Use in production environment

This is the guide for the manual installation of a “production” instance.

IMPORTANT: At the moment, there is no authentication mechanism in Flatisfy. That is, if you want your instance to be private, you should put some access control on your own with the webserver. This is explained below in the case of Nginx.

Get the app installed

# Clone the repository
git clone https://Phyks@git.phyks.me/Phyks/flatisfy.git && cd flatisfy

# Create a virtualenv
virtualenv .env && source .env/bin/activate

# Install required Python modules
pip install -r requirements.txt

# Clone and install webOOB
git clone https://git.weboob.org/weboob/devel weboob && cd weboob && python setup.py install && cd ..

# Install required JS libraries and build the webapp
npm install && npm run build:prod

# Create a minimal config file
mkdir config && python -m flatisfy init-config > config/config.json

# Create a data directory to store db and data files
mkdir data

# Edit the config file according to your needs
$EDITOR config/config.json

# Build the required data files
python -m flatisfy build-data --config config/config.json -v

# Run initial import
python -m flatisfy import --config config/config.json -v

Note: In the config, you should set data_directory to the absolute path of the data directory created below. This directory should be writable by the user running Flatisfy. You should also set modules_path to the absolute path to the modules folder under the previous weboob clone. Finally, the last import command can be cron-tasked to automatically fetch available housings posts periodically.

Use an alternative Bottle backend (production)

This is the simplest option, offers good performances but is less scalable. You should take care of which user is running flatisfy, as there can be some related security concerns.

Just choose another available webserver to use in Bottle (typically cherrypi) and set the webserver config option accordingly to use it.

Nginx vhost

Here is a typical minimal Nginx vhost you can use (which provides HTTP authentication support and SSL):

upstream _flatisfy {
    server 127.0.0.1:PORT;
}

server {
    listen 443;
    server_name SERVER_NAME;
    root ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT/flatisfy/web/static;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/flatisfy-access.log;
    error_log   /var/log/nginx/flatisfy-error.log warn;

    ssl                  on;
    ssl_certificate      PATH_TO_SSL_CERT;
    ssl_certificate_key  PATH_TO_SSL_KEY;

    location / {
        auth_basic "Restricted";
        auth_basic_user_file ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT/.htpasswd;

        # Try to serve directly the URI first (static content), fallback on
        # passing it to the Python backend
        try_files $uri @uwsgi;
    }

    location @uwsgi {
        proxy_pass http://_flatisfy;
    }
}


server {
    listen      80;
    server_name SERVER_NAME;

    root /dev/null;

    return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;
}

where PORT (default for Flatisfy is 8080), SERVER_NAME, ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT, PATH_TO_SSL_CERT and PATH_TO_SSL_KEY should be replaced by values according to your own setup. You should also set the .htpasswd file with users and credentials.

Note: This vhost is really minimalistic and you should adapt it to your setup, enforce SSL ciphers for increased security and do such good practices things.

Use WSGI

This is the best option in terms of performance and is recommended. It should offer both the best security and performances.

Configure uWSGI

Assuming you are running Debian stable, you should install uwsgi:

apt-get install uwsgi uwsgi-plugin-python

Then, you can create a /etc/uwsgi/apps-available/flatisfy.ini with the following content:

[uwsgi]
socket = /run/uwsgi/app/flatisfy/socket
chdir = ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT
master = true
plugins = python
venv = ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT/.env
file = wsgi.py
uid = www-data
gid = www-data

where ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT is the absolute path to the root of the Flatisfy git clone made at the beginning of this document.

Now, you can enable the app:

ln -s /etc/uwsgi/apps-available/flatisfy.ini /etc/uwsgi/apps-enabled/flatisfy.ini

and restart uWSGI:

systemctl restart uwsgi

Note: You should review the wsgi.py file at the root of the repository to check it is matching you setup (and especially is loading the configuration from the right place, which is config/config.json by default).

Nginx vhost

Here is a typical minimal Nginx vhost you can use (which provides HTTP authentication support and SSL):

upstream _flatisfy {
    server unix:/run/uwsgi/app/flatisfy/socket;
}

server {
    listen 443;
    server_name SERVER_NAME;
    root ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT/flatisfy/web/static;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/flatisfy-access.log;
    error_log   /var/log/nginx/flatisfy-error.log warn;

    ssl                  on;
    ssl_certificate      PATH_TO_SSL_CERT;
    ssl_certificate_key  PATH_TO_SSL_KEY;

    location / {
        auth_basic "Restricted";
        auth_basic_user_file ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT/.htpasswd;

        # Try to serve directly the URI first (static content), fallback on
        # passing it to the Python backend
        try_files $uri @uwsgi;
    }

    location @uwsgi {
        include uwsgi_params;
        uwsgi_pass _flatisfy;
    }
}


server {
    listen      80;
    server_name SERVER_NAME;

    root /dev/null;

    return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;
}

where SERVER_NAME, ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_FLATISFY_GIT_ROOT, PATH_TO_SSL_CERT and PATH_TO_SSL_KEY should be replaced by values according to your own setup. You should also set the .htpasswd file with users and credentials.

Note: This vhost is really minimalistic and you should adapt it to your setup, enforce SSL ciphers for increased security and do such good practices things.