My progress so far running PieFed in an Ubuntu 22.04 VM

This is probably just me, but I found to be a bit confusing.

So, for a fresh install of Ubuntu in a Windows Hyper-V VM, this is the list of steps I took to get something that at least looks like it might be the right thing:

remove unattended-upgrades, and clean up after OS install

(nothing to do with PieFed, just some necessary Ubuntu weirdness)

sudo systemctl stop unattended-upgrades
sudo apt-get purge unattended-upgrades
sudo apt autoremove

install postgresql 16

sudo apt install ca-certificates pkg-config
wget --quiet -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list’
sudo apt update
sudo apt install libpq-dev postgresql

install python libs

sudo apt install python3-pip python3-venv python3-dev python3-psycopg2

install redis server

sudo apt install redis-server

install git

sudo apt install git

set up database

sudo -iu postgres psql -c “CREATE USER pyfedi WITH PASSWORD ‘pyfedi’;”
sudo -iu postgres psql -c "CREATE DATABASE pyfedi WITH OWNER pyfedi;"

clone PieFed

git clone

cd into pyfedi, set up and enter virtual environment

cd pyfedi
python3 -m venv ./venv
source venv/bin/activate

use pip to install requirements

pip install wheel
pip install -r requirements.txt

edit .env file

cp env.sample .env
nano .env (change SECRET_KEY to some random sequence of numbers and letters)

initialise database, and set up admin account

flask init-db

run the app

flask run
(open web browser at
(log in with username and password from admin account)

Maybe this will help someone else (or maybe someone has spotted something that I missed - like I say: it looks right when loaded in a browser, but I’m not 100% sure)


That’s nice. My first attempt at getting the codeberg repo running failed, but I also didn’t try to look too hard into it. Think I will be trying this next in an Ubuntu distrobox container

rimu, avatar

Awesome, thank you very much. needs a huge tidy up!


I didn’t include ‘export FLASK_ENV=development’ in the post because I wasn’t sure it made a difference. It still said ‘debug mode = off’ when running flask either way. I’ve since added ‘FLASK_DEBUG = 1’ to the .env file, and that’s given me hot reloading.


What is the removal of unattended-upgrades for ?

ericjmorey, avatar

So Ubuntu on your VM doesn’t upgrade without your explicit instructions.

Blaze, avatar

Interesting, thanks

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