Trac Installation Guide for 1.5
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Trac is written in the Python programming language and needs a database, SQLite, PostgreSQL, or MySQL. For HTML rendering, Trac uses the Jinja2 templating system, though Genshi templates are supported until Trac 1.5.1.
Trac can also be localized, and there is probably a translation available in your language. If you want to use the Trac interface in other languages, then make sure you have installed the optional package Babel. Pay attention to the extra steps for localization support in the Installing Trac section below. Lacking Babel, you will only get the default English version.
If you're interested in contributing new translations for other languages or enhancing the existing translations, please have a look at TracL10N.
What follows are generic instructions for installing and setting up Trac. While you may find instructions for installing Trac on specific systems at TracInstallPlatforms, please first read through these general instructions to get a good understanding of the tasks involved.
- Installing Trac
- Creating a Project Environment
- Deploying Trac
- Configuring Authentication
- Granting admin rights to the admin user
- Configuring Trac
- Using Trac
To install Trac, the following software packages must be installed:
You also need a database system and the corresponding python bindings. The database can be either SQLite, PostgreSQL or MySQL.
For the SQLite database
You already have the SQLite database bindings bundled with the standard distribution of Python (the
For the PostgreSQL database
You need to install the database and its Python bindings:
See DatabaseBackend for details.
For the MySQL database
Trac works well with MySQL, provided you use the following:
Given the caveats and known issues surrounding MySQL, read carefully the MySqlDb page before creating the database.
Subversion, 1.14.x or later and the corresponding Python bindings.
For troubleshooting information, see the TracSubversion page.
Other Version Control Systems
A web server is optional because Trac is shipped with a server included, see the Running the Standalone Server section below.
Alternatively you can configure Trac to run in any of the following environments:
- Apache with
- a FastCGI-capable web server (see TracFastCgi)
- an AJP-capable web server (see TracOnWindowsIisAjp)
- Microsoft IIS with FastCGI and a FastCGI-to-WSGI gateway (see IIS with FastCGI)
- a CGI-capable web server (see TracCgi), but usage of Trac as a cgi script is highly discouraged, better use one of the previous options.
Other Python Packages
- Babel, version >= 2.2, needed for localization support
- pytz to get a complete list of time zones, otherwise Trac will fall back on a shorter list from an internal time zone implementation. Installing Babel will install pytz.
- docutils, version >= 0.14, for WikiRestructuredText.
- Pygments, version >= 1.0, for syntax highlighting.
- Textile, version >= 2.3, for rendering the Textile markup language.
- passlib on Windows to decode htpasswd formats other than
- pyreadline on Windows for trac-admin command completion.
Please refer to the documentation of these packages to find out how they are best installed. In addition, most of the platform-specific instructions also describe the installation of the dependencies. Keep in mind however that the information there probably concern older versions of Trac than the one you're installing.
The trac-admin command-line tool, used to create and maintain project environments, as well as the tracd standalone server are installed along with Trac. There are several methods for installing Trac.
It is assumed throughout this guide that you have elevated permissions as the
root user or by prefixing commands with
sudo. The umask
0002 should be used for a typical installation on a Unix-based platform.
pip is the modern Python package manager and is included in Python distributions.
pip will automatically
resolve the required dependencies (Jinja2 and
setuptools) and download the latest packages from pypi.org.
You can also install directly from a source package. You can obtain the source in a tar or zip from the TracDownload page. After extracting the archive, change to the directory containing
setup.py and run:
$ pip install .
pip supports numerous other install mechanisms. It can be passed the URL of an archive or other download location. Here are some examples:
- Install the latest stable version from a zip archive:
$ pip install https://download.edgewall.org/trac/Trac-latest.zip
- Install the latest development version from a tar archive:
$ pip install https://download.edgewall.org/trac/Trac-latest-dev.tar.gz
- Install the unreleased 1.4-stable from subversion:
$ pip install svn+https://svn.edgewall.org/repos/trac/branches/1.2-stable
- Install the latest development preview (not recommended for production installs):
$ pip install --find-links=https://trac.edgewall.org/wiki/TracDownload Trac
The optional dependencies can be installed from PyPI using
$ pip install babel docutils pygments textile
The optional dependencies can alternatively be
specified using the
extras keys in the setup file:
$ pip install Trac[babel,rest,pygments,textile]
rest is the extra that installs the
psycopg2-binary in the
list if using the MySQL or PostgreSQL database.
On Windows, Trac can be installed using the exe installers available on the TracDownload page. Installers are available for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Python. Make sure to use the installer that matches the architecture of your Python installation.
Using package manager
Trac may be available in your platform's package repository. However, your package manager may not provide the latest release of Trac.
Creating a Project Environment
A Trac environment is the backend where Trac stores information like wiki pages, tickets, reports, settings, etc. An environment is a directory that contains a human-readable configuration file, and other files and directories.
A new environment is created using trac-admin:
$ trac-admin /path/to/myproject initenv
trac-admin will prompt you for the information it needs to create the environment: the name of the project and the database connection string. If you're not sure what to specify for any of these options, just press
<Enter> to use the default value.
Using the default database connection string will always work as long as you have SQLite installed. For the other database backends you should plan ahead and already have a database ready to use at this point.
Finally, make sure the user account under which the web front-end runs will have write permissions to the environment directory and all the files inside. This will be the case if you run
trac-admin ... initenv as this user. If not, you should set the correct user afterwards. For example on Linux, with the web server running as user
apache and group
$ chown -R apache:apache /path/to/myproject
The actual username and groupname of the apache server may not be exactly
apache, and are specified in the Apache configuration file by the directives
Group (if Apache
httpd is what you use).
Warning: Please only use ASCII-characters for account name and project path, unicode characters are not supported there.
Running the Standalone Server
After having created a Trac environment, you can easily try the web interface by running the standalone server tracd:
$ tracd --port 8000 /path/to/myproject
Then, open a browser and visit
http://localhost:8000/. You should get a simple listing of all environments that
tracd knows about. Follow the link to the environment you just created, and you should see Trac in action. If you only plan on managing a single project with Trac you can have the standalone server skip the environment list by starting it like this:
$ tracd -s --port 8000 /path/to/myproject
Running Trac on a Web Server
Trac provides various options for connecting to a "real" web server:
- Apache with mod_wsgi
- Apache with mod_python
- CGI (should not be used, as the performance is far from optimal)
Generating the Trac cgi-bin directory
Application scripts for CGI, FastCGI and mod-wsgi can be generated using the trac-admin
deploy <directory> Extract static resources from Trac and all plugins
Grant the web server execution right on scripts in the
For example, the following yields a typical directory structure:
$ mkdir -p /var/trac $ trac-admin /var/trac/<project> initenv $ trac-admin /var/trac/<project> deploy /var/www $ ls /var/www cgi-bin htdocs $ chmod ugo+x /var/www/cgi-bin/*
Mapping Static Resources
Without additional configuration, Trac will handle requests for static resources such as stylesheets and images. For anything other than a TracStandalone deployment, this is not optimal as the web server can be set up to directly serve the static resources. For CGI setup, this is highly undesirable as it causes abysmal performance.
Web servers such as Apache allow you to create Aliases to resources, giving them a virtual URL that doesn't necessarily reflect their location on the file system. We can map requests for static resources directly to directories on the file system, to avoid Trac processing the requests.
There are two primary URL paths for static resources:
/chrome/site. Plugins can add their own resources, usually accessible at the
/chrome alias can used if the static resources are extracted for all plugins. This means that the
deploy command (discussed in the previous section) must be executed after installing or updating a plugin that provides static resources, or after modifying resources in the
$env/htdocs directory. This is probably appropriate for most installations but may not be what you want if, for example, you wish to upload plugins through the Plugins administration page.
deploy command creates an
htdocs directory with:
common/- the static resources of Trac
site/- a copy of the environment's
shared- the static resources shared by multiple Trac environments, with a location defined by the
<plugin>/- one directory for each resource directory provided by the plugins enabled for this environment
The example that follows will create a single
/chrome alias. If that isn't the correct approach for your installation you simply need to create more specific aliases:
Alias /trac/chrome/common /path/to/trac/htdocs/common Alias /trac/chrome/site /path/to/trac/htdocs/site Alias /trac/chrome/shared /path/to/trac/htdocs/shared Alias /trac/chrome/<plugin> /path/to/trac/htdocs/<plugin>
Example: Apache and
Assuming the deployment has been done this way:
$ trac-admin /var/trac/<project> deploy /var/www
Add the following snippet to Apache configuration, changing paths to match your deployment. The snippet must be placed before the
WSGIScriptAlias directive, because those directives map all requests to the Trac application:
Alias /trac/chrome /path/to/trac/htdocs <Directory "/path/to/www/trac/htdocs"> # For Apache 2.2 <IfModule !mod_authz_core.c> Order allow,deny Allow from all </IfModule> # For Apache 2.4 <IfModule mod_authz_core.c> Require all granted </IfModule> </Directory>
If using mod_python, add this too, otherwise the alias will be ignored:
<Location "/trac/chrome/common"> SetHandler None </Location>
Alternatively, if you wish to serve static resources directly from your project's
htdocs directory rather than the location to which the files are extracted with the
deploy command, you can configure Apache to serve those resources. Again, put this before the
WSGIScriptAlias for the .*cgi scripts, and adjust names and locations to match your installation:
Alias /trac/chrome/site /path/to/projectenv/htdocs <Directory "/path/to/projectenv/htdocs"> # For Apache 2.2 <IfModule !mod_authz_core.c> Order allow,deny Allow from all </IfModule> # For Apache 2.4 <IfModule mod_authz_core.c> Require all granted </IfModule> </Directory>
Another alternative to aliasing
/trac/chrome/common is having Trac generate direct links for those static resources (and only those), using the trac.htdocs_location configuration setting:
[trac] htdocs_location = http://static.example.org/trac-common/
Note that this makes it easy to have a dedicated domain serve those static resources, preferentially cookie-less.
Of course, you still need to make the Trac
htdocs/common directory available through the web server at the specified URL, for example by copying (or linking) the directory into the document root of the web server:
$ ln -s /path/to/trac/htdocs/common /var/www/static.example.org/trac-common
Setting up the Plugin Cache
Some Python plugins need to be extracted to a cache directory. By default the cache resides in the home directory of the current user. When running Trac on a Web Server as a dedicated user (which is highly recommended) who has no home directory, this might prevent the plugins from starting. To override the cache location you can set the
PYTHON_EGG_CACHE environment variable. Refer to your server documentation for detailed instructions on how to set environment variables.
Trac uses HTTP authentication. You'll need to configure your webserver to request authentication when the
.../login URL is hit (the virtual path of the "login" button). Trac will automatically pick the
REMOTE_USER variable up after you provide your credentials. Therefore, all user management goes through your web server configuration. Please consult the documentation of your web server for more info.
The process of adding, removing, and configuring user accounts for authentication depends on the specific way you run Trac.
Please refer to one of the following sections:
- TracStandalone#UsingAuthentication if you use the standalone server,
- TracModWSGI#ConfiguringAuthentication if you use the Apache web server, with any of its front end:
- TracFastCgi if you're using another web server with FCGI support (Cherokee, Lighttpd, LiteSpeed, nginx)
TracAuthenticationIntroduction also contains some useful information for beginners.
Granting admin rights to the admin user
Grant admin rights to user admin:
$ trac-admin /path/to/myproject permission add admin TRAC_ADMIN
This user will have an Admin navigation item that directs to pages for administering your Trac project.
Configuration options are documented on the TracIni page.
TracRepositoryAdmin provides information on configuring version control repositories for your project.
In addition to the optional version control backends, Trac provides several optional features that are disabled by default:
- Fine-grained permission policy
- Custom permissions
- Ticket deletion
- Ticket cloning
- Ticket changeset references
Once you have your Trac site up and running, you should be able to create tickets, view the timeline, browse your version control repository if configured, etc.
Keep in mind that anonymous (not logged in) users can by default access only a few of the features, in particular they will have a read-only access to the resources. You will need to configure authentication and grant additional permissions to authenticated users to see the full set of features.