Version:1.0, released 2011-04-04
Source:https://bitbucket.org/sluggo/akhet (Mercurial)
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Akhet is a Pylons-like application template (or “skeleton”) for the Pyramid web framework, along with a small support library to make Pyramid a bit easier to use. This manual explains Akhet and also attempts to be a gentle introduction to the Pyramid manual, which some people find overwhelming at first. This manual assumes you’re familiar with Python web development.

Coming soon: tutorials for new web developers, and a higher-level skeleton with more batteries. These are being written by third parties.


  • URL dispatch and view handlers, similar to Pylons’ Routes and controllers.
  • Asks whether to configure SQLAlchemy.
  • Sets up a transaction manager for request-wide commit and rollback.
  • A script to initialize the database (replaces “paster setup-app”).
  • Serves static files under “/”, mixed with your dynamic URLs.
  • Listens on localhost:5000 by default.
  • Logging configured in development.ini and production.ini.
  • Templates ending in .html are passed to Mako (or to your desired templater)
  • A helpers.py module tied to the h template global. (You can also choose your own template globals.)
  • “handlers”, “models”, and “lib” are packages to give plenty of room for large applications.
  • An extensible home page template, site template, and default stylesheet.


Akhet was previously called “pyramid_sqla”; it was changed to reflect its evolution from a SQLALchemy application skeleton to a more full-fledged Pylons-like skeleton. The SQLAlchemy library from pyramid_sqla was spun off to the “SQLAHelper” package.

The word “akhet” is the name of the hieroglyph that is Pylons’ icon: a sun shining over two pylons. It means “horizon” or “mountain of light”.

Akhet was developed on Python 2.6 and Ubuntu Linux 10.10. Pyramid runs on Python 2.4 - 2.7; Mac, Windows, Unix; CPython, Jython, and Google App Engine. It does not run on Python 3 yet; several dependencies are being updated for that.

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