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Event manager for local community events

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For those who miss techup.ch, the good news is that today we have alternatives! This web-based platform allows to create location-based groups similar to Meetup dot com, and plan events for them. The cloud service is free, based on Python/Django open source, allowing you to search based on your location, and is available for individuals and teams to use. Let's take it for a spin, and use it to help more regularly and easily connect our community.

Also, if you want to look at the techup.ch data and reminisce about the good ol' times, talk to Oleg.

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Join or set up a meetup on the cloud-hosted version https://gettogether.community/

Download the open source version and install it locally. Submit a bug or feature request on the issue tracker.

Fix an open issue, contribute some documentation, or otherwise make a patch for the platform.

Get Together

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Get Together is an open source event manager for local communities.

Try it free at https://gettogether.community


  • Be feature-competitive with Meetup.com
  • Allow multiple instances to share federated event data
  • Provide sustainable, cost-effective hosting for FOSS communites
  • Be developed and maintained by the communities using it


This project has been built using Django 2 and Python 3.

For more details on dependencies, please check requirements.txt.

Getting Started

Install Git

First, make sure you have Git already installed.

It usually comes pre-installed in Mac and Linux but in Windows you need to run the installer available in the link above.

Install virtualenv

Also make sure you have virtualenv in your computer by running:

virtualenv --version

If you get an error, use pip (included in Python3) with the following command:

pip install virtualenv

Configure your local repository

If you haven't already, fork the project at https://github.com/GetTogetherComm/GetTogether

Clone your forked repository in your computer (see detailed instructions here).

Navigate to the repository's location using the command line: cd GetTogether

Add https://github.com/GetTogetherComm/GetTogether.git to remote following these instructions.

Configure the virtual environment

  • If you have Python3 already configured as the default version for your computer, just run:
virtualenv ./env
  • But if your default is Python2, then run:
virtualenv --python=python3 ./env

Install dependecies and migrate the database

  • If you are in Mac or Linux:
./env/bin/pip install -r requirements.txt
./env/bin/python manage.py migrate
  • If you are in Windows:
./env/Scripts/pip install -r requirements.txt
./env/Scripts/python manage.py migrate

Rename the local_settings file

Find the file local_settings.example and copy it in local_settings.py with the following command:

cp local_settings.example local_settings.py

Create a super user

  • If you're in Mac or Linux run:
./env/bin/python manage.py createsuperuser
  • If you are in Windows:
winpty ./env/Scripts/python manage.py createsuperuser

Start the server

  • If you're in Mac or Linux run:
./env/bin/python manage.py runserver
  • If you're in Windows:
winpty ./env/Scripts/python manage.py runserver

Installing pre-commit hooks

Pre-commit is a tool that helps us commiting better code. Before writing any code first install the hooks to your repo.

  • If you're using Mac or Linux, run:
./env/bin/pre-commit install
  • If you're in Windows:
./env/Scripts/pre-commit install

From now on everytime you commit some code this will be checked by our pre-commit hooks.

Code formatters

We use the following code formatters:

They are included in the requirements.txt so they were installed already when you installed dependencies.

On the first commit after installing pre-commit, Black and iSort it will create a new environment, which may take a few minutes. This environment will be reused for all subsequent commits.

Loading City data

In order to make it easier to create Places and Teams without having to manually enter records for Country, SPR (State/Province/Region) and City, you can preload them using data files from http://download.geonames.org/export/dump/

The provided load_spr and load_cities commands will only load data if the parent country (or SPR for cities) exists in the database. This lets you choose whether you want to load every city, only cities for select countries, or only for select SPRs.


Download the countryInfo.txt file from GeoNames, then run:

./env/bin/python manage.py load_countries countryInfo.txt


Download the admin1CodesASCII.txt file from GeoNames, then run:

./env/bin/python manage.py load_spr admin1CodesASCII.txt


You have a few choices for City data files. GeoNames provides data files for cities with more than 15,000 residents, cities with more than 5,000 residents, and cities with more than 1,000 residents. The smaller the number, the more cities there will be in the data file (and the longer it will take to import them all).

Download the file you want from the links above. They will be zip files that you must unzip before using. Then import the cities by running (for your downloaded file):

./env/bin/python manage.py load_cities cities15000.txt

Using docker

docker build -t get_together .
docker run -e "DEBUG_MODE=True" -e "SECRET_KEY=xxxxx" -e "ALLOWED_HOSTS=localhost," -d --name get_together -p 8000:8000 get_together
docker exec -it get_together venv/bin/python manage.py createsuperuser

Using docker-compose

docker-compose up -d
docker-compose exec get_together python3 manage.py createsuperuser

You can then connect to the container by going to localhost:8000

Test Federation

You can import live event data into your "Searchable" table with this command:

./env/bin/python manage.py import https://gettogether.community/searchables/

Getting Involved

To contribute to Get Together, you can file issues here on GitHub, work on features you want it to have, or contact us on Telegram to learn more.

Currently the project needs:

  • Designers
    • We need a color scheme for the website
    • We need a logo for the project
    • We need user stories and mockups for those pages
  • Front-end developers
    • We need to pick a JS/CSS framework for the front-end
    • We need to Django page templates
    • We need to know what APIs are needed for a dynamic front-end
  • QA Engineers
    • We need Django test cases setup
    • We need fuzz-testing setup with something like model-mommy
    • We want testing automated on github pull requests
  • API/Federation experts
    • We need to decide on using AppStream or rolling our own data/protocol
    • We need to architect what data will be federated and it's use cases
    • We need to support authenticated access to APIs for 3rd party apps
  • Devops
    • We need a way to easily deploy and update GetTogether in production
    • We need an easy way to get a development environment up and running
    • We need to find a hosting service for gettogether.community

If you can help with any of these, please get in touch with me!

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Contributed 2 years ago by loleg for HACKnight 2021
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