Installing RapidSMS in Debian Based Linux for development

Steps 1-3 are optional — virtualenv makes it easier to keep a tidy python environment for development. If you are not familiar with virtualenv, learn more here:

1 Install virtualenv and pip (optional)

$ sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv python-pip

2 Create a virtual environment (optional)

$ virtualenv --no-site-packages my_rapidsms_env

3 Activate the virtual environment (optional)

$ source my_rapidsms_env/bin/activate

4 Install RapidSMS

$ pip install rapidsms

5 Create a new project

$ startproject myproject
$ cd myproject

Optionally configure, then spawn the database

$ python syncdb

6 Start the development server

$ python runserver

7 Start the message router (in another window OR use GNU Screen — don’t forget to activate the virtualenv in your second window)

$ python runrouter

To stop the RapidSMS message router, press ctrl-C


DebianBased (last edited 2010-09-13 15:49:17 by EvanWheeler)