Updated 03/02/2014

STEP 0a - System preparation - Installing Python with PIP

  1. Install python 2.7
  2. For windows, you need to install pip using the script.

STEP 0b - Checkout the mewlo repository from GIT

  1. It is recommended that a Git client be utilized with this project. The project is hosted at the GitHub URL below, and

    tools like SmartGit, or the GitHub desktop client can help synchronize code changes between developers.

  2. Mewlo GIT repository is at

STEP 1 - Create the Mewlo virtual environment

  • Install virtualenv:

    Via the command line, browse to your python path. Change to the scripts folder and run the following command:

    pip.exe install virtualenv

  • Setup the Mewlo Virtual Environment

    • Create the virtual environment by invoking the virtualenv command:

      • C:\coding\python\scripts\virtualenv.exe –no-site-packages mewloenv

      ** NOTE: Replace the “C:\coding” folder with your python path **

    • Setup a batch file (Windows) to launch the mewlo development environment

      • In a blank text file, insert the following command
        • start “c:\coding\python27\scripts\mewloenv\scripts\activate.bat”
      • Save the file as mewlo.bat and place it wherever you need it for rapid access

STEP 2 - Adding Mewlo directory to python path

The next step in the process is to setup python to recognize where the top-level folder for Mewlo resides. This will come in handy when you execute commands like “import mewlo.mpacks”.

  • Create a blank file in the C:\Coding\Python27\scripts\virtualenv\mewloenv\scripts\ folder named myextra_sitepackages.pth
  • Inside of this file, add the path to your mewlo source: e.g., C:\Coding\Mewlo

STEP 3 - Setup the Mewlo Environment

** IMPORTANT NOTE: Before proceeding, invoke a mewlo shell by executing your mewlo.bat file created above **

  • Change your path to the scripts folder in your mewlo virtual environment (e.g., c:\coding\python27\scripts\mewloenv\scripts\)
  1. Install the Werkzeug request-response framework: pip install Werkzeug

  2. Install the Jinja2 templating package: pip install jinja2

  3. Install the SQLAlchemy form processing module: pip install sqlalchemy

  4. Install the requests web downloading module: pip install requests

  5. Install the WTForms forms processing module: pip install wtforms

  6. Install the PYZMail email module: pip install pyzmail

  7. Install the dogpile cache module: pip install dogpile.cache

  8. Install the required sphinx restructured text (rst) documentation generation tools:
    1. Core modules: pip install sphinx
    2. Contributor modules: pip install sphinxcontrib-fulltoc
  9. Install the restructured text to PDF conversion module: pip.exe install rst2pdf

  10. Install distutils: pip install distutils (im not sure if this is needed - jr 3/13/14)

STEP 4 - Launching the Mewlo Web Server Process

** NOTE: This step requires you to remain inside of your mewlo virtual environment shell**

  • Validate the installation by executing the following command from the testing\utests folder:
    • python
    • You should receive a note stating two tests completed successfully.
    • NOTE: Ignore any warnings about LogManager
  • Launch the python embedded web server to test out Mewlo
    • Change to the mewlo\testing\utests\testhelpers\testsite1 folder

    • Launch the server process by executing: python –runserver

    • Once you received a message stating that the web server is starting, you can access Mewlo by browsing to: