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A project template for Django 1.6 (with a tag for Django 1.5).

To use this project follow these steps:

  1. Create your working environment
  2. Install Django
  3. Create the new project using the django-two-scoops template
  4. Install additional dependencies
  5. Use the Django admin to create the project

note: these instructions show creation of a project called "icecream". You should replace this name with the actual name of your project.

Working Environment

You have several options in setting up your working environment. We recommend using virtualenv to separate the dependencies of your project from your system's python environment. If on Linux or Mac OS X, you can also use virtualenvwrapper to help manage multiple virtualenvs across different projects.

Virtualenv Only

First, make sure you are using virtualenv ( Once that's installed, create your virtualenv:

$ virtualenv icecream

You will also need to ensure that the virtualenv has the project directory added to the path. Adding the project directory will allow to be able to change settings using the --settings flag.

Virtualenv with virtualenvwrapper

In Linux and Mac OSX, you can install virtualenvwrapper (, which will take care of managing your virtual environments and adding the project path to the site-directory for you:

$ mkdir icecream
$ mkvirtualenv -a icecream icecream-dev
$ cd icecream && add2virtualenv `pwd`

Using virtualenvwrapper with Windows

There is a special version of virtualenvwrapper for use with Windows (

> mkdir icecream
> mkvirtualenv icecream-dev
> add2virtualenv icecream

Installing Django

To install Django in the new virtual environment, run the following command:

$ pip install django

Creating your project

To create a new Django project called 'icecream' using django-twoscoops-project, run the following command:

$ startproject --template= --extension=py,rst,html icecream_project

For Django 1.5 users, we recommend:

$ startproject --template= --extension=py,rst,html icecream_project

Installation of Dependencies

Depending on where you are installing dependencies:

In development:

$ pip install -r requirements/local.txt

For production:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

note: We install production requirements this way because many Platforms as a Services expect a requirements.txt file in the root of projects.

Follows Best Practices

This project follows best practices as espoused in Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.6.


  • Many thanks to Randall Degges for the inspiration to write the book and django-skel.
  • All of the contributors to this project.
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