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Read our docs at docs.mataroa.blog


This is a Django codebase. Check out the Django docs for general technical documentation.


The Django project is mataroa. There is one Django app, main, with all business logic. Application CLI commands are generally divided into two categories, those under python manage.py and those under make.

#Set up subdomains

Because mataroa works primarily with subdomain, one cannot access the basic web app using the standard or http://localhost:8000 URLs. What we do for local development is adding a few custom entries on our /etc/hosts system file.

Important note: there needs to be an entry of each user account created in the local development environment, so that the web server can respond to it.

The first line is the main needed: mataroalocal.blog. The rest are included as examples of other users one can create in their local environment. The easiest way to create them is to go through the sign up page (http://mataroalocal.blog:8000/accounts/create/ using default values).

# /etc/hosts mataroalocal.blog paul.mataroalocal.blog random.mataroalocal.blog anyusername.mataroalocal.blog

This will enable us to access mataroa locally (once we start the web server) at http://mataroalocal.blog:8000/ and if we make a user account with username paul, then we will be able to access it at http://paul.mataroalocal.blog:8000/


This is the last step for initial Docker setup. See the "Environment variables" section below, for further configuration details.

To set up a development environment with Docker and Docker Compose, run the following to start the web server and database:

docker compose up

If you have also configured hosts as described above in the "Set up subdomains" section, mataroa should now be locally accessible at http://mataroalocal.blog:8000/

Note: The database data are saved in the git-ignored docker-postgres-data docker volume, located in the root of the project.


python3 -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements_dev.txt
pip install -r requirements.txt

#Environment variables

A file named .envrc is used to define the environment variables required for this project to function. One can either export it directly or use direnv. There is an example environment file one can copy as base:

cp .envrc.example .envrc

.envrc should contain the following variables:

# .envrc

export DEBUG=1
export SECRET_KEY=some-secret-key
export DATABASE_URL=postgres://mataroa:db-password@db:5432/mataroa
export EMAIL_HOST_USER=smtp-user
export EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD=smtp-password

When on production, also include/update the following variables (see Deployment and Backup):

# .envrc

export DEBUG=0
export PGPASSWORD=db-password

When on Docker, to change or populate environment variables, edit the environment key of the web service either directly on docker-compose.yml or by overriding it using the standard named git-ignored docker-compose.override.yml.

# docker-compose.override.yml

version: "3.8"


Finally, stop and start docker compose up again. It should pick up the override file as it has the default name docker-compose.override.yml.


This project is using one PostreSQL database for persistence.

One can use the make pginit command to initialise a database in the postgres-data/ directory.

After setting the DATABASE_URL (see above), create the database schema with:

python manage.py migrate

Initialising the database with some sample development data is possible with:

python manage.py loaddata dev-data


To run the Django development server:

python manage.py runserver

If you have also configured hosts as described above in the "Set up subdomains" section, mataroa should now be locally accessible at http://mataroalocal.blog:8000/


Using the Django test runner:

python manage.py test

For coverage, run:

make cov

#Code linting & formatting

The following tools are used for code linting and formatting:

To use:

make format
make lint


See the Deployment document for an overview on steps required to deploy a mataroa instance.

See the Server Playbook document for a detailed run through of setting up a mataroa instance on an Ubuntu 22.04 LTS system using uWSGI and Caddy.

See the Server Migration document for a guide on how to migrate servers.

#Useful Commands

To reload the uWSGI process:

sudo systemctl reload mataroa.uwsgi

To reload Caddy:

systemctl restart caddy  # root only

uWSGI logs:

journalctl -fb -u mataroa.uwsgi

Caddy logs:

journalctl -fb -u caddy

Get an overview with systemd status:

systemctl status caddy
systemctl status mataroa.uwsgi


See Database Backup for details. In summary:

To create a database dump:

pg_dump -Fc --no-acl mataroa -h localhost -U mataroa -f /home/deploy/mataroa.dump -w

To restore a database dump:

pg_restore -v -h localhost -cO --if-exists -d mataroa -U mataroa -W mataroa.dump


In addition to the standard Django management commands, there are also:

  • enqueue_notifications: create records for notification emails to be sent.
  • process_notifications: sends notification emails for new blog posts of existing records.
  • mail_exports: emails users of their blog exports.

They are triggered using the standard manage.py Django way; eg:

python manage.py enqueue_notifications


One can deploy mataroa without setting up billing functionalities. This is the default case. To handle payments and subscriptions this project uses Stripe. To enable Stripe and payments, one needs to have a Stripe account with a single Product (eg. "Mataroa Premium Plan").

To configure, add the following variables from your Stripe account to your .envrc:

export STRIPE_API_KEY="sk_test_XXX"
export STRIPE_PUBLIC_KEY="pk_test_XXX"
export STRIPE_PRICE_ID="price_XXX"


This software is licensed under the MIT license. For more information, read the LICENSE file.