1. Introduction

This documentation explains how to setup the Taiga development environment.

The Taiga platform consists of three main components:

  • taiga-back (backend/api)

  • taiga-front (frontend)

  • taiga-events (websockets gateway) (optional)

And each one has its own dependencies, at compile time and runtime.

2. Before starting

This tutorial assumes that you are using a clean, recently updated, ubuntu 16.04 image. Notes for Debian installations are included at the end of the appropriate sections.

Taiga installation must be done with a "normal" user, never with root.

3. Backend environment

This section helps with the download and configuration of the backend (api) Taiga service.

3.1. Install dependencies

The backend is written mainly in python (3.6) but for some third party libraries we need to install a C compiler and development headers.

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential binutils-doc autoconf flex bison libjpeg-dev
sudo apt-get install -y libfreetype6-dev zlib1g-dev libzmq3-dev libgdbm-dev libncurses5-dev
sudo apt-get install -y automake libtool libffi-dev libssl-dev curl git tmux gettext

3.2. Setup a database

taiga-back also requires postgresql (>= 9.4) as a database

Install postgresql:

sudo apt-get install -y postgresql postgresql-contrib
sudo apt-get install -y postgresql-doc postgresql-server-dev-all

And setup the initial user, database, and permissions:

sudo -u postgres psql -c "CREATE ROLE taiga LOGIN PASSWORD 'changeme';"
sudo -u postgres createdb taiga -O taiga --encoding='utf-8' --locale=en_US.utf8 --template=template0
echo 'local all taiga peer' | sudo -u postgres tee -a $(sudo -u postgres psql -t -P format=unaligned -c 'show hba_file') > /dev/null
sudo service postgresql reload

3.3. Setup python environment

To run taiga-back you should have python (>=3.6) installed along with some other third party libraries. As a first step, start installing python:

sudo apt-get install -y python3 python3-pip python3-virtualenv python-dev python3-dev python-pip python-virtualenv
sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt-dev
Between November 2018 and May 2020, taiga-back relied on pipenv to manage dependencies and its virtualenv. Currently, taiga-back uses pip and pip-tools to manage dependecies and venv to create its virtualenv.

The next step is to download the code from GitHub and install its dependencies:

Download the code
cd ~
git clone https://github.com/kaleidos-ventures/taiga-back.git taiga-back
cd taiga-back
git checkout main
Create a new virtualenv, activate it and install taiga-back base requirements
python -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
python -m pip install --upgrade pip setuptools wheel
python -m pip install --upgrade pip-tools
We are using the venv module, included in the standard library, to manage the taiga-back virtual environmnent but you can choose other ways to manage the virtual environment like virtualenvwrapper or pew.
Install dependencies
python -m pip install -r requirements.txt -r requirements-devel.txt
Adjust Django Configuration

You can tune your own environment configuration by editing a settings/local.py configuration file to overwrite any setting in settings/common.py.

For a basic configuration that works with these instructions, simply copy settings/local.py.example to settings/local.py (but remember to edit your postgresql password, to match what you picked for the CREATE ROLE taiga LOGIN PASSWORD command above).

Otherwise, just put this in your own ~/taiga-back/settings/local.py

from .common import *

Populate the database with initial basic data
python manage.py migrate --noinput
python manage.py loaddata initial_user
python manage.py loaddata initial_project_templates
python manage.py compilemessages
python manage.py collectstatic --noinput
python manage.py sample_data

This creates a new user admin with password 123123 and some sample data.

3.4. Run

To run the development environment you can run:

python manage.py runserver

Then you should be able to see a json represention of the list of endpoints at the url http://localhost:8000/api/v1/

3.5. Async tasks (Optional)

The default behavior in Taiga is to do all tasks synchronously, but some of them can be completely asynchronous (for example webhooks or import/export). To do this, you have to configure and install the celery service requirements.

Install rabbitmq-server and redis-server:

sudo apt-get install -y rabbitmq-server redis-server

To run celery with Taiga you have to include the following line in your local.py:


You can configure other broker or results backends as needed. If you need more info about configuration you can check the celery documentation web page: http://docs.celeryproject.org/en/latest/index.html

Once you have configured celery on Taiga, you have to run celery to process the tasks. You can run celery with:

python -m celery -A taiga worker -l info -E

3.6. Debian installation notes

Debian stable (Jessie) provides all needed requirements, but old-stable (Wheezy) does not.

The latest Python available from Wheezy’s apt repositories is only 3.1 and insufficient for taiga-back. Python 3.6 is available from stable (Jessie) if you are comfortable using mixed versions in your apt sources. Otherwise, you must build Python 3.6 from source (see https://www.python.org/downloads/source/ for links). When building from source, if the bz2 development libraries are not already present on your system, then you must first:

sudo apt-get install libbz2-dev

Or else Python will build without the bz2 module necessary for some pip installed requirements.

The latest Postgresql available for Wheezy is 9.1, but a fully Wheezy-compatible 9.4 build is available from the official Postgresql apt repositories, however:

echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt/ wheezy-pgdg main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update

4. Frontend environment

This section helps you install the frontend application

4.1. Install dependencies

The frontend application runs entirely in a browser, and thus must be deployed as javascript, css and html. In the case of taiga-front we have used other languages. Because of this, you will need to install some additional dependencies that compile taiga-front code into something the browser can understand.

4.1.1. NodeJS and friends

NodeJS is used to execute gulp, a task execution tool used mainly for executing deployment and compilation tasks.

Install nodejs
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs npm
Make sure your bash responds to the node command to have a smooth installation of gulp

If you get a "Command not found" error, then run

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/node nodejs /usr/bin/nodejs 100

(If you’re on Debian, see the Debian-specific installation notes below.)

Install gulp using the recently installed npm
sudo npm install -g gulp
Download the code
cd ~
git clone https://github.com/kaleidos-ventures/taiga-front.git taiga-front
cd taiga-front
git checkout stable
Install all dependencies needed to run gulp and compile taiga-front
npm install

4.2. Debian installation notes

While Debian stable (Jessie), provides a nodejs package out of the box, old-stable (Wheezy) does not. You can access one via the wheezy-backports apt repository, however, which can be added to your system as follows:

echo "deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

Then, after a:

sudo apt-get update

You can:

sudo apt-get install nodejs

Note that Debian installs the executable as nodejs not node, so you will need to provide this alias by issuing the following command:

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/node nodejs /usr/bin/nodejs 100

Stable (Jessie) also provides an npm package, but npm is not available for old-stable (Wheezy), not even from wheezy-backports. Thus, you will need to install it manually via:

curl https://www.npmjs.com/install.sh | sudo sh

4.3. Final steps

Having installed all the dependencies, all you have left to do is to run the code itself.

cd ~/taiga-front
npm start

And now, you can configure it copying the dist/conf.example.json to dist/conf.json and editing it.

Copy and edit initial configuration on ~/taiga-front/dist/conf.json
    "api": "http://localhost:8000/api/v1/",
    "eventsUrl": null,
    "eventsMaxMissedHeartbeats": 5,
    "eventsHeartbeatIntervalTime": 60000,
    "debug": true,
    "debugInfo": false,
    "defaultLanguage": "en",
    "themes": ["taiga"],
    "defaultTheme": "taiga",
    "publicRegisterEnabled": true,
    "feedbackEnabled": true,
    "privacyPolicyUrl": null,
    "termsOfServiceUrl": null,
    "maxUploadFileSize": null,
    "contribPlugins": []


Now, you can access http://localhost:9001 for access to taiga-front.

If you have npm errors when executing gulp delete the tmp files and install the dependencies again.
rm -rf ~/.npm; rm -rf node_modules
npm install

5. Events installation

This step is completelly optional and can be skipped

Taiga events needs rabbitmq (the message broker) to be installed

Installing rabbitmq
sudo  apt-get install rabbitmq-server
Creating a rabbitmquser named taiga and virtualhost for rabbitmq
sudo rabbitmqctl add_user rabbitmquser rabbitmqpassword
sudo rabbitmqctl add_vhost taiga
sudo rabbitmqctl set_permissions -p taiga rabbitmquser ".*" ".*" ".*"
Update your taiga-back settings to include the following lines in your local.py:
EVENTS_PUSH_BACKEND = "taiga.events.backends.rabbitmq.EventsPushBackend"
EVENTS_PUSH_BACKEND_OPTIONS = {"url": "amqp://rabbitmquser:rabbitmqpassword@rabbitmqhost:5672/taiga"}

The next step is downloading the code from GitHub and installing the dependencies:

Download the code
cd ~
git clone https://github.com/kaleidos-ventures/taiga-events.git taiga-events
cd taiga-events
Install all the javascript dependencies needed
npm install
sudo npm install -g coffee-script
Copy config.example.json to config.json and edit it to update the values for your rabbitmq uri and secret key.
cp config.example.json config.json
Your config.json should look something like:
    "url": "amqp://rabbitmquser:rabbitmqpassword@rabbitmqhost:5672/taiga",
    "secret": "taiga-back-secret-key",
    "webSocketServer": {
        "port": 8888
Now run the taiga events service
coffee index.coffee