Install Guide

Install dependencies

Before we begin, be sure Kegbot’s major dependencies are available on your your system.

On Ubuntu or Debian, use apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install \
  python-dev \
  python-pip \
  libjpeg-dev \
  libmysqlclient-dev \
  redis-server \
  mysql-client \
  mysql-server \
  redis-server \
  supervisor \

On Mac OS X, we recommend using Homebrew:

$ brew install \
  python \
  mysql \
  libpng \
  jpeg \
  redis \

Set up an environment

The first thing you’ll need is the Python virtualenv package. You probably already have this, but if not, you can install it with:

$ sudo pip install virtualenv

Once that’s done, chose a directory for the Kegbot Server environment and create it with virtualenv. In our examples we’ll use /data/kb:

$ virtualenv /data/kb

Finally, activate your virtualenv:

$ source /data/kb/bin/activate
(kb) $


You must activate your virtualenv before updating Kegbot, as well as before running any command-line Kegbot programs.

Install Kegbot Server

Once you have the environment set up, you’re ready to install Kegbot Server:

(kb) $ pip install -U kegbot

Sit back and relax; this command will download and install the latest release, along with all of its Python dependencies.

Create the database

Create a new database to store your Kegbot data. On MySQL, the command to use is:

$ mysqladmin -u root create kegbot


If your MySQL server requires a password, add -p to these commands.

We also recommend creating a new MySQL user solely for Kegbot access. Run the following command, replacing “pw” with a password of your choice:

$ mysql -u root -e '
  GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON kegbot.* TO [email protected]
    IDENTIFIED BY "pw"; flush privileges;'

Run Redis

If you installed Redis, it’s probably already running. Verify by pinging it:

$ redis-cli ping PONG


Kegbot uses Redis databases 0 and 1 by default. If you are using the same Redis server for other programs, we recommend using separate databases.

Run the Setup Wizard

The program will help you:

  • Configure Kegbot for the database you set up in the previous step;
  • Create Kegbot’s Media and Static Files directories;
  • Install defaults into your new database.

Run the setup wizard:

(kb) $

When finished, you should have a settings file in ~/.kegbot/ that you can examine.

About Media and Static Files

After running the wizard, two important settings should have been configured: the media and static files directories.

This variable controls where Kegbot stores uploaded media: pictures added during account registration or pours, for example.
This variable controls where Kegbot’s static media is stored, such as built-in style sheets and images shown on the web page.


Never place other content in STATIC_ROOT, and always be sure it is set to a directory that Kegbot can completely overwrite. For more information, see Django’s documentation for managing static files.

Configure E-Mail

Kegbot can send e-mail in several circumstances. These include:

  • Initial account registration.
  • Password recovery.
  • Configurable notifications.

Before it can send e-mail, Kegbot must be configured with an e-mail backend. To use an SMTP server, add the following lines to your file and configure them as appropriate:

# Tell Kegbot use the SMTP e-mail backend.
EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend'

# SMTP server hostname (default: 'localhost') and port (default: 25).

# Credentials for SMTP server.
EMAIL_HOST_USER = 'username'

# "From" address for e-mails.
EMAIL_FROM_ADDRESS = '[email protected]'

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