External dependencies


Those dependencies are handled automatically if you are deploying using docker

Database setup (PostgreSQL)

Funkwhale requires a PostgreSQL database to work properly. Please refer to the PostgreSQL documentation for installation instructions specific to your os.

On Debian-like systems, you would install the database server like this:

sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib

On Arch Linux and its derivatives:

sudo pacman -S postgresql

On Arch, you’ll also need to initialize the database. See the Arch Linux wiki.

The remaining steps are heavily inspired from this Digital Ocean guide.

Open a database shell:

sudo -u postgres psql

Create the project database and user:

CREATE USER funkwhale;


It’s important that you use utf-8 encoding for your database, otherwise you’ll end up with errors and crashes later on when dealing with music metadata that contains non-ascii chars.

Assuming you already have created your funkwhale user, you should now be able to open a postgresql shell:

sudo -u funkwhale -H psql

Unless you give a superuser access to the database user, you should also enable some extensions on your database server, as those are required for Funkwhale to work properly:

sudo -u postgres psql funkwhale -c 'CREATE EXTENSION "unaccent";'
sudo -u postgres psql funkwhale -c 'CREATE EXTENSION "citext";'

Cache setup (Redis)

Funkwhale also requires a cache server:

  • To make the whole system faster, by caching network requests or database queries

  • To handle asynchronous tasks such as music import

On Debian-like distributions, a redis package is available, and you can install it:

sudo apt-get install redis-server

On Arch Linux and its derivatives:

sudo pacman -S redis

This should be enough to have your redis server set up.

External Authentication (LDAP)

LDAP support requires some additional dependencies to enable. On the OS level both libldap2-dev and libsasl2-dev are required, and the Python modules python-ldap and python-django-auth-ldap must be installed. These dependencies are all included in the requirements.* files so deploying with those will install these dependencies by default. However, they are not required unless LDAP support is explicitly enabled. See LDAP configuration for more details.