Management commands

pretalx comes with a range of helpful management commands that you can execute from the command line. Assuming you are in the same environment you installed pretalx in, for example a certain user or a virtual environment, you’ll execute commands using Python:

python -m pretalx <command> [<flags>] [<options>]

Database commands

python -m pretalx migrate

The migrate command updates the database tables to conform to what pretalx expects. Please execute it once upon installation and then on every update. As migrate touches the database, you should have a backup of the state before the command run. Running migrate if pretalx has no pending database changes will result in no modification to the database.

If migrations touch upon large populated tables, they may run for some time. The release notes will include a warning if an upgrade comes with a potentially long-running migration.

python -m pretalx showmigrations

If you’re debugging what state your database is in, the showmigrations command will show you the current state of all pretalx migrations. It may be useful debug output to include in bug reports about database problems.

Debug commands

python -m pretalx shell or python -m pretalx shell_plus

You can use the shell command to open a python shell with all the configuration and the environment that pretalx runs with, so that you can import pretalx modules. If you install the django_extensions and ipython packages, you can also choose to execute the shell_plus command instead, which will give you a shell with tab completion, and will initially import the classes and methods you will probably need.

python -m pretalx print_settings

If other debugging fails, install the django_extensions package and run print_settings to receive full settings output – be careful, this will contain passwords, so you should sanitise it before pasting it anywhere.

If you don’t want to install a library for debugging, you can run these commands instead:

python -m pretalx shell
>>> from django.conf import settings
>>> from pprint import pprint
>>> pprint(settings.__dict__)

The warning about included passwords and secrets in the output goes for this version as well.

Core pretalx commands

python -m pretalx rebuild

The rebuild command regenerates all static files. With the --clear flag, it deletes all existing compiled static files and compiles everything from scratch. Please run this command after every upgrade.

python -m pretalx init

The init command allows you to create a superuser and an organiser, to give you all the tools to start configuring pretalx in the web interface. Please run this command once in the beginning. You can abort the command at any time, and it will not write anything to the database.

python -m pretalx createsuperuser

If you need more users after generating your initial administration user, use createsuperuser. Please note that superusers have access to all areas of all events.

python -m pretalx runperiodic

Please run the runperiodic command via a cronjob in regular intervals. You can also trigger it manually if you think that something went wrong with the regular task execution.

python -m pretalx export_schedule_html

This command requires an event slug as an argument, and you can optionally provide the --zip flag to produce a zip archive instead of a directory structure. The command will print the location of the HTML export upon successful exit and will exit with an error code otherwise.

python -m pretalx import_schedule

The import_schedule allows you to import a conference schedule xml file. It takes the path to the xml file as its argument. If pretalx can find no event with the specified slug in the database, it will create a new event and a new organiser.

If the event existed already, pretalx will release a new schedule version for that event based on the data of the schedule import.