Setting up the server¶
You can set up CritiqueBrainz server using Docker. It requires minimum amount of configuration.
Make sure you have the latest version of docker and docker-compose.
First, you need to create custom configuration file. Copy the skeleton configuration:
$ cp custom_config.py.example custom_config.py
critiquebrainz/custom_config.py in your favourite text editor and update
configuration values as described next.
To be able to log in using MusicBrainz accounts you need to set
MUSICBRAINZ_CLIENT_SECRET OAuth values.
These values can be obtained from MusicBrainz after you register a new instance of
CritiqueBrainz at https://musicbrainz.org/account/applications/register (you’ll need a
MusicBrainz account). In the
Callback URL field type:
<HOST> field should be set to
localhost if you plan to run a local instance of
CritiqueBrainz for development purposes.
For example:- If you are running your local instance of the server on Port Number
<HOST> should be set
After application has been registered, set
custom_config.py to the values that you see on the MusicBrainz website.
Spotfiy API authentication¶
To use the Spotify Web API, you need to set the
values. OAuth keys can be obtained after registering on the Spotify developer website.
After registering and logging into your Spotify account, head to https://developer.spotify.com/my-applications/ and then register your application following the instructions at https://developer.spotify.com/web-api/tutorial/#registering-your-application.
Finally, save the obtained
Client ID and
Client Secret fields in your
We provide a helper tool,
develop.sh to wrap docker-compose and to provide some shortcuts to
Build all CritiqueBrainz services with:
$ ./develop.sh build
A MusicBrainz database is required for running CritiqueBrainz.
mbdump.tar.bz2 is the core MusicBrainz archive which includes the tables for artist,
mbdump-derived.tar.bz2 archive contains annotations, user tags and search indexes.
These archives include all the data required for setting up an instance of
You can import the database dump by downloading and importing the data in a single command:
$ ./develop.sh run --rm musicbrainz_db
You can also manually download the dumps and then import it:-
For this, you have to download the dumps
Make sure that you get the latest dumps
Set the environment variable
DUMPS_DIRto the path of the folders containing the dumps. For example:
$ export DUMPS_DIR="/home/me/folder/with/dumps"
You can check that the variable
DUMPS_DIRhas been succesfully assigned or not by:
$ echo $DUMPS_DIR
This must display the path of your folder containing database dumps. The folder must contain at least the file
Then import the database dumps by this command:
$ ./develop.sh run --rm -v $DUMPS_DIR:/home/musicbrainz/dumps \ -v $PWD/data/mbdata:/var/lib/postgresql/data/pgdata musicbrainz_db
You can also use the smaller sample dumps available at http://ftp.musicbrainz.org/pub/musicbrainz/data/sample/ to set up the MusicBrainz database. However, note that these dumps are .tar.xz dumps while CritiqueBrainz currently only supports import of .tar.bz2 dumps. So, a decompression of the sample dumps and recompression into .tar.bz2 dumps will be needed. This can be done using the following command
$ xzcat mbdump-sample.tar.xz | bzip2 > mbdump.tar.bz2
Keep in mind that this process is very time consuming, so make sure that you don’t delete
data/mbdata directory by accident. Also make sure that you have about 25GB of free
space to keep the MusicBrainz data.
Next, initialize the CritiqueBrainz database:
$ ./develop.sh run --rm critiquebrainz python3 manage.py init_db
$ ./develop.sh run --rm static_builder npm install $ ./develop.sh run --rm static_builder npm run pre-dev
Then you can start all the services:
$ ./develop.sh up
Visit CritiqueBrainz at
http://localhost in your browser.
Importing data dump¶
We provide daily data dumps from https://critiquebrainz.org that include reviews
and most of the data associated with them. If you want to import that into your
own installation, download the archives from ftp://ftp.musicbrainz.org/pub/musicbrainz/critiquebrainz/dump/
(you’ll need to get the base archive
cbdump.tar.bz2 and the reviews
python3 manage.py dump import command. First you need to import
base archive and then the one that contains reviews. For example:
$ ./develop.sh run --rm critiquebrainz python3 manage.py dump import cbdump.tar.bz2 $ ./develop.sh run --rm critiquebrainz python3 manage.py dump import cbdump-reviews-all.tar.bz2
Keep in mind that CritiqueBrainz only supports importing into an empty database.
This should work if you just ran
To test the web server run:
$ ./develop.sh test up --build
CritiqueBrainz supports interface translation. If you add or modify strings that will be displayed
to users, then you need to wrap them in one of two functions:
Before committing changes don’t forget to extract all strings into
$ python3 manage.py update_strings
For more info see Translation.