1. Joe Heck
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Pylons based replacement for hgwebdir

Fully customizable, with authentication, permissions. Based on vcs library.


  • has it's own middleware to handle mercurial protocol request each request can be logged and authenticated + threaded performance unlikely to hgweb
  • full permissions per project read/write/admin access even on mercurial request
  • mako templates let's you cusmotize look and feel of application.
  • diffs annotations and source code all colored by pygments.
  • mercurial branch graph and yui-flot powered graphs with zooming and statistics
  • admin interface for performing user/permission managments as well as repository managment.
  • full text search of source codes with indexing daemons using whoosh (no external search servers required all in one application)
  • async tasks for speed and performance using celery (works without them too)
  • Additional settings for mercurial web, (hooks editable from admin panel !) also manage paths, archive, remote messages
  • backup scripts can do backup of whole app and send it over scp to desired location
  • setup project descriptions and info inside built in db for easy, non file-system operations
  • added cache with invalidation on push/repo managment for high performance and always upto date data.
  • rss / atom feeds, gravatar support
  • based on pylons 1.0 / sqlalchemy 0.6


  • code review based on hg-review (when it's stable)
  • git support (when vcs can handle it - almost there !)
  • commit based wikis
  • in server forks
  • clonning from remote repositories into hg-app
  • other cools stuff that i can figure out (or You can help me figure out)


This software is still in beta mode. I don't guarantee that it'll work correctly.


  • I highly recommend to install new virtualenv for hg-app see http://pypi.python.org/pypi/virtualenv
  • Create new virtualenv using virtualenv --no-site-packages /var/www/hgapp-venv this will install new virtual env into /var/www/hgapp-venv. Activate the virtualenv by running source activate /var/www/hgapp-venv/bin/activate
  • Make a folder for hg-app somewhere on the filesystem for example /var/www/hgapp
  • Download and extract http://bitbucket.org/marcinkuzminski/hg-app/get/tip.zip into created directory.
  • Run python setup.py install in order to install the application and all needed dependencies. Make sure that You're using activated virutalenv
  • Run paster setup-app production.ini it should create all needed tables and an admin account make sure You specify correct path to repositories.
  • Remember that the given path for mercurial repositories must be write accessible for the application
  • Run paster serve development.ini - or you can use sample init.d scripts. the app should be available at the
  • Use admin account you created to login.
  • Default permissions on each repository is read, and owner is admin. So remember to update these.
  • In order to use full power of async tasks, You must install message broker preferrably rabbitmq and start celeryd daemon together with hg-app. The app should gain a lot of speed and become much more responsible. For installation instructions You can visit: http://ask.github.com/celery/getting-started/index.html.
  • All needed configs are inside hg-app ie. celeryconfig.py , production.ini You can configure the email, ports, loggers, workers from there.
  • For full text search You can either put crontab entry for python /var/www/hgapp/pylons_app/lib/indexers/daemon.py incremental <path_to_repos> or run indexer from admin panel. This will scann the repos given in the application setup or given path for daemon.py and each scann in incremental mode will scann only changed files, Hg Update hook must be activated to index the content it's enabled by default after setup