Creating a new page in Launchpad

In this tutorial, we will be creating a new page in Launchpad that shows a greeting from a specific user. This will be available at /~username/+hello.


You have the Launchpad development environment set up.


A page in Launchpad requires a view class, an interface it is related to, and a page template to render the HTML. These are then mapped to a page at a specific URL using a ZCML directive. Let us learn how to do this in the following sections.

Identifying the interface

Since the page should show a greeting from a user, the context should be the user. In Launchpad, a user is represented by the IPerson interface, which is defined in lib/lp/registry/interfaces/

Creating a view class

The view classes are implemented in the browser/ subdirectory of a package in Launchpad. Since this view is providing functionality related to the Registry application in Launchpad (the IPerson interface is defined there), we will be adding this view class in that package.

Open lib/lp/registry/browser/ and add the following view class at the end of the file.

class PersonHelloView(LaunchpadView):
    """View used to show a hello message from an IPerson."""

    def label(self):
        return "{} says hello!".format(self.context.displayname)

    page_title = label

This view inherits from the LaunchpadView class that provides a lot of the functionality needed by a Launchpad page. Here, we have created a property named label and assigned its value to the page_title attribute of the class.

Creating the page template

We need a page template to render the data provided by the view class as HTML. So create a file named in the lib/lp/registry/templates directory and add the following contents.


The metal:use-macro attribute, with view/macro:page/main_only as its value, renders a base template of Launchpad with a specific layout. The base template has code to render the view’s label attribute as a heading. It also renders the page’s title using the view’s page_title attribute. With this, we get a page that looks like many of the existing pages in Launchpad, without having to write any other HTML or page template code.

Connecting the view, the interface, and the template

Now we have to configure Launchpad to serve this page. To do so, add the following ZCML directive to lib/lp/registry/browser/configure.zcml, above the <browser:pages> directive for the IPerson interface and the lp.registry.browser.person.PersonView view class.


This specifies that there is a new browser page for the IPerson interface, using the PersonHelloView view class and the page template. The permission, zope.Public, allows the page to be viewed by everyone who can view the user. The value of the name attribute, +hello, specifies the path at which this page can be accessed, relative to the URL of the IPerson interface. So if the URL for an IPerson page is /~username, this page should be available at /~username/+hello.

Viewing the page in the browser

Navigate to the top-level directory of the Launchpad repository inside the Launchpad LXC container. Run make run to start the development server and wait for it to finish loading.

Open the browser and navigate to https://launchpad.test/~name16/+hello. Here, name16 is a well-known, existing user in the Launchpad development database. Once the page loads, you can see that it is a typical Launchpad site page and that the Overview tab is active. You can also see a heading that says Foo Bar says hello! heading below the tab bar.

A screenshot of a Launchpad page showing a hello message from a user