Deploying Python Web Applications

Last updated: 2020-06-03 14:06:32

    Django is an open-source web application framework written in Python.
    This document describes how to deploy the default Django website to a CVM instance that runs Python 2.7.

    Software environments used include CentOS 7.2, Python 2.7, and Django 1.11.

    Step 1. Log in to the CVM instance

    For more information on CVM purchase and access, please see Customizing Linux CVM Configurations.

    Step 2. Install Python

    Python is installed in CentOS by default. You can view the Python version by running python --version.

    Step 3. Install Django

    1. Install pip.
      yum install python-pip 
    2. Update the pip package.
      pip install --upgrade pip
    3. Install Django through pip.
      pip install Django==1.11
    4. View the Django version to see whether the installation is successful.
      python # Enter the Python command line
      >>> import django
      >>> django.VERSION

    Step 4. Install the MySQLdb module

    Install the supporting modules of MySQL.

    yum install python-devel
    yum install mysql-devel
    yum -y install mysql-devel libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt* zlib gcc openssl
    yum install gcc libffi-devel python-devel openssl-devel
    pip install MySQL-python

    Step 5. Install the Apache service

    1. Install Apache in the CVM instance with yum.
      yum install httpd -y
    2. Launch the Apache service.
      service httpd start
    3. Test Apache.

      In this step, you should configure an inbound rule with the source being all and the port protocol being TCP:80 in the security group of your CVM instance. For more information on security group configuration, please see Security Groups.

      Enter in your local browser (where is the public IP of your CVM instance). If the following page appears, Apache has launched successfully.

    Step 6. Install Apache's mod_wsgi extension as a Django application container

    1. Install httpd-devel.
      yum install -y httpd-devel
    2. Install mod_wsgi.
      yum install -y mod_wsgi

    Step 7. Create a project to test the Django environment

    1. Create a test project under /usr/local by running startproject projectname, where projectname is the project name.
      cd /usr/local startproject projectname
    2. Create a django.wsgi file in the project's root directory to support Apache.
      cd /usr/local/projectname
      vim django.wsgi
    3. Enter the following content in django.wsgi:
      import os
      import sys
      from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
      sys.path.insert(0, os.path.join(os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(__file__)), '.'))
      os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'projectname.settings'
      application = get_wsgi_application()
    4. Add Apache support by adding the following content to httpd.conf in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:
      LoadModule wsgi_module modules/
      WSGIScriptAlias /python "/usr/local/projectname/django.wsgi"
      <Directory "/usr/local/projectname">
       AllowOverride None
       Options None
       Require all granted
      <Directory "/usr/local/projectname">
       AllowOverride None
       Options None
       Require all granted
    5. Create a view and the file in the project directory /usr/local/projectname/projectname as the access entry with the following content:
      from django.http import HttpResponse
      def hello(request):
          return HttpResponse("Hello world ! ")
    6. Configure the URL and the file in the project directory /usr/local/projectname/projectname. Delete the original content and add the following:
      from django.conf.urls import *
      from projectname.view import hello
      urlpatterns = [
    7. Modify the file in the *project directory * /usr/local/projectname/projectname.
      ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['*']
    8. Restart the Apache service.
      service httpd restart
    9. Enter in your local browser (where is the public IP of your CVM instance). If "Hello world !" appears on the page, the project environment has been set up successfully.

    Step 8. Configure TencentDB in Django (optional)

    1. Configure the file in the project directory.
      DATABASES = {
       'default': {
           'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.mysql',
           'NAME': 'mysql',
           'USER': 'root', # TencentDB account name
           'PASSWORD': '123456', # TencentDB account password
           'HOST': '', # TencentDB private IP address
           'PORT': '3306', # TencentDB port
    2. After configuration, run the following command to test the database connection:
      $python validate/check
    3. Once the test is passed, database operations can be performed. For more information, please see Models and databases.

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