fedora-elections is a web application written in Python and based on Flask.
It implements the Range Voting system.
This project was developed using Fedora Project requests but can be easily adapted to other projects. Fedora Elections is integrated with the Fedora Account System (FAS).
To work on the Fedora Elections web application, you will need to create a development environment to test your changes. This is simplified by using Vagrant, a powerful and useful tool for creating development environments on your workstation.
You can quickly start hacking on the Fedora Elections web application using the Vagrant setup included in the elections repo is super simple.
First, install Vagrant, the
vagrant-libvirt plugin, and the
plugin from the official Fedora repos:
sudo dnf install vagrant vagrant-libvirt vagrant-sshfs
Now, from the main directory (the one with the
Vagrantfile in it), run the
vagrant up command to provision your development environment:
When completed, you will be able to SSH into your development virtual machine
vagrant ssh and run the command to start the Fedora Elections server:
vagrant ssh [vagrant@localhost ~]$ pushd /vagrant/; ./runserver.py --host "0.0.0.0";
Once that is running, go to localhost:5005 in your browser to see your running Fedora Elections test instance.
Fedora Elections uses web fonts hosted in Fedora's infrastructure that might not work when hacking locally due to CORS restrictions. If you install the fonts yourself, the Fedora Elections website will look the same as it would when deployed to production.
You can install the fonts with this command.
sudo dnf install open-sans-fonts
You will find different git branches in the git repository of elections, here is a short description of what they are meant for.
Elections originally followed the git flow development model before moving to being deployed in OpenShift using s2i (source to image) in a more continuous deployment model. You will find traces of these different models in the git branches.
develop: this is the default branch of the project, the one you are checked out on when you clone the repository. This is the place where all the development happens. Your Pull-Requests should target this branch.
master: this is the branch in which
developis merged into when a new release is made. So you will find
masterthe lastest stable release basically.
staging: this is the branch from which the staging instance of elections is being deployed. That branch contains a few commits that are not in
developas they relate to making elections be easily deployable in openshift via s2i. These changes are not code related and thus do not need to be present in
develop. This branch is rebased on the top of
developand force-pushed when staging is being updated. Your Pull-Request should not target this branch.
production: similarly to the
stagingbranch above, this is the branch the production instance of election is being deployed from. Here as well it contains a few extra commits that are related to configuring elections for openshift/s2i, and here as well the branch is rebased, on the top of
stagingand force-pushed when production is being updated. Your Pull-Request should not target this branch.
The following steps will get the rest of the application running. Make sure to use your Vagrant development environment when following these steps.
Before launching fedora-elections, the following packages should be installed:
You can obtain the code via:
git clone https://pagure.io/elections.git
Set up venv (replacing
pip install --user virtualenv tox mkvirtualenv <base_path_for_venv>/<venv_name> . <base_path_for_venv>/<venv_name>
pip install -r requirements.txt
An example configuration file is provided here.
From root of project, run:
oidc-register https://iddev.fedorainfracloud.org/ http://localhost:5005
cat > config <<EOL OIDC_ID_TOKEN_COOKIE_SECURE = False OIDC_REQUIRE_VERIFIED_EMAIL = False EOL
There are 2 ways to start the application:
This is useful for a quick development instance, when you don't have to worry about security yet. Do not run this in production. The server will start on http://127.0.0.1:5005.
./runserver.py -c config
fedora-elections.conf to your Apache conf.d directory:
sudo cp files/fedora-elections.conf /etc/httpd/conf.d/.
sudo cp files/fedora-elections.wsgi /var/www
Adjust the Apache configuration file to point to your web directory. Then,
.wsgi file in
/var/www to point to the
Place the configuration file in
and adjust it as you wish.
sudo mkdir -p /etc/fedora-elections/ sudo cp files/fedora-elections.cfg /etc/fedora-elections/
Now, restart Apache:
sudo systemctl restart httpd
tox to simplify testing, and support testing across multiple environments.
Refer to earlier in this section on "How to launch Fedora Elections" in this document to get set up with
To run tests, simply run:
As mentioned earlier, this project is primarily hosted on Pagure. There is a mirror on GitHub, but only for convenience. Pagure is the preferred platform for accepting contributions. To file an issue, RFE, or other ticket, you must use Pagure. See other issues already filed here.
fedora-elections is licensed under the GPLv2.