How to Integrate a new Module

Start your Django app by running the following command inside the top-level heliport module (i.e. $REPO_ROOT/heliport):

heliport-cli startapp your_app_name

This will create a new app directory on the same level as the existing ones.

After you changed the database schema update the database:


In some environments your_app_name might not be required as by default migrations for all apps are made.

heliport-cli makemigrations your_app_name
heliport-cli migrate

Update the following settings in

  • Add your_app_name to the HELIPORT_SYSTEM_APPS list

  • Add your modules to a phase in HELIPORT_GRAPH

    • Refer to a module by its “module_id” (see “Export an Interface” below)

  • If your modules have any dependencies, add them to HELIPORT_DEPENDENCIES

    • Refer to a module by its “module_id”

    • A module is only available to be added to a project if all dependencies are already in the project

Add path('your_app_name/', include('heliport.your_app_name.urls')), to heliport_config/

Export an Interface to HELIPORT

Create a file called “” in the folder of your app

  • from heliport.core.app_interaction import Module

  • Create one or more classes that inherit from Module with the following fields:

    • Property name: The name shown in project graph

    • Property module_id: The name used in to refer to this module

    • Function get_url(project): The link to your initial view of the app for a project

    • Function is_configured(project): Return True if module should be shown in project graph (e.g. check if the user created at least one object in your module for that project)

  • If your app has an API add a function get_api_root() with no arguments returning the url to a simple describing page of your api

  • To make objects in your app searchable with the global search add a function get_search_url() with no arguments returning the url to a view that renders a html div containing search results given a query parameter q=multi word search string

  • To make objects of your app appear in the metadata schema of a project add a function serialize_project(project) returning a dict that gets merged with the metadata returned by other apps

  • To register a view for creating a HELIPORT Project add a function get_project_create_urls() with no arguments, returning a dict mapping the name of your Project creation method (Arbitrary String) to a URL in your app where the user can create a new HELIPORT project

  • Add from . import interface to of your app

Use HELIPORT infrastructure inside your app

  • Use the heliport base.html in your templates:

    • Begin your template with {% extends 'core/base/base.html' %}

    • Implement

      {% block content %}
      <!-- your content -->
      {% endblock %}
    • If you have scripts use

      {% block script %}
        // your scripts
      {% endblock %}
  • To create a custom model in; addable to a project

    • from heliport.core.models import DigitalObject

    • Inherit from DigitalObject in your model

    • To register a handle for your model call its register_handle(request) method with the request of the current view (note that before calling the category property has to be set to a string, the object has to be saved)

  • To use HELIPORT views

    • from heliport.core.custom_views import HeliportObjectMixin, HeliportProjectMixin

    • If you want a view for an HELIPORT project use HeliportProjectMixin, make sure your url parameter is called “project”

    • If you want a view for a model inheriting from DigitalObject use HeliportObjectMixin

    • If you make HeliportObjectMixin or HeliportProjectMixin the first parent of your view class, authorization of the user to access the project is ensured

    • Both views include “project” in the context for rendering

  • To let HELIPORT generate a view and template for you

    • from heliport.core.custom_views import HeliportObjectListView

    • Create a View inheriting from HeliportObjectListView

    • Set the model property to the class of the model that inherits from DigitalObject

    • Create two urls and specify them in your view:

      • Set the list_url attribute to a string that is valid when passed to djangos reverse() function with kwarg “project”

      • Set the update_url attribute to a string that is valid when passed to djangos reverse() function with kwargs “project” and “pk”

    • for more features:

      • Let you guide by error messages

      • Look for examples in other apps like the “sharelatex” app

      • Look at the implementation in heliport.custom_views.HeliportObjectListView