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Content Hub leverages Python and JavaScript* libraries (including jQuery*, Django*, etc) as a browser-based framework. As a result, it is independent of the operating system or HTTP server. But until now, we haven't done any validation on operating systems except the Linux* family of OSes. So Content Hub is not verified to run properly on Windows or other operating systems.

Content Hub is fully tested on the Ubuntu distribution (specifically Ubuntu 12.04), and it is planned to support the OpenWRT system in the future.

We tested the HTTP server with lighttpd. There is no problem if you choose another HTTP server, assuming you have some knowledge about HTTP server configuration for Python/CGI and Django, etc.

We list some comments below for environment setup with Ubuntu and lighttpd.

Install dependencies

Content Hub depends on jQuery, Django, and other Python or JavaScript packages. You must install these packages before running Content Hub. Below you can find the setup commands with the recommended versions of the dependencies.

dpkg -i python-setuptools_3.3-1ubuntu1_all.deb 
easy_install --upgrade pip 
dpkg -i libssl1.0.0_1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.15_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libssl-dev_1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.15_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libpython2.7-minimal_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libpython2.7-stdlib_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libpython2.7_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libpython2.7-dev_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libpython-dev_2.7.5-5ubuntu3_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i python2.7-minimal_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i python2.7_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i python2.7-dev_2.7.6-8ubuntu0.2_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i libpython-dev_2.7.5-5ubuntu3_amd64.deb 
dpkg -i python-dev_2.7.5-5ubuntu3_amd64.deb 
pip install -U Fabric==1.8.2 
pip install -U django-celery==3.1.16 
pip install -U celery==3.1.17 
pip install -U kombu==3.0.24 
pip install -U amqp==1.4.6 
pip install -U anyjson==0.3.3 
pip install -U argparse==1.2.1 
pip install -U beautifulsoup4==4.3.2 
pip install -U billiard== 
pip install -U django-angular==0.7.5 
pip install -U six==1.7.3 
pip install -U django-autocomplete-light==1.4.14 
pip install -U django-filter==0.7 
pip install -U django-rest-swagger==0.1.14 
pip install -U djangorestframework==2.3.14 
pip install -U django-windows-tools==0.1.1 
pip install -U Django==1.6.5 
pip install -U httpretty==0.8.0 
pip install -U urllib3==1.10.4 
pip install -U lxml==3.3.6 
pip install -U mock==1.0.1 
pip install -U paramiko==1.12.2 
pip install -U pytz==2014.10 
pip install -U requests==2.2.1 
pip install -U South==1.0.2 
pip install -U wsgiref==0.1.2 
pip install flup 


Install Content Hub

  • 1. Copy the Content Hub source code to the device which is to be used as the Content Hub server.
  • 2. Remove the old version with the following commands:
$ rm -rf /srv/easyconnect/ 
$ rm -rf /srv/static/ 
  • 3. Install the new version:

$ cd Content_Hub_2.0.1/ $ cp -r /easyconnect/ /srv/ $ cp -r /static/ /srv/

  • 4. Add the auto-ingestion directory:
 $ mkdir /media/preloaded/auto 
  • 5. Add the database backup directory:
 $ mkdir /media/preloaded/dbbak 

lighttpd configuration

Add the corresponding configuration in lighttpd.conf as shown below:


 $SERVER["socket"] == ":80" 
     server.document-root = "/srv/easyconnect/" 
     fastcgi.server = ( 
         "/content.fcgi" => ( 
              "main" => ( "socket" => "/tmp/content.sock", "check-local" => "disable", ) 
     alias.url = ( "/media" => "/srv/media/", "/static" => "/srv/static/", ) 
     url.rewrite-once = ( "^(/media.*)$" => "$1", "^(/static.*)$" => "$1", "^(/.*)$" => "/content.fcgi$1", ) 

Launch Content Hub

  • 1. Collect the static source and launch Content Hub with the following commands:
#cd /srv/easyconnect
#python collectstatic 
#python runfcgi method=prefork
  • 2. Find another computer and make sure this computer can access the server on which you launched Content Hub. Open a web browser on the computer and try to access the URL: "http://my.content"