Getting Started

The pinax/pinax-starter-projects repo is available here.

Many of the starter projects are derivatives of each other (zero is the parent of account among many others). We leverage git and branching to manage the hierarchy. Each project template lives in it's own branch and will branch from its natural parent.

All starter projects share a common method for getting started. It involves creating a virtual environment, installing Django, and running the startproject command with a URL to the template, followed by a few commands within your new project. Or even easier, you can use the pinax command line utility.

Getting Started

pip install virtualenv
virtualenv mysiteenv
source mysiteenv/bin/activate

You might use pyenv to manage the version of Python used in your virtualenv. See the pyenv repository for usage.

Using the pinax command line utility

pip install pinax-cli
pinax projects  # list available project releases
pinax start <kind> <project_name>

If you are feeling adventurous you can install off latest development by passing the --dev flag:

pinax start --dev <kind> <project_name>


pip install Django startproject --template=<PROJECT_BRANCH> mysite -n webpack.config.js -n

Get Going With Your New Project

cd mysite
chmod +x
pip install -r requirements.txt
./ migrate
./ loaddata sites
./ runserver

See each section below for the startproject url as well as any deviation from these common notes.



If you want to develop your own starter projects here is the workflow you should follow:

  1. Start with the branch you want to base your new project on.
  2. git co -b <name>
  3. Do the work on your project template
  4. Test your project template by running startproject --template=pinax-starter-projects test1 -n webpack.config.js -n
  5. Once you are satisified with your testing, commit.
  6. git co master and then update this file with details about your new project
  7. Update all descendent branches:
git push