Quick Start Guide

Download TaskBuster Django Project Boilerplate

First, you need to download the BoilerPlate from GitHub.

You can visit the repository webpage in GitHub and download it as a zip file.

You can also do the same using your terminal with:

$ git clone git://github.com/mineta/taskbuster-boilerplate.git

This will download the repository in your current direcotry.

Secret Django Key

This boilerplate has the DJANGO_KEY setting variable hidden.

You can generate your DJANGO_KEY here.

Keep reading to include your new Django key into your project.

Project Name

This project is named TaskBuster, so if you are using this Boilerplate to create your own project, you’ll have to change the name in a few places:

  • taskbuster_project folder (your top project container)
  • taskbuster_project/taskbuster folder (your project name)
  • virtual environment names: tb_dev and tb_test (name them whatever you want)
  • in virtual environments postactivate files (see section below), you have to change taskbuster.settings.development for your projectname.settings.development. Same works for the testing environment.

Virtual environments and Settings Files

First, you must know your Python 3 path:

$ which python3

which is something similar to /usr/local/bin/python3.

Next, create a Development virtual environment with Python 3 installed:

$ mkvirtualenv --python=/usr/local/bin/python3 tb_dev

where you might need to change it with your python path.

Go to the virtual enviornment folder with:

$ cd $VIRTUAL_ENV/bin

and edit the postactivate file.:

$ vi postactivate

You must add the lines:

export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE="taskbuster.settings.development"
export SECRET_KEY="your_secret_django_key"

with your project name and your own secret key.

Next, edit the predeactivate file and add the line:


Repeat the last steps for your testing environment:

$ mkvirtualenv --python=/usr/local/bin/python3 tb_test
$ cd $VIRTUAL_ENV/bin
$ vi postactivate

where you have to add the lines:

export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE="taskbuster.settings.testing"
export SECRET_KEY="your_secret_django_key"

and in the predeactivate file:


Next, install the packages in each environment:

$ workon tb_dev
$ pip install -r requirements/development.txt
$ workon tb_test
$ pip install -r requirements/testing.txt

Internationalization and Localization


The default language for this Project is English, and we use internatinalization to translate the text into Catalan.

If you want to change the translation language, or include a new one, you just need to modify the LANGUAGES variable in the file settings/base.py. The language codes that define each language can be found here.

For example, if you want to use German you should include:

    'de', _("German"),

You can also specify a dialect, like Luxembourg’s German with:

    'de-lu', _("Luxemburg's German"),

Note: the name inside the translation function _(“”) is the language name in the default language (English).

More information on the TaskBuster post.


Go to the terminal, inside the taskbuster_project folder and create the files to translate with:

$ python manage.py makemessages -l ca

change the language “ca” for your selected language.

Next, go to the locale folder of your language:

$ cd taskbuster/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES

where taskbuster is your project folder. You have to edit the file django.po and translate the strings. You can find more information about how to translate the strings here.

Once the translation is done, compile your messages with:

$ python manage.py compilemessages -l ca


We need to update the languages in our Tests to make sure the translation works correclty. Open the file functional_tests/test_all_users.py:

  • in test_internationalization, update your languages with the translation of title text, here “Welcome to TaskBuster!”
  • in test_localization, update your languages.

Useful commands

A list of all the commands used to run this template:

$ workon tb_dev
$ workon tb_test

$ python manage.py makemessages -l ca
$ python manage.py compilemessages -l ca