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It follows an issue raised on the Github of the project.

It recommends the use of a hybrid development environment, as most of the time only the web-app needs to be changed:

  • Pycharm or any Python IDE for the web-app
  • Docker for db, nginx, celery and worker. The three later are even optional if you don't develop modules.


For the webapp configuration, a specific .ini need to be created.

  • Create config.priv.ini in source/app by copying the config.docker.inipresent in the same directory.
  • Change PG_SERVER = db to PG_SERVER = or whatever IP is the Postgresql/docker running with

That's the only configuration change needed for the app to run outside docker. The docker.priv.ini is already excluded in gitignore.

Then Pycharm need to be setup with a dedicated environment, by adding a new configuration:

  • Script path : source/
  • Python interpreter 3.9
  • Working directory: source

To have pylint, right click on source in the directory tree and mark directory as > sources root.
The requirements then need to be installed. Pycharm should detect the requirements.txt and propose to install the dependencies. Otherwise they can be installed with the following command (issued in the virtual environment) : pip3 install -r source\requirements.txt


  1. Spin up the docker db docker-compose up db
  2. Run the Pycharm configuration you created
  3. The interface should be accessible on (and if you started the nginx docker)

IRIS can now be developed and debugged on the fly.

Tests in docker

Once the code is working by running on Pycharm, we highly recommend testing it on Docker. To do so, the app docker need to be erased and rebuilt.

  1. docker-compose rm app
  2. docker-compose build app
  3. docker-compose up db app

Development considerations
If the development results in DB modification, please use Alembic and add a migration script so users don't loose their data when they upgrade.

Last update: 2022-05-18