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Ptah is a fast, fun, open source high-level Python web development environment.

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Ptah is a fast, fun, open source high-level Python web development environment. Ptah is built on top of the Pyramid web framework. Ptah’s goal is to make developing interactive web sites and applications fun. Ptah aims to fill a void in the Pyramid eco-system, a “full stack” environment which is well integrated and provides opinions (forms, management ui, models, etc).

Ptah is loosely affiliated with the Pyramid, Django, Drupal and Zope/Plone communities.

Most documentation requires Ptah 0.3 or greater.

You can read the ptah documentation on-line at


  • Python 2.6+ or Python 3.2+

  • virtualenv

Note for Windows Users

On Windows virtualenv/bin will be virtualenv/Scripts besides this difference everything else below is the same.

Grab the release

If you do not want to faff about with source, cloning repos, etc. Just grab the latest released version of ptah.

$ /path/to/virtualenv/bin/pip install ptah

Ptah from source

If you want the latest and greatest you need to grab code from source.

clone ptah from github and then install it:

$ /path/to/virtualenv/bin/python develop

then run the tests:

$ /path/to/virtualenv/bin/python test

An empty project

Let’s generate a empty project using the ptah_starter scaffolding. You can start from there:

/path/to/virtualenv $ bin/pcreate -t ptah_starter myapp
/path/to/virtualenv $ cd myapp
/path/to/virtualenv/myapp $ ../bin/python develop
/path/to/virtaulenv/myapp $ ../bin/pserve settings.ini --reload

Open your browser to http://localhost:6543/ if you want examples that do more such as demonstrating editing models and authentication. Check out the examples.


There are several example applications ready for you to install and see Ptah in action. You can find them in the examples repository at github.

Support and Documentation

Ptahproject google groups/mailing list, Ptahproject Google Groups

On irc, use the freenode network and find us on channels, #ptahproject and #pyramid.

Documentation can be found in docs directory. You can also see it online at

Report bugs at Ptahproject @ Github

Known Issues

On some versions of Ubuntu you may get Python 2.7 exiting stating it has “Aborted.” There is a bug in ctypes on that particular Ubuntu platform.


Ptah is offered under the BSD3 license.


Ptah is written by Python enthusiasts who refuse to compromise.


0.4.0 (2012-04-06)


  • Added html5 file api support in FileField

  • alembic 0.2.x

  • twitter bootstrap 2.0

  • CKEditor (instead of tinymce)

0.3.3 (2012-01-31)


  • Added ptah.enable_modules setting, list of enabled management modules.

  • Require alembic 0.1.1

Bug fixes

  • Encode content-type header for blob data rest action

  • Do not use request for application factories in applications rest action. It brakes security for current root object.

0.3.2 (2012-01-20)

  • JQuery 1.7.1

Bug fixes

  • Check migration version information only if sqla has been configured.

  • Run ptah.shutdown() before exit from process.

0.3.1 (2012-01-19)


  • Added voc_factory attribute to VocabularyField

Bug fixes

  • Stop process if current revisions are different from head revisions.

  • Execute POPULATE_DB_SCHEMA populate step instead of all populate steps during migration.

0.3.0 (2012-01-12)


  • Added data migration subsystem. It is documented in the “Data migration” chapter.

  • Added data population subsystem. It is documented in the “Data population” chapter.

  • Added a ptah-migrate script. It is documented in the “Command-Line utilities” chapter.

  • Added a ptah-populate script. It is documented in the “Command-Line utilities” chapter.

  • Added a default_roles setting. It defines list of roles for principal.

  • Its possible to start ptah without database.

  • Added json dict column ptah_nodes.annotations.

  • Removed ptah_content table columns, view, creators, subjects, publisher, contributors.

Bug Fixes

  • MySQL Compatibility #116

0.2.1 (2011-12-28)


  • Added python2.6 support.

  • Added a ptah-manage script. It is documented in the “Command-Line utilities” chapter.

  • Fixed mail template generation on python3

0.2 (2011-12-21)

  • require pyramid 1.3

0.1.1 (2011-12-05)

  • Fix rst renderer

0.1 (2011-11-19)

  • Initial release

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