Create database for Askbot

Askbot has been successfully tested with MySQL and PostgreSQL databases.


PostgreSQL is the preferred database for Askbot - because it offers great full text search functionality and supports transactions at the same time.

To use postgresql - install it (please see documentation elsewhere).

After you have the database inself, add python bindingngs to postgresql:

pip install psycopg2

To create a database, log in to postgresql as user postgres, create a user (if necessary), create a database, and enable the user account to log in to the database:

create role someuser with createdb login encrypted password `somepassword`;
create database somedb with owner=someuser;

Then edit file pg_hba.conf within your database installation and add a line as the first non-comment line or near, to make sure that this rule takes precedence:

local somedb someuser md5

Then restart the database server (probably as root user), the command may be:

/etc/init.d/postgresql restart


This section assumes that MySQL is installed and is up and running.

Once you have the database installed (please see manual elsewhere), add python bindings for mysql:

pip install mysql-python

Database can be prepared via your hosting control panel, if available, or can be created manually as shown below (using a high privilege MySQL account):

Log in to mysql:

mysql -u username -p

Then type these two commands (note that fake dbname, dbuser, and dbpassword are used in this example):

create database askbot DEFAULT CHARACTER SET UTF8 COLLATE utf8_general_ci;
grant all privileges on dbname.* to dbuser@localhost identified by 'dbpassword';

Again, please remember to create real usernname, database name and password and write them down. These credentials will go into the file - the main configuration file of the Django application.


Notation dbuser@hostname is important for security - normally you want to restrict access to the database to certain hosts only. localhost entry ensures that database cannot be accessed from remote hosts at all.