First of all, Comics is just a Django application. Thus, if there are details not outlined in Comics’ own docs, you’ll probably find the answer in Django’s docs. For example, database settings are mentioned on this page, but no details are given, as we’re just talking about Django’s database settings. Django got better docs for their database settings than we could ever write, so please refer to Django’s docs.

Get release

You can get hold of Comics in two ways:

  • Download the lastest release from

  • Clone the Git repository. You can do so by running:

    git clone

    You’ll then have the latest development snapshot in the main branch:

    cd comics/

    If you want to run a specific release, they are available as tags in the Git repository. If you checkout a tag name, you’ll have exactly the same as you find in the release archives:

    git tag -l
    git checkout v4.0.0

Software requirements

First of all, you need Python 3.7 or newer.

It is recommended to create a virtualenv to isolate the dependencies from other applications on the same system:

cd comics/
python3 -m venv .venv

Every time you want to use the virtualenv, it must be activated:

source .venv/bin/activate

If you make use of a virtualenv for a real deployment, you’ll also need to make sure that the app server and the cronjob activate the virtualenv.

Minimum dependencies

The absolute minimum requirements for getting Comics up and running can be installed with:

python3 -m pip install .

Optional dependencies for real deployments

To deploy Comics, you need a WSGI server. There are several options, but we tend to use Gunicorn. To install it, run:

python -m pip install ".[server]"

By default, Comics is configured to use an SQLite database. While SQLite is good enough for local development, we recommend PostgreSQL when running Comics long-term. To install the extra dependencies required to use PostgreSQL as the database, run:

python3 -m pip install ".[pgsql]"

Comics does not require a cache, but responses are significantly faster with a cache available. To install the dependencies required for to use memcached as a cache, run:

python3 -m pip install ".[cache]"

The Comics API is able to respond using JSON, XML, or several other formats. To install the dependencies required to provide all possible response formats, run:

python3 -m pip install ".[api]

Development dependencies

If you’re setting up Comics for development, you should install Poetry, and in the Comics git repository, run:

poetry install

This installs both the minimum dependencies as described above and all extra dependencies required for development.