Installation with MySQL

These instructions provide additional steps for setting up Pootle with MySQL.

You should read the full installation instructions in order to install Pootle.

Setting up the database

Use the mysql command to create the user and database:

$ mysql -u root -p  # You will be asked for the MySQL root password to log in
> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON pootledb.* TO pootle@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'secret';

System software requirements

In addition to the system packages set out in the general installation requirements you will also require the MySQL client development headers in order to build the Python bindings, e.g. on a Debian-based system:

$ sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev

Installing MySQL Python bindings

Once you have set up and activated your virtual environment, you will need to install the MySQL bindings.

You can do so as follows:

(env) $ pip install MySQL-python

Initializing the Configuration

When initializing your configuration you can specify params to set up your database, e.g.:

(env) $ pootle init --db mysql --db-name pootledb --db-user pootle

This will create a configuration file to connect to a MySQL database named pootledb hosted on localhost as the user pootle. Please see the init command for all of the available options.

You will most likely want to edit your Pootle configuration (default location: ~/.pootle/pootle.conf) to set your password.

Database backend

Please note that Pootle uses django-transaction-hooks backends for connecting to the database. For MySQL the correct ENGINE to set for the backend is:

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'transaction_hooks.backends.mysql',