Frequently Asked Questions¶
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you are having issues with InvenTree please consult this list first!
Installing on Windows¶
InvenTree installation is not officially supported natively on Windows. However you can run on a Windows platform using docker.
Command 'invoke' not found¶
invoke command does not work, it means that the invoke python library has not been correctly installed.
Update the installed python packages with PIP:
pip3 install -U -r requirements.txt
If the installed version of invoke is too old, users may see error messages during the installation procedure, such as "'update' did not receive all required positional arguments!" (or similar).
As per the invoke guide, the minimum required version of Invoke is
To determine the version of invoke you have installed, run either:
python -m invoke --version
If you are running an older version of invoke, ensure it is updated to the latest version.
No module named 'django'¶
During the install or update process, you may be presented with an error like:
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'django'
Most likely you are trying to run the InvenTree server from outside the context of the virtual environment where the required python libraries are installed.
Always activate the virtual environment before running server commands!
Sometimes, users may encounter unexpected error messages when updating their InvenTree installation to a newer version.
The most common problem here is that the correct sequenct of steps has not been followed:
- Ensure that the InvenTree web server and background worker processes are halted
- Update the InvenTree software (e.g. using git or docker, depending on installation method)
- Run the
- Restart the web server and background worker processes
For more information, refer to the installation guides:
You must ensure that the
invoke update command is performed every time you update InvenTree
Feature x does not work after update¶
Before raising an issue, try hard-refreshing the browser cache:
Ctrl + Shift + R
Ctrl + F5
A Refreshing Solution
Background Worker Issues¶
Background Worker "Not Running"¶
The background worker process must be started separately to the web-server application.
From the top-level source directory, run the following command from a separate terminal, while the server is already running:
A better option is to manage the background worker process using a process manager such as supervisor. Refer to the production server guide.
File Sync Issues - Docker¶
Permission denied for mkdir: /home/inventree¶
If you see an error message like this:
Permission denied for mkdir: /home/inventree/data/static
It means that the user running the InvenTree server does not have permission to create the required directories.
Ensure that the user running the InvenTree server has permission to create the required directories. For example, if running the server as the
inventree user, ensure that the
inventree user has permission to create the required directories.
If you are using Docker to run the InvenTree server, ensure that the user that runs the docker daemon has permission to create the required directories in the volume.
Failed to mount local volume¶
If, when running InvenTree setup using docker, you see an error message like this:
Error response from daemon: failed to mount local volume:
This means that either:
- The specified directory does not exist on your local machine
- The docker user does not have write permission to the specified directory
In either case, ensure that the directory is available on your local machine and the user account has the required permissions.