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Superdesk Server

Superdesk Server provides a REST API server for Superdesk project.
It's a python app, built on top of eve/flask framework.

There is some basic infrastructure plus app modules for users, authentication, ingest, archive, etc.


We support python version 3.3+.

Other requirements are mongodb server and elasticsearch instance.
Both can be configured via environment variables (see


Using virtualenv is recommended for installing python requirements. So once activated, run:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

External libs

For image processing you will need some extra packages:


  • mongodb
  • elasticsearch
  • redis


Use nosetests for unit tests:

$ nosetests

Behave for behaviour testing:

$ behave

Flake8 for style check:

$ flake8

Running Dev Server

Use honchu to run the app - it will start api server on port 5000, websocket server on port 5100 and celery.

$ honcho start

Running Docker containers with fig

Fig is configured to create and start Docker container not only for Superdesk application itself but also for the depended services (mongodb, redis, elasticsearch).
It will mount git repo root inside the container so all the local changes will be reflected there.
So after running this command server will start listening on localhost:5000 for REST API and on localhost:5100 for WebSockets:

$ fig up

To create user you can run that command (it will start container instance for command execution and start depended service if needed):

fig run web python3 users:create -u admin -p admin -e "" --admin=true

To rebuild environment(ie changes to environemnt or dependencies):

fig build && fig up

For more commandline magic go to their docs:

API Documentation

You can see API Documentation on apiary.

Running cli commands

$ python

This will give you list of available commands.

Creating admin user

This command will create an administrator user.

$ python users:create -u <username> -p <password> -e <email>
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