For Developers

If you would like to contribute to the Blogofile project, these instructions should help you get started. Patches, documentation improvements, bug reports, and feature requests are all welcome through the GitHub projects:

Contributions in the form of patches or pull requests are easier to integrate and will receive priority attention.

Python Versions

Blogofile is developed under Python 3.2 and tested with Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, and 3.3.

Setting Up a Development Sandbox

Using a Python virtualenv is strongly recommended to segregate Blogofile and the packages it depends on from your system Python installation.

Create a virtualenv and activate it:

$ virtualenv blogofile-dev
$ source blogofile-dev/bin/activate

Grab the Blogofile core, and the blogofile_blog reference plugin repos from GitHub:

(blogofile-dev)$ cd blogofile-dev
(blogofile-dev)$ git clone git://
(blogofile-dev)$ git clone git://

Install the packages for development, and install the extra packages that are used to build the docs and run the test suite:

(blogofile-dev)$ pip install -e blogofile
(blogofile-dev)$ pip install -e blogofile_blog
(blogofile-dev)$ pip install -r blogofile/requirements/develop.txt

Building Documentation

The Blogofile docs are written with reStructuredText markup and built using Sphinx. Sphinx and its dependencies are installed as part of the development sandbox setup.

The blogofile/docs/ directory includes a Makefile to help build the docs:

(blogofile-dev)$ (cd blogofile/docs && make html)
sphinx-build -b html -d _build/doctrees  . _build/html
Making output directory...
Running Sphinx v1.1.3
loading pickled environment... not yet created
building [html]: targets for 12 source files that are out of date
updating environment: 12 added, 0 changed, 0 removed
reading sources... [100%] vcs_integration
looking for now-outdated files... none found
pickling environment... done
checking consistency... done
preparing documents... done
writing output... [100%] vcs_integration
writing additional files... genindex search
copying static files... done
dumping search index... done
dumping object inventory... done
build succeeded.

Build finished. The HTML pages are in _build/html.

The output version of the docs ends up in blogofile/docs/build/html in your development sandbox.

Running Tests

The test suites for Blogofile and blogofile_blog use tox. Tox and its dependencies are installed as part of the development sandbox setup.

To run the tests under Python 2.6, 2.7, and 3.2, run tox in the top level blogofile/ and blogofile_blog/ directories.

To run tests under a single version of Python, specify the appropriate environment when running tox:

$ tox -e py27

Add new tests by modifying an existing file or adding a new one in the blogofile/tests/ and blogofile_blog/tests/ directories.


Blogofile and blogofile_blog releases are hosted on PyPI and can be downloaded from:

Source Code

The source repositories are hosted on GitHub: