You can install PoWA-web either using pip or manually.

Install with pip

On Centos 6, you can avoid installing the header files for Python and PostgreSQL by using the package for psycopg2:

yum install python-pip python-psycopg2
pip install powa-web

Install on Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora / Rocky Linux

The RPM package is available on the PostgreSQL YUM Repository. Follow the installation guidelines below to add this repository to your system:


Then install the package with:

Replace 13 by the major version number of the PostgreSQL instance.

Manual install

You’ll need the following dependencies:


apt-get install python python-psycopg2 python-sqlalchemy python-tornado


pacman -S python python-psycopg2 python-sqlalchemy python-tornado



Then, download the latest release on pypi, uncompress it, and copy the sample configuration file:

wget https://pypi.io/packages/source/p/powa-web/powa-web-4.1.3.tar.gz
tar -zxvf powa-web-4.1.3.tar.gz
cd powa-web-4.1.3
cp ./powa-web.conf-dist ./powa-web.conf

Then, jump on the next section to configure powa-web.


If you need to install powa-web on CentOS 6, here’s a workaround to install sqlalchemy 0.8:

  • An RPM can be found at this address

  • After installing the RPM, it’s required to perform

    ln -s /usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/SQLAlchemy-0.8.2-py2.6-linux-x86_64.egg/sqlalchemy /usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/


The powa-web configuration is stored as a simple python file. Powa-web will search its config as either of these files, in this order:

  • /etc/powa-web.conf

  • ~/.config/powa-web.conf

  • ~/.powa-web.conf

  • ./powa-web.conf

You’ll then be noticed of the address and port on which the UI is available. The default is, as indicated in this message:

  • [I 161105 20:27:39 powa-web:12] Starting powa-web on

The following options are required:

servers (dict):

A dictionary mapping server names to connection information.

  'main': {
    'host': 'localhost',
    'port': '5432',
    'database': 'powa'


If any of your databases is not in utf8 encoding, you should specify a client_encoding option as shown below. This requires at least psycopg2 version 2.4.3

  'main': {
    'host': 'localhost',
    'port': '5432',
    'database': 'powa',
    'query': {'client_encoding': 'utf8'}


You can set a username and password to allow logging into powa-web without providing credentials. In this case, the powa-web.conf file must be modified like this:

  'main': {
    'host': 'localhost',
    'port': '5432',
    'database': 'powa',
    'username' : 'pg_username',
    'password' : 'the password',
    'query': {'client_encoding': 'utf8'}
cookie_secret (str):

A secret key used to secure cookies transiting between the web browser and the server.


The following options are optional:

port (int):

The port on which the UI will be available (default 8888)

address (str):

The IP address on which the UI will be available (default

certfile (str):

Path to certificate file, to allow HTTPS traffic (keyfile is also required)

keyfile (str)/

Path to certificate private key file, to allow HTTPS traffic (certfile is also required)

url_prefix (str):

Custom URL prefix the UI should be available on

See also: