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RED-start installs a script which allows the easy creation of Django projects and applications based the layout used at RED Interactive Agency.

How to use

Creating a project

pip install red-start
red-start project

This will use the default project template, which includes red-boilerplate.

Running a project

cd example
sh scripts/
source env/bin/activate
cd project
python syncdb
python runserver

How to contribute

Fork the project, make your changes, then run


This command will:

  • create a test project using the ff0000 template

If everything runs correctly, then submit a pull request via Github.

You can have the tests run automatically before any commit by adding an executable file .git/hooks/pre-commit with this code:

python || exit 1

How does it work

Creating a project from a template

Running red-start does three simple things:

  1. Creates a new folder called <folder_name>.
  2. Copies in that folder all the files included in the project template folder. This can be specified with the --template-dir option; the default is templates/project/ff0000.
  3. If a file called is present in that folder, and if it contains a function called after_copy, then that file is loaded and that function executed.

As an example, in the case of the ff0000 project template, the after_copy function downloads an HTML5 boilerplate from GitHub, prompts the user for some variables and substitutes them in the template. This is just an example, other project templates can perform any other operation.

Creating a new project template

To add a new project template to red-start, simply add it in the templates folder, under project. If you need to perform extra actions after the files have been copied, add a file called with an after_copy function (take a look at existing templates).

Finally, to use the newly created template, just indicate its path as the --template-dir option, for instance: --template-dir=/your/custom/template new_example