This is a django template with custom configuration. It requires uwsgi as application server
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This is a Django template with custom configuration. It requires uWSGI as application server

NOTE : for OSX check uwsgi-emperor-mode to configure your own local server with emperor.


Set you environment. We kindly suggest updating pip to the latest version and using a virtualenv to wrap all your work.


Use one this options to create an empty virtualenv with the right python version, and activate it:

NOTE : replace venvs with your actual virtualenv directory

  • use virtualenv for python2:

    $ pip install --user -U pip virtualenv
    $ virtualenv --python=python3 ~/venvs/{{project_name}}
    $ source ~/venvs/{{project_name}}/bin/activate
  • use venv for python3:

    $ pip3 install --user -U pip
    $ python3 -m venv ~/venvs/{{project_name}}
    $ source ~/venvs/{{project_name}}/bin/activate
  • use virtualenvwrapper for an easier workflow:

    $ pip install --user -U pip virtualenvwrapper
    $ mkvirtualenv --python=python3 {{project_name}}
    $ workon {{project_name}}


To use this template you need the latest Django and Invoke version installed.

({{project_name}}) $ pip install -U django invoke



To start a new project with this template:

({{project_name}}) $ startproject --template -e cfg,ini,md,py,yaml,template -n Makefile {{project_name}}


To clone an existing project created with this template:

({{project_name}}) $ git clone{{project_name}}.git

NOTE : If you're cloning an existing project, make sure you go to the correct branch (e.g. git checkout develop)


  1. Enter the folder of your project (es: ~/projects/{{project_name}})

  2. To configure the project execute init task and answer all questions:

    ({{project_name}}) $ inv init
  3. To merge your project with git repository execute:

    ({{project_name}}) $ inv gitclone <your_repo_git_url>
  4. Check {{project_name}}/settings/*.py and {{project_name}}/ to configure your project

  5. Enjoy

Data Setup

Database reset

To execute only if you want reset all data:

({{project_name}}) $ inv dropdb
({{project_name}}) $ inv createdb
({{project_name}}) $ python migrate

Superuser creation

Execute after the first installation if you need a super user for your admin

({{project_name}}) $ python createsuperuser



To list all outdated installed packages execute:

({{project_name}}) $ pip list -o


To add/remove packages or modify their versions edit requirements/*.ini files and to update all related requirements/*.txt execute:

({{project_name}}) $ make pip

To update sub-dependencies (es: packages listed in install_requires) use 'p' option as below:

({{project_name}}) $ make pip p='-P pytz'


To install the updated requirements/dev.txt in your local virtualenv execute:

({{project_name}}) $ make dev


To run test and behave with coverage execute:

({{project_name}}) $ make test

NOTE : django-bdd-toolkit to use behave in a regular django project.

Frontend building

The command installs dependencies and compiles the frontend code into static files that are used in the views.

({{project_name}}) $ make npm

Continuous Integration

To setup the build in a Continuous Integration environment (eg: jenkins) use this code:

make ci PASSWORD=<db_user_password> SECRETKEY=<django_secret_key>


To deploy your project in the alpha instance you need to rename the deploy/alpha.yaml.template and deploy/hosts.template file and edit with your correct credentials.

"alpha" environment is just an example. For every environment you need, you can duplicate alpha configurations to other files (eg. beta.yaml or production.yaml) and correspondent Makefile commands.

Both the remote server and the ci system need node.js to build static files by default. If you don't need any module bundler you can modify Makefile ci command and deploy/deploy.yaml deleting useless commands.

To initialize the alpha instance you have to execute the next two commands:

({{project_name}}) $ make initalpha
({{project_name}}) $ make alpha

To update your alpha instance after some code updates you have to execute the next command only:

({{project_name}}) $ make alpha