Initially, clone the repo with the command.

git clone

The tool has two different components(Backend and Frontend). Each of them has their own installation instructions.


Now, if you type command ls, you can see a directory named Contraband. Go inside the directory using the command cd Contraband. There will be two directories in it:

  1. backend
  2. frontend

If you go inside backend directory( use command cd backend). You can find another directory named Contraband. It is the main project backend directory.

Steps to setup server locally

  1. Create a virtual environment.
  2. Install the required packages to run the tool.
  3. Create the phabricator account and generate a Conduit API token.
  4. Run the migrations.
  5. Create super user.
  6. Run the local server.

Creating a virtual environment:

Virtual environment isolates the entire project. The packages used by different projects will be different and few packages used in a project might not be compatible with another one. So, using virtual environment sets up packages individually to each project.

One way to create virtual environment in python is using virtualenv tool

First Install python3, type the following commands inside backend directory

sudo apt-get install python3

Now you need to install pip3, it manages the python packages

sudo apt-gt update

sudo apt-get install -y python3-pip

Let’s Install virtualenv package.

pip3 install virtualenv

you have successfully installed virtualenv. Noe let’s create a virtual environment.

virtualenv -p $(which python3) WMContraband

The above command creates a virtual environment named VMContraband. It creates a directory named WMContraband in the current directory. It is recommended to create virtual environment in backend directory. You have successfully created the virtual environment. But you need to activate it now.

To activate the virtual environment, type the following command (in the same directory where WMContraband is located):

source WMContraband/bin/activate

Install the required packages to run the tool:

Now go inside the Contraband directory (inside backend). Install all the packages that are required to run the project using the command.

pip install -r requirements.txt

To check if Django is successfully installed. Type the following command:

django-admin --version

The output is something like: 2.2.2.

Create the phabricator account and generate a Conduit API token:

Before running the development server, you need to provide an API key to fetch the details from the phabricator. So create a phabricator account from here. Use Log In or Register through Mediawiki(If you don’t have a Mediawiki account, you can create it from here.

Once you login to the phabricator. You can generate a Conduit API token from{Your username}/page/apitokens/ (fill your username in the link).

Copy the API token, and paste it in the variable named API_TOKEN in the file backend/Contraband/contraband/

Run the migrations:

Now, you need to run the migration files. Type the following command:

python migrate

Create super user:

You have successfully created the schema now. Inorder to access the models you need to create a superuser. Use this command:

python createsuperuser

The above prompts for username, email and password. The command creates a user with the corresponding username and password. You can see the database tables or models using it.

Run the local server:

Finally, run the server with the command:

python runserver

Hurray!! Now you can access the API. You can get the API doc here.

To see the database tables, you can go to this url: and login with the above created credentials.


If you go inside frontend directory( use command cd frontend). You can find another directory named WikiContrib-Frontend. It is the main project directory.

Steps to setup server locally

  1. Install npm
  2. Install the requirements.
  3. Start the development server.

Installing npm

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nodejs

sudo apt-get install npm

You have installed npm successfully. You can check the verison of npm with the command npm -v

Install the requirements.

Now Inside the directory WikiContrib-Frontend, type the command

npm install

This installs all the requirements to the tool.

Start the development server.

Now type the following command in the same directory.

npm start

This starts a development server in a URL alike http://localhost:3000/. Hurray! you have successfully hosted the fronend in local environment.

You have successfully completed hosting the backend and frontend locally. You can visit the “Contributing” section to know how to contribute to the tool.