Saturday, March 8, 2014

Introduction to Apache Bloodhound - Installation

Briefly, Apache Bloodhound is a web based project management and bug tracking system written in "python". It is build on top of Trac (which is another open source web based project management and bug tracking system maintained by Edgewall Software) and it is Apache top level project developed and maintained by volunteer programmers at Apache Software Foundation

Here in this post I'm going to describe how to install and setup Apache Bloodhound in Ubuntu using python script. [For Windows users I found this video really helpful]

Installing Prerequisites

Install Python:

Download python from this page. Version should be between 2.6 and 3.0 (I have downloaded Python 2.7.6). Extract it to a preferred location.

tar -xJf Python-2.7.6.tar.xz
(Rename the filename appropriately)

Run following commands on the terminal to install python.(Some of them may require administrator access)

make test
make install

Install Setuptools:

You just need to run the following command in the terminal.

wget -O - | sudo python

Install pip:

Run the command on terminal to install pip using package managers.

sudo apt-get install python-pip

Install virtualenv:


pip install virtualenv

to install virtual environment.(Administrator access may require)

Install Database:

Although Apache Bloodhound supports many database systems currently the installer currently only sets up either SQLite or PostgreSQL databases.

If you are planning to use Apache Bloodhound for large production it will be better to install PostgreSQL otherwise it will be really easier for you to go on with SQLite.

Install and setup SQLite:

Download an appropriate SQLite version from here (Download sqlite-autoconf-3080300.tar.gz from "Source Code" section). Extract it to a preferred location.

tar xvfz sqlite-autoconf-3080300.tar.gz

Run following commands to build and install SQLite.

cd sqlite-autoconf-3080300
make install

Installing Apache Bloodhound

If you have followed the steps without facing any issue, congratulations! you have installed all the required prerequisites successfully. Now the next step is to build the product.

First checkout Apache Bloodhound from Apache subversion server using following command.

svn co bloodhound

Now run the following two commands to configure and setup the environment.

cd bloodhound/installer
virtualenv --system-site-packages bloodhound

To enable the virtual environment run the following command.

source ./bloodhound/bin/activate

Now you should be able to see that the shell has activated a virtual environment like follows.

Now to install the required python packages run,

pip install -r requirements-dev.txt

Now you are at the final stage. Run the following command to setup bloodhound.


Shell will ask the following question,

Answer n as you had installed SQLite. Then the shell will ask for an admin user name and password. Provide them as you prefer.

Now you are all set to run Bloodhound. Your final step is to run,

tracd ./bloodhound/environments/main --port=8000 

and check at,


Now you should be able to see the welcome page of Apache Bloodhound.