Live demo: https://pytaku.imnhan.com (db may be hosed any time, also expect bugs)
Production instance coming When It's Ready (tm).
Pytaku is a WIP web-based manga reader that keeps track of your reading progress and new chapter updates. Its design goals are:
Self-host friendly - if you have a UNIX-like server with python3.7+ and can
pip install, you're good.
Phone/tablet friendly - although I hardly read any webtoons these days so the phone experience may not be as polished.
KISSFFS, or Keep It reaSonably Simple you F-ing architecture/tooling FetishiSts! Oftentimes I have enough practice on industrial grade power tools at work so at home I want a change of pace. Flask + raw SQL has been surprisingly comfy. On the other side, mithril.js provides a good baseline of SPA functionality without having to pull in the Rube Goldberg machine that is """modern""" JS devtools.
On Chapter page, press
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## Backend ## poetry install pytaku-generate-config > pytaku.conf.json # fill stuff as needed # run migration script once pytaku-migrate # run 2 processes: pytaku-dev -p 8000 # development webserver pytaku-scheduler # scheduled tasks e.g. update titles ## Frontend ## sudo pacman -S entr # to watch source files npm install -g --prefix ~/.node_modules esbuild # to bundle js # Listen for changes in js-src dir, automatically build minified bundle: find src/pytaku/js-src -name '*.js' | entr -rc \ esbuild src/pytaku/js-src/main.js \ --bundle --sourcemap --minify \ --outfile=src/pytaku/static/js/main.min.js
Eventually mangasee started using a somewhat aggressive cloudflare protection so cloudscraper alone is not enough (looks like our IP got blacklisted or throttled all the time), so now I have to send requests through a crappy GAE-based proxy. You'll need to spin up your own proxy instance (Google App Engine free tier is enough for personal use), then fill out OUTGOING_PROXY_NETLOC and OUTGOING_PROXY_KEY accordingly.
Yes it's not a standards-compliant http(s) proxy so you can't just use yours. I chose the cheapest (free) way to get a somewhat reliable IP-rotating proxy.
Can be run with just
pytest. It needs a pytaku.conf.json as well.
sudo pacman python-black python-isort flake8 prettier npm install -g --prefix ~/.node_modules jshint
Gotcha: mangasee image servers will timeout if you try to download images via ipv6, so you'll need to disable IPv6 on your VM. It's unfortunate that python-requests [doesn't][https://github.com/psf/requests/issues/1691] have an official way to specify ipv4/ipv6 on its API, and I'm too lazy to figure out alternatives.
I'm running my instance on Debian 11, but any unix-like environment with these should work:
pip install pytaku
The following is a step-by-step guide on Debian 11.
sudo apt install python3-pip pip3 install --user pytaku # now make sure ~/.local/bin is in your $PATH so pytaku commands are usable pytaku-generate-config > pytaku.conf.json # fill stuff as needed # run migration script once pytaku-migrate # run 2 processes: pytaku -w 7 # production web server - args are passed as-is to gunicorn pytaku-scheduler # scheduled tasks e.g. update titles # don't forget to setup your proxy, same as in development: # https://git.sr.ht/~nhanb/gae-proxy # upgrades: pip3 install --user --upgrade pytaku pytaku-migrate # then restart `pytaku` & `pytaku-scheduler` processes
If you're exposing your instance to the internet, I don't have to remind you to properly set up a firewall and a TLS-terminating reverse proxy e.g. nginx/caddy, right?
Alternatively, just setup a personal tailscale network and let them worry about access control and end-to-end encryption for you.
With the setup above, you're serving static assets using gunicorn, which is not ideal performance-wise. For private usage this doesn't really matter. However, if you want to properly serve static assets using nginx and the like, you can copy all static assets into a designated directory with:
This will copy all assets into
target_dir/static. You can now instruct
nginx/caddy/etc. to serve this dir on
/static/* paths. There's an example
caddyfile to do this in the ./contrib/ dir.
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