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Build, setup and run

Now, that we have created a project folder, we need to build and setup the InvenioRDM application.

The application can be built and installed in two different ways:

  • Local (good for developers or for customizing your instance): The application is installed locally on your machine in a Python virtual environment managed by the pipenv tool.
  • Container (good for quick preview): The application is built inside a Docker image.

For the impatient

For the impatient, here are the commands to build, setup and run InvenioRDM. For clarity, we have decomposed them into individual steps in the guide below. Follow the guide below for step-by-step details:

Container:

invenio-cli containers start --lock --build --setup

Local:

invenio-cli install
invenio-cli services setup
invenio-cli run

Info

If you run the above commands, you're all set for this section. If you like to learn more about the build process, then follow the steps below instead.

Python dependencies

First, we start by locking the Python dependencies, which ensures that you will always have the same versions of dependencies if you reinstall in the future. Locked dependencies are important for having reproducible installs.

This step will normally be executed automatically by both the local and container installation options, but here we run it explicitly.

Let's try it:

cd my-site/
invenio-cli packages lock
Locking dependencies... Allow pre-releases: False. Include dev-packages: False.
Locking python dependencies...
Creating a virtualenv for this project…
Pipfile: /Users/johnsmith/src/tmp/my-site/Pipfile
Using /Users/johnsmith/.virtualenvs/cli/bin/python3.8 (3.8.5) to create virtualenv…
⠇ Creating virtual environment...created virtual environment CPython3.8.5.final.0-64 in 542ms
  creator CPython3Posix(dest=/Users/johnsmith/.virtualenvs/my-site-0wtHqD1g, clear=False, global=False)
  seeder FromAppData(download=False, pip=bundle, setuptools=bundle, wheel=bundle, via=copy, app_data_dir=/Users/johnsmith/Library/Application Support/virtualenv)
    added seed packages: pip==21.0.1, setuptools==53.1.0, wheel==0.36.2
  activators BashActivator,CShellActivator,FishActivator,PowerShellActivator,PythonActivator,XonshActivator

✔ Successfully created virtual environment!
Virtualenv location: /Users/johnsmith/.virtualenvs/my-site-0wtHqD1g
Locking [dev-packages] dependencies…
Building requirements...
Resolving dependencies...
✔ Success!
Locking [packages] dependencies…
Building requirements...
Resolving dependencies...
✔ Success!
Updated Pipfile.lock (271a6d)!
Dependencies locked successfully.

A new file Pipfile.lock has now been created with the locked dependencies.

Next, choose option 1 or option 2 for your preferred installation method.

Option 1: Container install

The container install is good for a quick preview, or if you don't want all dependencies locally. It is not good for development or for customizing your instance, as it requires you to rebuild the Docker image for every change which can be time consuming.

Build

For the container build, you first build the Docker application image using the following command:

invenio-cli containers build
Building images... Pull newer versions True, use cache True
Checking if dependencies are locked.
Dependencies are locked
Building images...

[...]

Successfully built f1fc95ce1037
Successfully tagged my-site:latest
Images built successfully.

The command will:

  • Download the Docker images for the services (database, cache, search engine, etc.)
  • Build the Docker image for the InvenioRDM application using the Dockerfile in your project.
  • Install Python dependencies (according the Pipfile.lock)
  • Install JavaScript dependencies
  • Build the JavaScript/CSS web assets

Setup

Once the Docker application image has been built, we need to initialize the database, the indices and so on. For this, we use again the containers command.

The first time this command is run, the services will be setup correctly and the containers running them will even restart upon a reboot of your machine. If you stop and restart those containers, your data will still be there. Upon running this command again, the initial setup is skipped.

invenio-cli containers setup
Making sure containers are up...
Creating network "my-site_default" with the default driver
Creating my-site_cache_1 ... done
Creating my-site_es_1    ... done
Creating my-site_db_1    ... done
Creating my-site_mq_1    ... done
Creating database postgresql+psycopg2://my-site:my-site@localhost/my-site
Creating all tables!
INFO  [alembic.runtime.migration] Context impl PostgresqlImpl.
INFO  [alembic.runtime.migration] Will assume transactional DDL.
Created all tables!
Location default-location /your/path/to/var/instance/data as default True created
Role "admin" created successfully.
Creating indexes...
Putting templates...

The command will:

  • Create the database and Elasticsearch indexes.
  • Load fixtures data into InvenioRDM.
  • Create demo records.

Tip

You can skip the creation of demo records by using the --no-demo-data option (-N for short):

invenio-cli containers setup --no-demo-data

Run

You can now run the application container and related services:

invenio-cli containers start

Go and explore your InvenioRDM instance at https://127.0.0.1.

Visit 127.0.0.1, not localhost

Due to Content Security Policy (CSP) headers it is important that you visit 127.0.0.1, and not localhost unless you set INVENIO_SITE_UI_URL and INVENIO_SITE_API_URL to https://localhost and https://localhost/api respectively.

Tip

You can provide other configuration variables by setting them as environment variables with the INVENIO_ prefix.

Option 2: Local install

The local install is good for developers or if you like to customize InvenioRDM as it avoids the waiting time for building a new Docker image. For instance, changing the layout will be much faster with a local install.

Build

The local build steps involve installing all the Python dependencies into a local Python virtual environment. This is done with the command (the virtualenv is managed by pipenv):

invenio-cli install
Installing python dependencies... Please be patient, this operation might take some time...
Installing dependencies from Pipfile.lock (271a6d)…
  🐍   ▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉▉ 200/200 — 00:02:00

[...]

Built webpack project.
Assets and statics updated.
Dependencies installed successfully.

Similar to the containers command, the command does the following:

  • Install Python dependencies (according the Pipfile.lock)
  • Install JavaScript dependencies
  • Build the JavaScript/CSS web assets

Setup

We need to initialize the database, the indices and so on. For this, we use the services command. The first time this command is run, the services will be setup correctly and the containers running them will even restart upon a reboot of your machine. If you stop and restart those containers, your data will still be there. Upon running this command again, the initial setup is skipped.

invenio-cli services setup
Making sure containers are up...
Creating network "my-site_default" with the default driver
Creating my-site_cache_1 ... done
Creating my-site_es_1    ... done
Creating my-site_db_1    ... done
Creating my-site_mq_1    ... done
Creating database postgresql+psycopg2://my-site:my-site@localhost/my-site
Creating all tables!
INFO  [alembic.runtime.migration] Context impl PostgresqlImpl.
INFO  [alembic.runtime.migration] Will assume transactional DDL.
Created all tables!
Location default-location /your/path/to/var/instance/data as default True created
Role "admin" created successfully.
Creating indexes...
Putting templates...

Tip

You can skip the creation of demo records by using the --no-demo-data option (-N for short):

invenio-cli services setup --no-demo-data

Run

You can now run the application locally:

invenio-cli run

Go and explore your InvenioRDM instance at https://127.0.0.1:5000. This is the default host and port configured in invenio.cfg.

Visit 127.0.0.1, not localhost

Due to Content Security Policy (CSP) headers it is important that you use 127.0.0.1, and not localhost.

Change the host and port

By default, the host is 127.0.0.1 and the port is 5000. Pass --host and --port to change them e.g.:

invenio-cli run --host 0.0.0.0 --port 443

It's a development server, so don't use it for production.

Troubleshooting

  • You may see the following error message TypeError: Object.fromEntries is not a function. This means you need to update your base Invenio docker image because Node.js 14+ is needed. Make sure the base Invenio image is up to date. You can re-build your instance image with invenio-cli containers build --pull --no-cache to make sure things are done from scratch.
  • You may see SystemError: Parent module 'setuptools' not loaded, cannot perform relative import at the dependency locking step when running invenio-cli containers start. This depends on your version of setuptools (bleeding edge causes this) and can be solved by setting an environment variable: SETUPTOOLS_USE_DISTUTILS=stdlib. See more details. This sudden upstream change will be addressed more systematically in future releases.