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Piano. Beginner friendly Plone development.

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Piano. Beginner friendly Plone development.



You should have the build tools and Plone dependencies installed.

If you’re on Debian or Ubuntu with sudo privileges, We’ve simplified this for you. Just run one of the commands below:

For Debian:

wget -qO- | bash

For Ubuntu:

wget -qO- | bash

Quick Install

To install piano quickly, run the following commands:

wget -qO- | bash
source ~/.bashrc

This will use pipsi to install the relevant packages in user space. It also ensures that piano is using the most up-to-date version of setuptools.

Longer Install

We prefer and recommend pipsi.

Once you have pipsi, run:

pipsi install for-beginner-piano
~/.local/venvs/for-beginner-piano/bin/pip install -U setuptools


To create a new Plone buildout project

Use the subcommand newbuildout to create a buildout project.

For example, if your project will be called my-plone-site:

piano newbuildout my-plone-site

You’ll see output similar to this:

Creating virtualenv... (my-plone-site)
Installing Buildout...
Downloading installer (
Unpacking installer...
Unpacking cache...
Installing eggs...
Installing cmmi & dist...
Configuring cache...
Running Buildout...

Installing non default versions

For the latest Plone 5 site you could do the following:

wget; source p5
piano newbuildout plone5-site

for the latest Plone 4 site:

wget; source p4
piano newbuildout plone4-site

OR if you prefer the more manual approach, here’s an example of installing Plone 5 (note the use of the special PIANO environment variables:

export PIANO_UNIFIEDINSTALLER_DIR=Plone-5.0a2-UnifiedInstaller

then run:

piano newbuildout myplone5

Creating a Plone add-on

This is not working yet, but:

piano newaddon myaddon

(coming soon, this command doesn’t work yet)


piano is created and managed by David Bain, it is built on top of plock which was created and maintained by Alex Clark.


0.3.1 (2015-02-08)

  • fixed a bug where alternative plone installs were not cleaning up after themeselves properly

0.3.0 (2015-02-08)

  • added support for installation of alternative plone versions by setting special env variables

0.2.16 (2015-02-04)

  • updated the README

  • looks for unified installer in the ~/.buildout cache first. does not re-download unified installer

0.2.15 (2015-02-02)

  • fixed flake8 issues

0.2.12 (2015-02-02)

  • made adjustments to README

0.2.3 (2015-02-02)

  • added

  • added README and CHANGES to long description of

0.2.2 (2015-02-02)

  • now unpacks unified installer cache to ~/.buildout/

  • creates ~/.buildout/default.cfg file

  • keeps a cache based on settings in default.cfg, cache is, by default ~/.buildout/[eggs|downloads|extends-cache]

0.2.1 (2015-02-01)

  • fix broken release

0.2.0 (2015-02-01)

  • added and documented quick install script

  • added Change log

0.1.0 (2015-02-01)

  • Initial release

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