Wakarimasen is still experimental software - use it at your own risk and if you know how to fix stuff when it breaks.


  • Shell access to the server
  • Python >= 2.6, <= 3
  • Werkzeug
  • SQLAlchemy >= 0.8
  • Jinja2
  • ImageMagick commandline tools (convert and identify)
  • file command

Supported deployment methods

  • uWSGI
  • FastCGI
  • CGI (fallback)

Supported webservers

  • Apache: Completely supported
  • nginx: Works, but a few features such as bans rely in .htaccess
  • lighttpd: Works, but same as nginx.

Development server included (python http)

Note on root access

Most instructions in here assume that you have at least a virtual private server with root access. However, it’s technically possible to install requirements using virtualenv and use wakarimasen over cgi or fastcgi if already configured in a shared server.

Installing dependencies

All dependencies should be available from the package manager of the average linux distro.

If the python dependencies are too old, you could install them with pip instead. If you don’t want or can’t do system-wide installs of python packages, virtualenv exists and integrates nicely with pip.

If you don’t have convert, identify or file, and can’t install them with a package manager system-wide, well, hope you don’t mind not having images in the imageboard.

Basic installation (CGI)

This section explains the simplest setup, assuming that your webserver already has CGI working. If you need to configure your webserver for cgi or something more efficient than cgi, see Webserver configuration

  1. First, place the source code somewhere in the docroot. That is, the file should be where you’d put an index.html file.

  2. Copy to Edit it and set ADMIN_PASS, SECRET and SQL_ENGINE. The format for SQL_ENGINE is the following:


    You can also use sqlite:

    SQL_ENGINE = 'sqlite:///wakarimasen.sqlite'
    SQL_POOLING = False

    Note that this will create the database in the current directory - please avoid exposing it to the webserver!

  3. Now make sure the shebang line in points to the right python interpreter (the default is #!/usr/bin/python2, do not use a python 3.x interpreter) and that the file has execute permissions. If you use suexec for cgi, it must be chmod 755, too.

    Visit - This will check for any configuration errors in your installation, and if everything is okay, it should open the first time setup page. Enter the ADMIN_PASS here.

  4. To create a new board called /temp/, copy the base_board directory:

    cp -r base_board temp

    Edit temp/ Important settings are NUKE_PASS, TITLE and SQL_TABLE. Keep in mind most of those options are not supported for now (captcha, load balancing, proxy, etc).

  5. Go to - This should rebuild the cache and redirect you to your board.