1. Ankit Solanki
  2. RhodeCode


RhodeCode / docs / installation.rst


RhodeCode is written entirely in Python. Before posting any issues make sure, your not missing any system libraries and using right version of libraries required by RhodeCode. There's also restriction in terms of mercurial clients. Minimal version of hg client known working fine with RhodeCode is 1.6. If you're using older client, please upgrade.

Installing RhodeCode from Cheese Shop

Rhodecode requires python version 2.5 or higher.

The easiest way to install rhodecode is to run:

easy_install rhodecode


pip install rhodecode

If you prefer to install RhodeCode manually simply grab latest release from http://pypi.python.org/pypi/rhodecode, decompress the archive and run:

python setup.py install

Step by step installation example

For installing RhodeCode i highly recommend using separate virtualenv. This way many required by RhodeCode libraries will remain sandboxed from your main python and making things less problematic when doing system python updates.

  • Assuming you have installed virtualenv create a new virtual environment using virtualenv command:

    virtualenv --no-site-packages /var/www/rhodecode-venv


Using --no-site-packages when generating your virtualenv is very important. This flag provides the necessary isolation for running the set of packages required by RhodeCode. If you do not specify --no-site-packages, it's possible that RhodeCode will not install properly into the virtualenv, or, even if it does, may not run properly, depending on the packages you've already got installed into your Python's "main" site-packages dir.

  • this will install new virtualenv into /var/www/rhodecode-venv.

  • Activate the virtualenv by running:

    source /var/www/rhodecode-venv/bin/activate


If you're using UNIX, do not use sudo to run the virtualenv script. It's perfectly acceptable (and desirable) to create a virtualenv as a normal user.

  • Make a folder for rhodecode data files, and configuration somewhere on the filesystem. For example:

    mkdir /var/www/rhodecode
  • Go into the created directory run this command to install rhodecode:

    easy_install rhodecode


    pip install rhodecode
  • This will install rhodecode together with pylons and all other required python libraries into activated virtualenv

Requirements for Celery (optional)

In order to gain maximum performance there are some third-party you must install. When RhodeCode is used together with celery you have to install some kind of message broker, recommended one is rabbitmq to make the async tasks work.

Of course RhodeCode works in sync mode also and then you do not have to install any third party applications. However, using Celery will give you a large speed improvement when using many big repositories. If you plan to use RhodeCode for say 7 to 10 repositories, RhodeCode will perform perfectly well without celery running.

If you make the decision to run RhodeCode with celery make sure you run celeryd using paster and message broker together with the application.


Installing message broker and using celery is optional, RhodeCode will work perfectly fine without them.

Message Broker

For installation instructions you can visit: http://ask.github.com/celery/getting-started/index.html. This is a very nice tutorial on how to start using celery with rabbitmq

You can now proceed to :ref:`setup`