by dataletsch

GitHub Readme.md


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An open source platform for data-driven team collaboration, such as Hackathons.

If you need help or advice in setting up your event, or would like to contribute to the project: please get in touch via datalets.ch or GitHub Issues.

For more background and references, see USAGE and ABOUT. The rest of this document has details for deploying the application.


This project can be deployed to any server capable of serving Python applications, and is set up for fast deployment to the Heroku cloud:


You can configure your instance with the following basic environment variables:

  • SERVER_URL - fully qualified domain name where the site is hosted
  • DRIBDAT_ENV - 'dev' to enable debugging, 'prod' to optimise assets etc.
  • DRIBDAT_SECRET - a long scary string for hashing your passwords - in Heroku this is set automatically
  • DATABASE_URL - if you are using the Postgres add-on, this would be postgres://username:password@... - in Heroku this is set automatically
  • CACHE_TYPE - in production, you can use built-in, Redis, Memcache to speed up your site (see settings.py)

If you would like to use external clients, like the chatbot, to remote control Dribdat you need to set:

  • DRIBDAT_APIKEY - for connecting clients to the remote API

OAuth 2.0 support is currently not available. For information see issue #118


There are a number of API calls that admins can use to easily get to the data in Dribdat in CSV or JSON format. See GitHub issues for development status.

Basic data on an event:

  • /api/event/<EVENT ID>/info.json
  • /api/event/current/info.json

Retrieve data on all projects from an event:

  • /api/event/<EVENT ID>/projects.csv
  • /api/event/<EVENT ID>/projects.json
  • /api/event/current/projects.json

Recent activity in projects (all or specific):

  • /api/project/activity.json
  • /api/<PROJECT ID>/activity.json

Search project contents:

  • /api/project/search.json?q=<text_query>

Push data into projects (WIP):

  • /api/project/push.json

For more details see api.py

Developer guide

Install Python, Virtualenv and Pip or Pipenv to start working with the code.

You may need to install additional libraries (libffi) for the misaka package, which depends on CFFI, e.g. sudo dnf install libffi-devel

Run the following commands from the repository root folder to bootstrap your environment using Pipenv:

pipenv --three
pipenv shell
pipenv install

Or using plain pip:

pip install -r requirements/dev.txt

By default in a dev environment, a SQLite database will be created in the root folder (dev.db). You can also install and configure your choice of DBMS supported by SQLAlchemy.

Run the following to create your app's database tables and perform the initial migration:

python manage.py db init
python manage.py db migrate
python manage.py db upgrade

Install frontend resources using Yarn:

yarn install

Finally, run this command to start the server:

FLASK_DEBUG=1 python manage.py run

You will see a pretty welcome screen at http://localhost:5000

The first user that registers becomes an admin, so don't delay!

Shell access

To open the interactive shell, run: python manage.py shell (or, using the Heroku toolchain, heroku run python manage.py shell)

By default, you will have access to the User model, as well as Event, Project, Category, Activity. For example, to promote to admin and reset the password of the first user:

u = User.query.first()
u.is_admin = True

Running Tests

To run all tests, run: python manage.py test


Whenever a database migration needs to be made. Run the following commands:

python manage.py db migrate

This will generate a new migration script. Then run:

python manage.py db upgrade

To apply the migration. Watch out for any errors in the process.

For a full migration command reference, run python manage.py db --help.

If you get errors like ERROR [alembic.env] Can't locate revision identified by 'aa969b4f9f51', usually the fix is to drop the migration history table, and again db init .. db migrate .. db upgrade. You can do this in your database client, or with a line like this in the case of Heroku:

heroku pg:psql -c "drop table alembic_version" -a my-dribdat-instance


See Contributors for a list of people who have made changes to the code, and Forks to find some other users of this project.

Mantained by @loleg and @gonzalocasas, with special thanks to the Swiss communities for Open Data, Open Networking and Open Source for the many trials and feedbacks. We are also grateful to F. Wieser and M.-C. Gasser at Swisscom for conceptual inputs and financial support of the first alpha release of this project.

This code is originally based on Steven Loria's flask-cookiecutter, which we encourage you to use in YOUR next hackathon!

Additional and ❤️-felt thanks for testing and feedback to: