If this is your first time using Django, you’ll have to take care of some initial setup. Namely, you’ll need to auto-generate some code that establishes a Django project – a collection of settings for an instance of Django, including database configuration, Django-specific options and application-specific settings.
From the command line run the following command:
$ django-admin startproject mysite
This will create a
mysite directory in your current directory. If it
didn’t work, see Problems running django-admin.
You’ll need to avoid naming projects after built-in Python or Django
components. In particular, this means you should avoid using names like
django (which will conflict with Django itself) or
conflicts with a built-in Python package).
Where should this code live?
If your background is in plain old PHP (with no use of modern
frameworks), you’re probably used to putting code under the Web server’s
document root (in a place such as
/var/www). With Django, you don’t do
that. It’s not a good idea to put any of this Python code within your
Web server’s document root, because it risks the possibility that people
may be able to view your code over the Web. That’s not good for
Put your code in some directory outside of the document root, such as
Let’s look at what
$ ls -R1 mysite mysite/ manage.py mysite/ __init__.py settings.py urls.py wsgi.py
These files are:
- The outer
mysite/root directory is just a container for your project. Its name doesn’t matter to Django; you can rename it to anything you like.
manage.py: A command-line utility that lets you interact with this Django project in various ways. You can read all the details about
- The inner
mysite/directory is the actual Python package for your project. Its name is the Python package name you’ll need to use to import anything inside it (e.g.
mysite/__init__.py: An empty file that tells Python that this directory should be considered a Python package. If you’re a Python beginner, read more about packages in the official Python docs.
mysite/settings.py: Settings/configuration for this Django project. Django settings will tell you all about how settings work.
mysite/urls.py: The URL declarations for this Django project; a "table of contents" of your Django-powered site. You can read more about URLs in URL dispatcher.
mysite/wsgi.py: An entry-point for WSGI-compatible web servers to serve your project. See How to deploy with WSGI for more details.