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Advanced options for installing Trac on Windows

Optional Packages

In addition to the base packages listed in TracOnWindows, here are a few additional packages (Python or external tools) that can be used to improve the functionality offered on your Trac installation:

Packages which can be installed using easy_install:

  • docutils
  • pygments
  • pytz

Using Other Databases

PostgreSQL for Windows

Trac can work with the PostgreSQL (8.x or 9.x) database:

MySQLDb for Windows

Packages for the MySqlDb Python bindings for the MySQL database:

Note that working with MySQL is not recommended in general, as there may still be unpredictable behaviour. However, on Windows the main issues with MySQL tend to be less apparent: the default setup for recent installations is UTF-8, and Windows users are unlikely to have case-sensitivity pathname issues in their repositories as Subversion won't let them create such paths in the first place. So MySQL on Windows might well be a more viable solution than on Unix for the time being (and seems to work fine for me). See the MySqlDb page for more details.

TODO try out the OurSQL bindings.

Using Other Web front-ends

TracStandalone is not the only option on Windows.


Generic instructions for configuring authentication within Apache are available in the TracModWSGI#ConfiguringAuthentication page.

Apache and mod_wsgi

First, you need to integrate mod_wsgi in your Apache installation. There are pre-compiled binaries available for download. Choose the right one depending on the version of Apache and Python you're running. Then follow the installation instructions for this module, and the TracModWSGI installations instructions. The resulting configuration (from the words of the mod_wsgi author) is supposed to be more efficient than one using mod_python.

Adjustments to the paths included in the .wsgi script must also be made. The Trac environment must point to the same path as was specified with Trac-admin path/to/env initenv.

The Python Egg cache directory on Windows:

  • If run under the user's session, the Python egg cache can be found in %AppData%\Roaming, for example:
    os.environ['TRAC_ENV'] = r'C:\TracEnvironment'
    os.environ['PYTHON_EGG_CACHE'] = r'C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Python-Eggs'
  • If run under a Windows service, you should create a directory for Python egg cache:
    os.environ['TRAC_ENV'] = r'C:\TracEnvironment'
    os.environ['PYTHON_EGG_CACHE'] = r'C:\Trac-Python-Eggs'

Apache and mod_python

You may try to use an older version, namely 3.3.1:

TODO check the compatibility between Apache 2.0/2.2 and the Subversion bindings. The latter are using libapr and libaprutil 0.9.12.

TODO newer versions of revived mod_python library untested.

Then, check the regular TracModPython instructions to see how to modify your http.conf file.

Authenticating Trac users against Windows domain controller

Running Trac in Apache, you can let your users login with their existing Windows username/password by using mod_sspi. If you use Subversion as a repository and access it through Apache, you can also do the same with Subversion.

Download this module here, place it in the Apache modules directory, and add the following line to your httpd.conf, with all the LoadModule instructions:

LoadModule sspi_auth_module modules/mod_auth_sspi.so

Then add the following to the end of http.conf, modified according to your settings:

<LocationMatch /MyTracRootURL/[^/]+/login>
        AuthType SSPI
        AuthName "Trac project management website @ MyLocalMachine"
        SSPIAuth On
        SSPIAuthoritative On
        SSPIDomain MyLocalDomain
        SSPIOfferBasic On
        Require valid-user

Then, if you change permissions in Trac using trac-admin.exe, remember to declare the user bob as MyLocalDomain\bob. The same remark applies for your Subversion repository accessfile. Alternatively add the parameter SSPIOmitDomain On and declare the user as bob.

Internet Information Services (IIS)

It is also possible to install Trac with IIS 6, though your mileage may vary.

By following the above, Trac will be installed as a CGI, so that will be quite slow. You might be better off following TracOnWindowsIisAjp, which looks more promising. There is also TracOnWindowsIisIsapi.

With IIS 8+ it should be possible to use HttpPlatformHandler as a proxy to Tracd.

Note: If you are having problems with IE not being able to submit data to Trac (i.e. when you edit a wiki page or submit a ticket Trac doesn't modify the page or add the bug). wiki:Trac0.9/TracOnWindows has more information on this issue.

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