Initialization and upgrade of the database for Askbot

When you install Askbot the first time and any time you upgrade the software, run these two commands:

python migrate

Changed in version 0.11.0-timewarp: syncdb has been removed from django 1.9. Must be replaced with migrate. python syncdb must now read python migrate

Changed in version 0.7.21: When the script asks you if you want to create a superuser, answer yes if you want to create one. By default Askbot sets admin status(superuser) for the first user created automatically but also supports this form.

Deprecated since version 0.7.21: When the script asks you if you want to create a superuser, answer no.

Then run:

python migrate askbot
python migrate django_authopenid #embedded login application


When upgrading - do not skip to back up the database before proceeding!!! Things can break and it is better to be safe than sorry. Even better - do run two installations of your project - one for production deployment and the second one - for testing the upgrade. When you are sure that your upgrade works, just switch the testing installation for the former production one.

Now run the Django development server and check that everything works:

python runserver `hostname -i`:8000 #or use some other port number > 1024


hostname -i is a Unix command returning the IP address of your system, you can also type the IP manually or replace it with word localhost if you are installing askbot on a local machine.

Connect to the Django development server with your Web browser. The address is the name (or IP address) of your site followed by “:8000” (or whatever port number you chose above). Once the fresh copy of Askbot appears in your browser, create a new account at the site. This will be your administrator account.

Deprecated since version 0.7.20: Finally, turn the newly added user into a superuser by running::

python add_admin 1

New in version 0.7.20: In the new version of Askbot the first user you create on the site will be added as administrator.

Here number 1 is the numeric id of the first user, enter a different number, if it is indeed different.

Your basic installation is now complete. Many settings can be changed at runtime by following url /settings.

If you choose to host a real website, please read section Deploying Askbot.