Clone wiki

qatrackplus / v / 0.2.8 / deployment / osx / osxinstall

Deploying QATrack+ with OS X Server's Built-in Apache & PostgreSQL

This guide is going to walk you through installing QATrack+ on an OS X server with Apache as the web server and PostgreSQL as the database.

The steps we will be undertaking are:

  1. Setting up and configuring OS X
  2. Installing git
  3. Checking out the QATrack+ source code
  4. Setting up the website
  5. Setting up our python environment
  6. Setting up Apache & mod_wsgi
  7. Setting up a database
  8. Final config of QATrack+
  9. Temporary Workaround: Downgrade Django
  10. Final word

I will be using OS X 10.8 Server (Mountain Lion Server) for this guide.

This guide assumes you have at least a basic level of familiarity with Linux/UNIX and the command line.

1. Setting up and configuring OS X

Install OS X, OS X Server (if not yet done, then through the App Store), and then XCode (through the App Store). I believe that Xcode is required for its compilers, but you could install gcc and/or install other dependencies if you prefer. Xcode is also required to install Fink.

Install the command line tools for Xcode. To do this open Xcode, enter preferences, downloads, and install.

Install java, a requirement for Fink:

sudo javac

Install gfortran from Install gfortran from gfortran-mlion.tar.gz (4.8)

sudo tar -xvf gfortran-mlion.tar -C /

2. Installing git

Git is the version control software that QATrack+ uses. To install git on OS X, download GIT from and install the .dmg package. (used Git for this install).

Note that the install requires that you allow applications downloaded from anywhere. This is a setting within System Preferences --> Security & Privacy on OS X.

Next setup your git installation:

git config --global "YourName"
git config --global ""

3. Checking out the QATrack+ source code

Now that we have git installed we can proceed to grab the latest version of QATrack+. To checkout the code enter the following commands:

cd /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/
sudo git clone
Cloning into 'qatrackplus'...
remote: Counting objects: 7727, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (2248/2248), done.
remote: Total 7727 (delta 5519), reused 7192 (delta 5128)
Receiving objects: 100% (7727/7727), 2.17 MiB, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (5519/5519), done.

4. Setting up the website

I don't know why, but apache within OS X doesn't deal well with the file. I believe that it may be as simple as expecting a .wsgi suffix to the file.

A simple workaround:

cd /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus/qatrack/
sudo cp qatrack.wsgi

sudo nano /Library/Server/Web/Config/apache2/httpd_qatrack.conf
# Options ExecCGI
# Options +Indexes

WSGIScriptAlias /  /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus/qatrack/qatrack.wsgi
#WSGIPythonPath /
WSGIApplicationGroup %{GLOBAL}

<Directory /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all

alias /static /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus/qatrack/static
(Exit, save file (buffer)).

sudo nano /Library/Server/Web/Config/apache2/webapps/com.qatrack.webapp.qatrack.plist
enter the following text:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-7"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
        <string>QATrackPlus WebApp</string>
Exit, save file (buffer).

Open the OS X Server App. Select Websites

There may be a default website created on your server's host. Assuming that you don't want to keep this, remove it so that you are left with just 'Server Website' and 'Server Website (SSL)'. To remove it, just select it and click on the minus sign.

Ensure that 'Enable Python web applications' is enabled, and of course, that the Websites server is turned on.

Select Server Website and click the pencil to edit settings. Click Edit Advanced Settings... Disable the Python "Hello World" app Enable the QATrackPlus WebApp

5. Setting up our python environment

If you wish to install virtualenv, this would be the time to do so. Follow the instructions that are shown for the linux instructions (and please update this wiki). For this test environment I am operating a single virtual server therefore am not in need of having multiple Python environments.

sudo easy_install pip
Change back to the location where we checked out the source code:
cd /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus/

In that directory there is a directory with text files (requirements/base.txt, requirements/optional.txt) that list the required Python packages for QATrack+. A little prep work is required to get them to install correctly. After you install all the required libs:

sudo pip install -r requirements/base.txt
sudo pip install scipy
sudo pip install -r requirements/optional.txt

6. Setting up Apache & mod_wsgi

The next step to take is to configure the Apache web server. Apache and mod_wsgi can be installed with the following commands:

sudo nano /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus/qatrack/qatrack.wsgi
WSGI config for qatrack project.

This module contains the WSGI application used by Django's development server
and any production WSGI deployments. It should expose a module-level variable
named ``application``. Django's ``runserver`` and ``runfcgi`` commands discover
this application via the ``WSGI_APPLICATION`` setting.

Usually you will have the standard Django WSGI application here, but it also
might make sense to replace the whole Django WSGI application with a custom one
that later delegates to the Django one. For example, you could introduce WSGI
middleware here, or combine a Django application with an application of another

import sys, os

os.environ.setdefault("DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE", "qatrack.settings")

# This application object is used by any WSGI server configured to use this
# file. This includes Django's development server, if the WSGI_APPLICATION
# setting points here.
from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
application = get_wsgi_application()

# Apply WSGI middleware here.
# from helloworld.wsgi import HelloWorldApplication
# application = HelloWorldApplication(application)

sudo serveradmin stop web
sudo serveradmin start web

7. Setting up a database

pip install psycopg2

Start the embedded Postgres:

sudo serveradmin start postgres
sudo -u _postgres psql template1
template1=# CREATE USER qatrack with PASSWORD 'qatrackpass';

template1=# CREATE DATABASE qatrackdb;

template1=# GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE qatrackdb to qatrack;
sudo serveradmin stop postgres
sudo serveradmin start postgres

8. Final config of QATrack+

Next (we're almost done, I promise!) we need to tell QATrack+ how to connect to our database.

Create a file called in /Library/Server/Web/Data/WebApps/qatrackplus/qatrack/ and put the following Python code in it:

TIME_ZONE = 'America/Halifax'

MEDIA_URL = '/qatrackplus/media/'
# STATIC_URL = '/qatrack/static/'
# LOGIN_EXEMPT_URLS = [r"^accounts/",]
LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL = '/qatrackplus/qa/unit/'
LOGIN_URL = "/qatrackplus/accounts/login/"


    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2', # Add 'postgresql_psycopg2', 'mysql', 'sqlite3' or 'oracle'.
        'NAME': 'qatrackdb',                      # Or path to database file if using sqlite3.
        'USER': 'qatrack',                      # Not used with sqlite3.
        'PASSWORD': 'qatrackpass',                  # Not used with sqlite3.
        'HOST': 'localhost',                      # Set to empty string for localhost. Not used with sqlite3.
        'PORT': '',                      # Set to empty string for default. Not used with sqlite3.

And then create the tables in your database via sycndb/migrate

(qatrack)randlet@ubuntu:~/web/qatrackplus$ python syncdb
(qatrack)randlet@ubuntu:~/web/qatrackplus$ python migrate

We also need to collect all our static files in a single location for Apache to serve (answer 'yes' when asked)


(qatrack)randlet@ubuntu:~/web/qatrackplus$ python collectstatic

9. Temporary Workaround: Downgrade Django

from the google groups (thanks Doug & Randle):

    pip uninstall django
    pip install django==1.4
This step will be removed at some point...

BUT: pip install django==1.4 has the line: Requested django==1.4, but installing version 1.5.1.

SO: downloaded and installed Django from

tar xzvf Django-1.4.x.tar.gz
cd Django-1.4.x
sudo python install

10. Final word

There are a lot of steps getting everything set up so don't be discouraged if everything doesn't go completely smoothly! If you run into trouble, please get in touch with me on the QATrack+ mailing list and I can help you out.

R. Taylor - Feb 2012

E. Reynard - May 2013