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Setting up a local build

This repository includes docker-compose configuration for running the project in local Docker containers, and a fabfile for provisioning and managing this.

There are a number of other commands to help with development using the fabric script. To see them all, run:

fab -l


The following are required to run the local environment. The minimum versions specified are confirmed to be working: if you have older versions already installed they may work, but are not guaranteed to do so.

Note that on Mac OS, if you have an older version of fabric installed, you may need to uninstall the old one and then install the new version with pip3:

pip uninstall fabric
pip3 install fabric

You can manage different python versions by setting up pyenv:

Additionally, for interacting with production / staging environments, you'll need:

Running the local build for the first time

If you are using Docker Desktop, ensure the Resources:File Sharing settings allow the cloned directory to be mounted in the web container (avoiding mounting OCI runtime failures at the end of the build step).

Starting a local build can be done by running:

git clone [email protected]:torchbox/wagtail-torchbox.git
cd wagtail-torchbox
fab build
fab migrate
fab start

This will start the containers in the background, but not Django. To do this, connect to the web container with fab sh and run honcho start to start both Django and the Webpack dev server in the foreground.

Then, connect to the running container again (fab sh) and:

dj createcachetable
dj createsuperuser

The site should be available on the host machine at:

If you only wish to run the frontend or backend tooling, the commands honcho runs are in docker/Procfile.

Upon first starting the container, the static files may not exist, or may be out of date. To resolve this, simply run npm run build.

Frontend tooling

Here are the common commands:

# Install front-end dependencies.
npm install
# Start the Webpack build in watch mode, without live-reload.
npm run start
# Start the Webpack server build on port 3000 only with live-reload.
npm run build
# Do a one-off Webpack production build.
npm run build:prod

There are two ways to run the frontend tooling:

  • In Docker. This is the default, most portable and secure, but much slower on macOS.
  • Or run npm commands from a terminal on your local machine. Create a .env file in the project root (see .env.example) with FRONTEND=local. fab start will no longer start a frontend container. Now, when running fab start, Docker won't attempt to bind to the ports needed for the frontend dev server, meaning they can be run locally. All the tooling still remains available in the container.

Installing python packages

Python packages can be installed using poetry in the web container:

fab sh
poetry add wagtail-guide

To reset installed dependencies back to how they are in the poetry.lock file:

fab sh
poetry install --no-root


To deploy push branch to heroku manually:


Add remote on your local repo: heroku git:remote -a torchbox-staging

Rename the remote to avoid confusion with prod git remote rename heroku heroku-staging

Push branch to heroku: git push heroku-staging staging:main


Add remote on your local repo: heroku git:remote -a cms-torchbox-com

Rename the remote to avoid confusion with staging git remote rename heroku heroku-prod

Push branch to heroku: git push heroku-prod master:main

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