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Political Memory is a toolbox designed by La Quadrature du Net to help european citizens to reach members of European Parliament (MEPs), and track their voting records.

Installation for development[edit]

Memopol with lqdn's customization is little bit more complex to install than a normal django project, but not that much more complicated.

Since the entire historic of MEPs and votes is kept, the install will be long.

Architecture specific[edit]

Debian and debian-based[edit]

Install the base python virtualenv tools (on Ubuntu you have to enable universe):

   sudo apt-get install python-setuptools python-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libfreetype6-dev libpng12-dev python-pip
   libatlas-base-dev g++ mercurial git libtidy-dev imagemagick ruby-sass
   sudo pip install virtualenv


Install the following to have the tools on Archlinux (please note that you may have to adapt the following install procedure):

   pacman -S python2 libxml2 libxslt freetype2 python-lxml python2-pip python2-virtualenv libpng mercurial git imagemagick
   tidyhtml ruby-sass


Install the following to have the tools on Fedora (please note that you may have to adapt the following install procedure):

   yum install python-setuptools python-devel libxml2-devel libxslt-devel freetype freetype-devel libpng libpng-devel python-lxml
   python-pip atlas-devel g++ mercurial git imagemagick rubygem-sass
   pip-python install virtualenv


Install the following to have the tools on OpenSuse (please note that you may have to adapt the following install procedure):

   to come...

Python dependencies[edit]

In a directory:

   git clone git://
   git clone git://
   cd memopol2-0
   ln -s ../memopol-core/memopol .
   virtualenv ve
   source ve/bin/activate
   pip install -r requirements-dev.txt
   pip install -r ../memopol-core/requirements.txt


To enter the virtualenv

   source ve/bin/activate

To quit the virtualenv


Build the db[edit]

Db creation[edit]

For debug installations, you could keep the sqlite3 database as is. But for production environment you should modify the file in order to select another DB engine.


   python init

You will have an error like this "ContentType matching query does not exist.", just redo the command a second time and this will be working. This is a known bug that we haven't got the time to fix.

Db update[edit]

You'll probably want to run this command to update your database:

   python update_meps

And you should be done.

Run the server[edit]

   python runserver

Your application is available on http://localhost:8000/

And you're done, but you might want to take a look at the next section depending on what you want to dev.

You can find more informations on how to use memopol in the memopol-core [](