The windows installer installs a Python based web server. For environments with a few concurrent users or for a trial installation this will suffice, and it is the recommended configuration.
If the number of concurrent users is higher or when more complex configurations are required on the network (such as HTTPS encryption, additional web pages to be served from the same web server, access from the internet as well as from the intranet, using external authentication instead, configure compression and caching, etc…), you can deploy frePPLe with an Apache web server.
Note that scalability of the web application on Linux is significantly better on Linux than on Windows. Environments with more than 20 concurrent users should prefer Linux.
To configure frePPLe on Windows with an Apache web server, the following steps are required:
Assure you have administrator rights on the machine.
Install frePPLe using the Windows installer, following the steps from the previous page.
Collect all static files
The static files will be served by the Apache web server, and we need to collect all of these files in a separate folder. Open a command prompt in the bin folder of your frePPLe installation and run:
Install PostgreSQL database.
The recommended version is 9.5 64-bit. It is recommended to tune the database parameters with the values found on http://pgtune.leopard.in.ua/.
Install Python 3.5 64-bit or higher
The download URL is http://www.python.org/download/releases/3.5/
The Python database driver for PostgreSQLcan be downloaded from http://stickpeople.com/projects/python/win-psycopg/
Pick the executable that matches the Python version.
The Python Windows extensions can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/projects/pywin32/
Select the 64-bit installer for Python 3.5.
Install the Python database drivers, Django and other python modules
Since frePPle requires some patches to the standard Django package, so the source from our cloned and patched version of django will be downloaded and installed.
In the root of your Python install you will find a “requirements.txt” file containing a list like:
CherryPy >= 3.2.2 et-xmlfile >= 1.0.0 html5lib >= 0.999 jdcal >= 1.0 openpyxl >= 2.3.0-b2 https://github.com/frePPLe/django/tarball/frepple_3.0 djangorestframework >= 3.3.1
To install the requirements just issue a pip3 command:
sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
Mod_wsgi is python WSGI adapter module for Apache.
The download URL is http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#mod_wsgi Choose the 64-bit for Python 3.5 and Apache 2.4, and copy the file to the Apache modules folder.
Configure the Apache web server
Add a line to the file conf/httpd.conf:
Create a file conf/extra/httpd-frepple.conf using the example we provide in the file contrib/debian/httpd/conf. Adjust the paths, review carefully, and tweak to your preferences and needs!
Test the setup
Open your browser and verify the frePPLe pages display correctly.