Installing a Django Application

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Create a virtual environment

Using a virtual environment is not mandatory but represents good practice.

$ python -m venv myenv
$ source myenv/bin/activate

Installing the application

There are a number of ways to install a Django application. Here are some examples.

Via pip

If the application to deploy is available as a package, it can be installed with pip:

$ python -m pip install wagtail
$ wagtail start myapp

Via Git

If the code for your application is available on a Git (or Mercurial, SVN etc.) deposit:

$ git clone https://path/to/myapp.git

New project

If you start a new application, you can use django-admin:

$ python -m pip install Django
$ django-admin startproject myapp

Other methods

You can install your application in a number of other ways: rsync, FTP etc.

Installing dependencies

If your application has dependencies, you can install them:

$ python -m pip install -r requirements.txt

Configuring the application

You will probably need to change your application’s settings, e.g. by configuring a database (find your connection information in the relevant administration section, e.g. Databases > PostgreSQL).

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql',
        'NAME': 'mydatabase',
        'USER': 'mydatabaseuser',
        'PASSWORD': 'mypassword',
        'HOST': 'postgresql-[foo]',
        'PORT': '5432',

[foo] must be replaced by the accurate account name.

Adding a WSGI site

Add a WSGI site in the Web > Sites section of the administration heading:

  • addresses: (for example)
  • type: Python WSGI
  • application path: /myapp/myapp/
  • working directory: /myapp/
  • virtualenv directory: /myenv/
  • static paths: /static=static