:
(env) $ pootle rqworker &
In a production environment you may want to run RQ workers as services.
See here for further information about RQ jobs in Pootle.
(env) $ pootle migrate (env) $ pootle initdb
initdb will take some time as it will create the default
projects and stores.
Pootle needs at least one user with superuser rights which we create with the
(env) $ pootle createsuperuser
All users are required to verify their email before logging in. If you wish to
bypass this step you can use the
For example to allow a user named
admin to log in without having to verify
their email address:
(env) $ pootle verify_user admin
The Django default server will be enough for quickly testing the software. To run it, just issue:
(env) $ pootle runserver --insecure
There are serious drawbacks to using runserver. Never use it in production.
And the server will start listening on port 8000. Pootle can then be accessed from your web browser at localhost:8000.
Now that you have Pootle up and running you may want to consider some of the following in order to build a production environment.