Migrating our production deployment from MariaDB Galera to PostgreSQL and Patroni

This night, pretix.eu had a planned outage for around 70 minutes to allow us to make a fundamental change to our service architecture. In this blogpost, we want to go into detail on what we changed and why. We hope this might be insightful for you if you run a similar service or if you are just curious about the challenges we experience along the way.

Author's profile picture Raphael Michel on Technology and Databases

Writing your own CUPS printer driver in 100 lines of Python

In version 1.8 of pretix, we introduced shipping management as a new feature for the pretix Hosted and Enterprise editions. With this plug-in, you can choose not to deliver your tickets to your visitors as a downloadable file, but to send them via snail mail instead. Of course, you can just download those tickets as regular-sized PDF files, print them out and ship them, but the feature is usually most interesting if you want to send out high-quality tickets that look good e.g. in a gift wrapping under a christmas tree or pinned to a wall as a souvenier of the event.

Author's profile picture Raphael Michel on Technology and Printers

My little trade show – enterprise sales is magic

Being somehow experienced with software development, we are still early in the process of learning how to get pretix to the right customers and turn pretix into a sustainable and profitable project. As one of many experiments on this journey, we presented at a major trade fair for the first time this week. With this blog post, we want to give detailled insight into the process, our decisions and our new experiences. If you are preparing to go on a trade show for the first time, this might give you valuable insight – or just a fun read.

Author's profile picture Raphael Michel on Business and Sales

Yet another blog?

Welcome to behind.pretix.eu! What is this, you may ask? Yes, pretix already has a blog at pretix.eu but we sometimes want to share some backstage information with you that might be interesting to some of you who maintain open source projects, run software services or create businesses yourself.

Author's profile picture Raphael Michel on Meta