How to Install Django


Django is a free and open source high-level Python web framework written in Python programming language that helps developers build complex web applications easily and quickly.With the help of Django Developers can built web application more quickly with less code and in easy manner.

Initial Set Up

Before using Django we have to install it first.  Being a Python Web framework, Django requires Python.

This tutorial will help you to a simple, minimal installation.

You have to check your python version that goes along with Django. for details. Python includes a lightweight database called SQLlite so you won’t need to set up a database just yet.

You can get the latest version of Python at or with your operating system’s package manager.

To check the version of python Simply type python in shell,which will give you something like this

Python 2.7.6 (default, Jun 22 2015, 17:58:13)
[GCC 4.8.2] on linux2
Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.

Before instantiating Django, we need to equip the server with Python. The common method of installation is by creating an isolated Python environment called virtualenv.

Virtualenv will make sure that  the python projects will not be affected by the changes made to the overall virtual server.  Also, Virtualenv doesn’t require root access for installation or maintenance .

Now, we can install Django  using Pip. Pip is a tool/moudle used for installing, upgrading and removing python packages easily. Here, in this tutorial since we are using Ubuntu, Pip is installed through apt-get as given below:

sudo apt-get install python-pip

Now, for installing Python, use the command below:

curl -O

To create a new virtualenv named example_env

python example_env

Once it is done, you have to  activate the virtualenv to make sure all the changes and installations will only be done within that environment. Here I am using the name example_env. You can replace with the newly created virtualenv.



Installing Django

Finally, its time to install Django.  we can easily install Django using Pip tool as given below:

pip install Django

Django will be installed on your droplet.

If you need to upgrade the Django to newer version or remove the Django

pip install –upgrade Django

To remove the Django

pip uninstall Django


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