Required Experiment Files

Dallinger is flexible with regards to the form the front end takes. However, there are a number of required or forbidden files. You can verify that a directory is compatible by running the verify command from a terminal within the directory. Though just because these checks pass doesn’t mean the experiment will run! The minimal required structure is as follows:

Blue items are (optional) directories (note that the experiment directory can have any name), green items are required files (the README file can be either a txt file or a md file), and red items are forbidden files that will cause a conflict at run time.

Required files

  • config.txt - The config file contains a variety of parameters that affect how Dallinger runs. For more info see…

  • - This is a python file containing the custom experiment code.

  • README.txt/md - This (hopefully) contains a helpful description of the experiment.

Forbidden files

A number of files cannot be included in the experiment directory. This is because, when Dallinger runs, it inserts a number of required files into the experiment directory and will overwrite any files with the same name. The files are as follows:

  • complete.html - this html page shows when dallinger is run in debug mode and the experiment is complete.

  • error_dallinger.html - this is a flexible error page that shows when something goes wrong.

  • launch.html - this page is shown when the /launch route is pinged and the experiment starts successfully.

  • waiting.html - this page shows a standard waiting room for experiments that require multiple users at once.

  • robots.txt - this file is returned to bots (e.g. from Google) that bump into the experiment when crawling the internet.

  • dallinger2.js - this is a javascript library with a number of helpful functions.

  • reqwest.min.js - this is required for dallinger2.js to work.

  • dallinger.css - this contains several css classes that are used in the demos.

Custom files

You can specify files from outside the experiment directory that should be merged in using the extra_files function. This is a module-level function in the file that returns a sequence of source and destination tuples. The source can be either a file or a directory.

For example:

def extra_files():
    return [
        ("/home/user/stimulus.txt", "/static/stimulus.txt"),
        ("/home/user/stimuluses", "/static/stimuluses"),

You can also provide this as a class method on the Experiment class.