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  1. Install pipx

  2. Install fh-fablib

    1. pipx install fh_fablib if you’re happy with the packaged version
    2. pipx install --editable git+ssh:// otherwise
  3. Add a to your project. A minimal example follows:

    import fh_fablib as fl
    fl.config.update(base=fl.Path(__file__).parent, host="")
    fl.config.update(domain="", branch="main", remote="production")
    ns = fl.Collection(*fl.GENERAL, *fl.NINE)
  4. Run fl --list to get a list of commands.

Loading the fh_fablib module automatically creates .git/hooks/pre-commit which runs fl check before each commit.

Configuration values

  • app = "app": Name of primary Django app containing settings, assets etc.
  • base: pathlib.Path object pointing to the base dir of the project.
  • branch: Branch containing code to be deployed.
  • domain: Primary domain of website. The database name and cache key prefix are derived from this value.
  • environments: A dictionary of environments, see below.
  • environment: The name of the active environment or "default".
  • host: SSH connection string (username@server)
  • remote: git remote name for the server. Only used for the fetch task.

Adding or overriding bundled tasks

For the sake of an example, suppose that additional processes should be restarted after deployment. A custom deploy task follows:

# ... continuing the fabfile above

def deploy(ctx):
    """Deploy once 🔥"""
    fl.deploy(ctx)  # Reuse
    with fl.Connection( as conn:, "systemctl --user restart other.service")



Instead of making existing tasks more flexible or configurable it’s preferable to contribute better building blocks resp. to improve existing buildings blocks to make it easier to build customized tasks inside projects. E.g. if you want to fmt additional paths it’s better to build your own fmt task and not add configuration variables to the config dictionary.

Multiple environments

If you need multiple environments, add environment tasks as follows:

import fh_fablib as fl

fl.config.update(base=fl.Path(__file__).parent, host="")

environments = [
            "domain": "",
            "branch": "main",
            "remote": "production",
            "domain": "",
            "branch": "next",
            "remote": "next",

ns = fl.Collection(*fl.GENERAL, *fl.NINE, *environments)

Now, fl production pull-db, fl next deploy and friends should work as expected.

Available tasks


  • bitbucket: Create a repository on Bitbucket and push the code
  • check: Check the coding style
  • cm: Compile the translation catalogs
  • deploy: Deploy once 🔥
  • dev: Run the development server for the frontend and backend
  • fetch: Ensure a remote exists for the server and fetch
  • fmt: Format the code
  • freeze: Freeze the virtualenv’s state
  • github: Create a repository on GitHub and push the code
  • hook: Install the pre-commit hook
  • local: Local environment setup
  • mm: Update the translation catalogs
  • pull-db: Pull a local copy of the remote DB and reset all passwords
  • pull-media: Rsync a folder from the remote to the local environment
  • reset-pw: Set all user passwords to "password"
  • update: Update virtualenv and node_modules to match the lockfiles
  • upgrade: Re-create the virtualenv with newest versions of all libraries


  • nine: Run all nine🌟 setup tasks in order
  • nine-alias-add: Add aliasses to a nine-manage-vhost virtual host
  • nine-alias-remove: Remove aliasses from a nine-manage-vhost virtual host
  • nine-checkout: Checkout the repository on the server
  • nine-db-dotenv: Create a database and initialize the .env. Currently assumes that the shell user has superuser rights (either through PGUSER and PGPASSWORD environment variables or through peer authentication)
  • nine-disable: Disable a virtual host, dump and remove the DB and stop the gunicorn@ unit
  • nine-reinit-from: Reinitialize an environment from a different environment
  • nine-restart: Restart the application server
  • nine-ssl: Activate SSL
  • nine-unit: Start and enable a gunicorn@ unit
  • nine-venv: Create a venv and install packages from requirements.txt
  • nine-vhost: Create a virtual host using nine-manage-vhosts

Building blocks

The following functions may be used to build your own tasks. They cannot be executed directly from the command line.

Running commands

  • run(c, ...): Wrapper around or which always sets a few useful arguments (echo=True, pty= True and replace_env=False at the time of writing)


  • _check_flake8(ctx): Run venv/bin/flake8
  • _check_django(ctx): Run Django’s checks
  • _check_prettier(ctx): Check whether the frontend code conforms to prettier’s formatting
  • _check_eslint(ctx): Run ESLint
  • _check_large_files(ctx): Check whether the commit would add large files.
  • _check_branch(ctx): Terminates if checked out branch does not match configuration.
  • _check_no_uncommitted_changes(ctx): Terminates if there are uncommitted changes on the server.


  • _fmt_black(ctx): Run black
  • _fmt_isort(ctx): Run isort
  • _fmt_prettier(ctx): Run prettier
  • _fmt_tox_style(ctx): Run tox -e style


  • _local_env(path=".env"): speckenv.env for a local env file
  • _srv_env(conn, path): speckenv.env for a remote env file
  • _python3(): Return the path of a Python 3 executable. Prefers newer Python versions.
  • _local_dotenv_if_not_exists(): Ensure a local .env with a few default values exists. Does nothing if .env exists already.
  • _local_dbname(): Ensure a local .env exists and return the database name.
  • _dbname_from_dsn(dsn): Extract the database name from a DSN.
  • _dbname_from_domain(domain): Mangle the domain to produce a string suitable as a database name, database user and cache key prefix.
  • _concurrently(ctx, jobs): Run a list of shell commands concurrently and wait for all of them to terminate (or Ctrl-C).
  • _random_string(length, chars=None): Return a random string of length, suitable for generating secret keys etc.
  • require(version): Terminate if fh_fablib is older.
  • terminate(msg): Terminate processing with an error message.


  • _deploy_django: Update the Git checkout, update the virtualenv.
  • _deploy_staticfiles: Collect staticfiles.
  • _rsync_static: rsync the local static/ folder to the remote, optionally deleting everything which doesn’t exist locally.
  • _nine_restart: Restart the systemd control unit.

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