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installing django in debian jessie with python3, mysql, apache2 and mod-wsgi directly


aptitude install python3-django python3 libapache2-mod-wsgi-py3 python3-mysql.connector apache2

(optionally add a local mysql server if you need one locally)

aptitude install mysql-server

Make sure the wsgi module is enabled

dpkg-reconfigure libapache2-mod-wsgi-py3

Create workspace, in my case instance zealot is installed in /var/django/zealot

mkdir -p /var/django && cd /var/django
/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/bin/ startproject zealot .

Create your database (log into mysql first as a user that can do this)

CREATE USER 'newuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT ALL ON database.* TO 'newuser'@'localhost';

(obviously these are placeholder values, use real names and a secure password!)

example apache config

Below apache config works with python 3 and the debian django repository (specifically, the static alias is on a separate location). Outside of that in my example the django instance named zealot is stored in /var/django/zealot. Apache config file location in debian:


Create a symlink to redirect to the distro provided static files:

mkdir /var/django/media/ 
cd /var/django/media/ 
ln -s /usr/share/python-django-common/django/contrib/admin/static/admin
<VirtualHost *:80>
Alias /media/ /var/django/media/
Alias /static/ /var/django/static/

<Directory /var/django/static>
Require all granted

<Directory /var/django/media>
Require all granted

 WSGIDaemonProcess zealot python-path=/var/django:/usr/lib/python3.4
 WSGIProcessGroup zealot
 WSGIScriptAlias / /var/django/zealot/

 <Directory /var/django/zealot/>
 Require all granted



In my example /var/django/zealot holds this file and again the project is named zealot so settings match that. Adjust the database and other parameters (timezone, domain, etc.) according to your own environment.

import os
BASE_DIR = os.path.dirname(os.path.dirname(__file__))
SECRET_KEY = 'key'
DEBUG = False
            '',  # Allow domain and subdomains
ROOT_URLCONF = 'zealot.urls'
WSGI_APPLICATION = 'zealot.wsgi.application'
    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'mysql.connector.django',
        'NAME': 'zealot',
        'USER': 'user',
        'PASSWORD': 'password',
        'HOST': 'localhost',
        'PORT': '3306',
TIME_ZONE = 'America/Los_Angeles'
USE_I18N = True
USE_L10N = True
USE_TZ = True
STATIC_URL = '/static/'

installing django in debian jessie with python, mysql, apache2 and mod-wsgi inside a virtualenv


aptitude install python-virtualenv python libapache2-mod-wsgi apache2 python-pip virtualenv

create and activate the virtualenv

We create a virtualenv repository in /var, and create a virtualenv there specifically for our django instance. Then we initialize it.

mkdir -p /var/virtualenv/
cd /var/virtualenv/
virtualenv  django
source /var/virtualenv/django/bin/activate

update pip and then install django

/var/virtualenv/django/bin/pip install -U pip
/var/virtualenv/django/bin/pip install django

django requires the right version of mysql-connector-python. It's a nightmare to find it, but below steps currently work:

aptitude install git
/var/virtualenv/django/bin/pip install --egg --allow-all-external git+git://

Create workspace, in my case instance zealot is installed in /var/virtualenv/django/zealot

cd /var/virtualenv/django && bin/ startproject zealot

add some optional packages

/var/virtualenv/django/bin/pip install termcolor
/var/virtualenv/django/bin/pip install pytz
/var/virtualenv/django/bin/pip install prettytable tricks

enforce uniqueness of multiple fields in a model table

class SomeModel(models.Model):
   class Meta:
       unique_together = (("field1", "field2"),)