Satchmo is based on the Django framework, therefore you do need a fully functioning Django instance to use Satchmo. The Django installation guide will step you through the process.

You must use Django 1.4.x. Satchmo is not compatible with Django 1.5.x at this time.

Satchmo requires Python 2.6 or later and a database supported by Django.

There is always a challenge in deciding how many dependencies to include in a project. With Satchmo, we strongly believe in avoiding “Not Invented Here” syndrome and using the power of the rich set of python tools available on the web to make Satchmo as flexible and powerful as possible.

There are a number of other Python packages that are required for usage of all the features in Satchmo.

There are also a number of other Django packages (mentioned below) that you will need to install.

  • Satchmo uses django-threaded-multihost internally for quick access to thread local variables (the current request, current user, etc.). Satchmo also uses this app for an optimization when running mutliple sites and store configurations with a single settings file (see Basic Configuration for more details):

  • For flexibility in defining template plugin points:

  • For admin-configurable settings:

    New in version 0.9.1.

  • For advanced caching settings:

    New in version 0.9.1.

  • For the account registration process, you will need:

A valid Django cache backend (file, memcached or DB) is required for the config settings.

  • The following package is required to load the initial data and run the unit tests:

  • Docutils is used for auto generating the admin documentation but is not required:

  • Sphinx is useful for auto generating the user documentation but is not required:

  • If you wish to enable Akismet for spam prevention on product ratings, you will need to install:

  • Satchmo uses South for migrating database schema changes. It is not required to run the store but is very useful for migrating versions.

    New in version 0.9.1.

Detailed steps for installing these dependencies is included in the Installation section.