Running a personal instance of the editor on a Mac¶
These are outline instructions on setting up the Numbas editor on a Mac, for personal use. For instances where multiple users need access to the editor, we recommend following the Ubuntu installation instructions.
The Numbas editor uses Django, a web framework written in the Python programming language. Django has many configuration options, which we won’t detail here. For more information, consult the Django documentation.
Install Python 3 from python.org/download.
If you already have two versions of Python installed on your PC, the command
pythonmight run the wrong version. The easiest way of making sure you use the right one is to create a virtual environment. Here’s how to do that:
pip3 install virtualenv virtualenv -p python3 numbas_venv source numbas_venv/bin/activate
You’ll need to activate the virtual environment each time you want to use it.
git clone git://github.com/numbas/Numbas.git numbas_runtime
Either download the Numbas editor from GitHub and extract to a folder called
numbas_editor, or use git to clone the repository:
git clone git://github.com/numbas/editor.git numbas_editor
Install all the required Python modules:
pip3 install -r numbas_editor/requirements.txt pip3 install -r numbas_runtime/requirements.txt
Run the “first setup script”:
cd numbas_editor python first_setup.py
This will configure the editor based on your answers to a few questions, and write the file
The default answers for most of the questions apply only to Linux systems; make the appropriate changes using the paths described in the earlier steps.
If you’ve followed these instructions exactly, you should use the following values:
Path of the Numbas compiler
Which database engine are you using?
Where are static files stored?
Where are uploaded files stored?
Where are preview exams stored?
Base URL of previews
Title of the Site
Allow new users to register themselves?
Address to send emails from:
(you can leave this blank)
What domain will the site be accessed from?
If you make any mistakes, you can run the script again, or edit
Start the server:
python manage.py runserver
Open http://localhost:8000 in your web browser.
If you used git to clone the runtime and editor repositories, run the following commands to update your installation:
cd numbas_editor git pull origin master python manage.py migrate pip install -r requirements.txt cd ../numbas_runtime git pull origin master pip install -r requirements.txt
The admin site, where you can manually edit entries in the database, is at http://localhost:8000/admin.