Django installation and configuration

Virtual environment for Django
First we need to create a virtual environment for Django. We use the Anaconda-Navigator to create the base for the new environment. We also aim to use Nginx as an http and reverse proxy server and uWSGI as a Web Server Interface Gateway. In Mac there is some conflict with the versions (django, uwsgi, nginx) and therefore we need to use python version 3.5 in order to get a working setup.

First step: In the Anaconda-Navigator create a new virtual environment based on Python 3.5 (we name here the new environment as virtual_environment).

The benefit of using the Anaconda-Navigator is that it allows several python versions running simultaneously in one machine. Add a PostgresSQL package (in Anaconda-Navigator)


Then go to the terminal window and activate the virtual environment

$ source activate virtual_environment

and add the following packages

$ pip install django
$ pip install uwsgi

The latter package uWSGI is needed for the communication between Django and Nginx. The virtual environment for the Django should now be ready to use.

Installation of Django
On Mac create a new directory where you want to install the Django, for example, a directory called Project. Then go to this directory

$ cd Project

Then on the terminal window type

$ django-admin startproject mysite .
$ python startapp main

Django should now be installed. Type on the terminal window

$ python runserver

and on the browser type the link

You should now see the Django homepage.

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