macOS from sources

This guide describes how to install the GovReady-Q server for macOS 10.10 or greater from source code.


These instructions have not been recently tested.

Installing required OS packages

GovReady-Q requires Python 3.6 or higher to run and several Unix packages to provide full functionality. Install the Homebrew package manager ( to easily install Unix packages on macOS. Homebrew will install all packages in your userspace and not change native macOS Python or other libraries. Execute the following commands:

# install Homebrew package manager
       /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Now install Python3 and the required Unix packages.

# install dependencies using brew
brew install python3

# install other packages:
brew install unzip graphviz pandoc selenium-server-standalone magic libmagic

# to generate thumbnails and PDFs for export, you must install wkhtmltopdf
# WARNING: wkhtmltopdf can expose you to security risks. For more information,
# search the web for "wkhtmltopdf Server-Side Request Forgery"
read -p "Are you sure (yes/no)? " ; if [ "$REPLY" = "yes" ]; then brew cask install wkhtmltopdf ; fi

Installing GovReady-Q

Clone the GovReady source code and install packages.

# clone GovReady-Q
git clone
cd govready-q

# install Python 3 packages
pip3 install --user -r requirements.txt

# install Bootstrap and other vendor resources locally
# (sudo needed only for the embedded 'yum install' command)
sudo ./

Setting up GovReady-Q

Run the final setup commands to initialize a local SQLite database in local/db.sqlite to make sure everything is OK so far.

The following warning message is expected and okay:

WARNING: Specified PDF generator is not supported. Setting generator to ‘off’.

# run database migrations (sqlite3 database used by default)
python3 migrate

# load a few critical modules
python3 load_modules

# create superuser with initial account
python3 first_run

Starting GovReady-Q

# run the server
python3 runserver

Visit your GovReady-Q site in your web browser at:


It is not necessary to specify a port. GovReady-Q will read the local/environment.json file to determine host name and port.

# run the server
python3 runserver


Depending on host configuration both python3 and python commands will work.

GovReady-Q can run on ports other than 8000. Port 8000 is selected for convenience.

GovReady-Q defaults to localhost:8000 when launched with python runserver.

Tested on a CentOS 7.8.2003 Docker image on 2020-05-04.

(Optional) Installing Postgres, MySQL

GovReady-Q can optionally be configured to work with Postgres or MySQL database engines instead of the default SQLite3.

# optional install of postgres and/or mysql
sudo yum install postgresql mysql-devel
# if you intend to use optional configurations, such as the MySQL adapter, you
# may need to run additional `pip3 install` commands, such as:
pip3 install --user -r requirements_mysql.txt

Creating “environment.json” configuration file

GovReady uses a configuration file stored at local/environment.json.

See ref:Configuration with Environment Variables for a complete list of variables you can configure.

Create a file there and include values like these:

  "debug": false,
  "host": "localhost:8000",
  "https": false,
  "secret-key": "...something here..."

(Optional) Enabling PDF export

To activate PDF and thumbnail generation, add gr-pdf-generator and gr-img-generator environment variables to your local/environment.json configuration file:

   "gr-pdf-generator": "wkhtmltopdf",
   "gr-img-generator": "`wkhtmltopdf",

(Optional) Deployment utilities

Sample apache.conf, superviser.ini, and files can be found in the source code directory deployment/rhel.

(Optional) Creating a dedicated GovReady UNIX user

You may find it useful to create a user specifically for GovReady-Q. Do this before installing GovReady-Q.

# Create user.
useradd govready-q -c "govready-q"

# Change permissions so that the webserver can read static files.
chmod a+rx /home/govready-q