Instruction for contributors

Developer environment

First clone the git repo:

$ git clone
$ cd aiopg

After that you need to create and activate a virtual environment. I recommend using virtualenvwrapper but just virtualenv or venv will also work. For virtualenvwrapper:

$ mkvirtualenv aiopg -p `which python3`

For venv (for example; put the directory wherever you want):

$ python3 -m venv ../venv_directory
$ source ../venv_directory/bin/activate

Just as when doing a normal install, you need the libpq library:

$ sudo apt-get install libpq-dev


The latest aiopg test suite uses docker container for running Postgres server. See for instructions for Docker installing.

No local Postgres server needed.

In the virtual environment you need to install aiopg itself and some additional development tools (the development tools are needed for running the test suite and other development tasks):

$ pip install -Ue .
$ pip install -Ur requirements.txt

That’s all.

To run all of the aiopg tests do:

$ make test

This command runs pep8 and pyflakes first and then executes the aiopg unit tests.

When you are working on solving an issue you will probably want to run some specific test, not the whole suite:

$ py.test -s -k test_initial_empty

For debug sessions I prefer to use ipdb, which is installed as part of the development tools. Insert the following line into your code in the place where you want to start interactively debugging the execution process:

import ipdb; ipdb.set_trace()

The library is reasonably well covered by tests. There is a make target for generating the coverage report:

$ make cov


I like to get well-formed Pull Requests on github. The pull request should include both the code fix and tests for the bug.

If you cannot make a good test yourself or want to report a problem, please open an issue at