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Set up of your own instance

In this part we explain how can set up your own instance. This will involve three major steps:

  1. Setting up the server
  2. Setting up the storage via MongoDB or Dropbox.
  3. Setting up the backend for example via sqooler.

Here, we will explain the first and the second step. The third step is explained in the installation guide of sqooler.


This guide is only relevant for developers that would like to create a service that is similiar to Should you be an end-user that simply would like to better understand how to use the service please go directly to one of the tutorials.

First steps

The whole system is set up on django and hence should be operated within the python framework.

First, create a local environment. You can then install the requirements via pip install -r requirements-dev.txt.

Second, we need to enable the storage of the settings, which we manage with python-decouple. To do so, create a .env file in the root directory.

|   .env
|   ...    
│   │   ...
│   │   ...
│   ...

An example content of this file would be:

# settings for the local Django server

# URL from which you would like to serve 

# settings for MongoDB

# settings for the Dropbox, if you use the dropbox storage

Make sure that you set an appropiate SECRET_KEY, USERNAME_TEST and PASSWORD_TEST of the django environment. Next, you have to set the BASE_URL to the URL from which you would like to serve the service.

Then, to configure the storage make sure which one you use as we provide different options. For example, if you use the MongoDB storage you have to set the MONGODB_USERNAME, MONGODB_PASSWORD and MONGODB_DATABASE_URL.

If you use the Dropbox storage, add the APP_KEY, APP_SECRET and REFRESH_TOKEN to the .env file.

We describe you below how to set up the different storages.

Finally, you should run python test to see if everything works out.


If you did not set up the dropbox storage you will get an error message from backends.tests_storage_provider.DropboxProvideTest. This is fine as long as you do not want to use the dropbox storage.

Getting the server started locally

  • Create a simple local database for the back-end with python migrate.
  • You should now be able to run python runserver.
  • To also test the admin interface you have to create the superuse via python createsuperuser.
  • Once you have done that you can access the admin interface via http://localhost:8000/admin/ and login with the credentials you just created.

This ends the set up of the server. You can now run the first tutorials as explained here


You can decide on different storages for the jobs. We provide you with the following options: - MongoDB - Dropbox Both can be set through the import in the backends/app file.

Setting up a new MongoDB storage

By default, qlued uses a MongoDB storage. Several options for hosting a mongoDB database are available. If you would like to deploy the system, we recommend to use MongoDB Atlas. However, it is also possible to set up a local MongoDB database. In the following, we will explain how to set up a MongoDB Atlas database (help to improve this description is welcome):

  • Create an account on MongoDB Atlas.
  • Create a new project.
  • Create a new cluster.
  • Create a new user.
  • Obtain the url of the database through connect -> driver -> python and there copy the url.

Finally, you should run python test to see if everything works out.


If you did not set up the sqooler you are going to get several errors. This is due to the fact that sqooler will define the backend configurations. So try to install it as described here and run the tests again.

Setting up a new dropbox storage

The jobs for qlued are stored on a dropbox. If you would like to set it up you have to follow these steps (help to improve this description is welcome):

  • Make sure that you have a Dropbox account.
  • Create an app in app console.
  • Give the app the permissions files.content.write as well as
  • Add the APP_KEY and the APP_SECRET to the .env file.

Obtain the refresh token

Next we explain you how to obtain the REFRESH_TOKEN. This is initially based on this guide.

  1. Make your OAuth app authorization URL like this: (plug in your app key in place of "APPKEYHERE"):
  2. Browse to that page in your browser while signed in to your account and click "Allow" to authorize it.
  3. Copy the resulting authorization code.
  4. Exchange the authorization code for an access token and refresh token like this, e.g., using curl on the command line: (plug in the authorization code from step 3 in place of "AUTHORIZATIONCODEHERE", the app key in place of "APPKEYHERE", and the app secret in place of "APPSECRETHERE").
    curl \
        -d grant_type=authorization_code \
    The response will contain a short-lived access token and refresh token that you can then use as needed.
  5. Finally, add the REFRESH_TOKEN to the .env.

Setting up a github environment


help to improve this description is welcome

  • Set the SECRET_KEY of the django environment.
  • Set the SECRET_KEY, USERNAME_TEST and PASSWORD_TEST of the django environment.
  • Same for the Dropbox keys.

Setting up heroku

  • Create an account.
  • Create an app which connects to the github repo you are working with.
  • Costs are in the most basic config roughly 12$ a month.
  • Open the console to create the django superuser python createsuperuser.
  • Add all the back-ends.