To run WAVES-core, it’s strongly recommended that you setup a dedicated user, because WAVES-core run with saga-python, and this module need to create some directories you might not be able to create (.radical and .saga) with another user (such as www-data)


WAVES-core was initially developed with Python 2.7 and Django 1.11 and is currently not tested on latest version (Python 3 and Django 2.0).

You can install WAVES-core either as a stand alone application, or inside any existing Django project

0. Prerequisites


In order to install WAVES-core you will need:
  • python 2.7.X (WAVES-core is not yet compatible with python 3.5)
  • pip package manager (required packages : python-pip python-dev build-essential)
  • A web server: Apache or NGINX
  • A database backend (Mysql or Postgres) but by default WAVES-core runs with sqlite

WAVES is developed with Django. You may need to know a little about it.

1. Install WAVES-core as stand alone application

1.1. Clone repository:

Current version is latest (latest)

user@host:$ git clone [your_app]
user@host:$ cd [your_app]


To checkout a particular version:

user@host:~your_app$ git checkout tags/[VERSION]

1.2. Install dependencies:

user@host:~your_app$ virtualenv .venv
user@host:~your_app$ source .venv/bin/activate
(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ pip install -r requirements.txt

You might need other dependencies if working with other DB layout than sqlite.

1.3. Install database:

(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ ./ check
(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ ./ makemigrations wcore (may only display "No changes detected in app 'wcore'")
(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ ./ migrate
(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ ./ createsuperuser (then follow instructions)

1.4. If everything is ok:

You can start your test server and job queue like this:

(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ ./ wqueue start
(.venv) user@host:~your_app$ ./ runserver

Go to to setup your services WAVES-core comes with default front pages visible at

2. Install WAVES-core inside existing Django project

To create a Django project, have a look at Django tutorial

2.0. Setup a virtualenv for your project:

virtualenv ~/.venv/[waves_env]

2.1. Install waves package:

Use pip to install waves-core as third party package.

pip install waves-core

If you want to install the latest development version (at your own risk :-))
pip install -e git+

2.2. Activate WAVES-core in settings:

WAVES-core application has minimum dependencies to:

Optionally, WAVES-core can use:

Add required dependencies to your INSTALLED_APPS, you should at least find these in your project:

    'polymorphic', # mandatory
    'waves.wcore', # mandatory
    'waves.authentication', # mandatory if API token access needed
    'crispy_forms', # mandatory
    'rest_framework', # mandatory
    'rest_framework.authtoken', # optional see
    'corsheaders', # optional see
    'adminsortable2', # optional see

2.3. Include the services urls in your project

url(r'^waves/', include('waves.wcore.urls', namespace='wcore'))
url(r'^waves/api/', include('waves.wcore.api.urls', namespace='wapi'))

2.4. Create your database:

python makemigrations wcore
python migrate wcore
python check

2.5. Extra configuration:

Depending on your needs, you might want to expose WAVES API to any registered user, if so have a look at: Corsheader to allow cross-origin Resource Sharing

Some WAVES-core API services requires authentication, see DRF authentication for authenticating methods API POST calls


WAVES-core allows simple “api_key” authentication with standard Token Authentication processes, to use it simply add ‘waves.authentication’ in INSTALLED_APPS.

This then allow to call WAVES API services with a api_key:
  • with Authorization token header
  • with GET / POST parameter with api_key value.

Each authenticated api service need a valid Authorization header as explained here:

To use this service with apache in mod_wsgi: please mind to enable “WSGIPassAuthorization On” parameter in conf

3. Use other than SqlLite default DB layer

You may need to install the Python and MySQL development headers and libraries like so:

  • sudo apt-get install python-dev default-libmysqlclient-dev # Debian / Ubuntu
  • sudo yum install python-devel mysql-devel # Red Hat / CentOS
  • brew install mysql-connector-c # macOS (Homebrew) (Currently, it has bug. See below)

On Windows, there are binary wheels you can install without MySQLConnector/C or MSVC.

Then install pip mysql package in your virtualenv:

pip install mysqlclient