How to Install Django on CentOS 7

September 7, 2016

How to Install Django on CentOS 7

Django is a powerful Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source.

Step 1: Update the system

After the reboot finishes, log in with the same sudo user.

Step 2: Install pip and necessary dependencies

Use the commands below to install the latest version of pip:

Step 3: Install virtualenv

You can use pip to install virtualenv:

Step 4: Create a virtual environment using virtualenv

Say that you want to create a dedicated virtual environment to contain the Django framework:

The command above will create the directory

that contains your virtual environment.

Step 5: Install Django in the virtual environment

First, activate the virtual environment:

The prompt of your SSH terminal will resemble the following:

This means that you have stepped into the virtual environment “djangoenv”. Install Django in the virtual environment:

Be aware that you are installing Django locally, so you don’t need to use the sudo command.

Step 6: Create a sample Django project

Now that the Django framework has been installed, you can to give it a test drive by creating a sample project.

The command above will create a directory prj1 in your working directory ~, and store all necessary files within.

Run the commands below in sequence to get your application started. Follow the instructions on screen to provide the superuser’s credentials.

In order to allow access to port 8000, you need to modify firewall rules in a new SSH connection:

Use a web browser to visit your application:

Upon success, you will see a Django page with the following output:

It worked!
Congratulations on your first Django-powered page.
Having finished the test, press Ctrl + C to quit your application.

Finally, use the “deactivate” command to leave your virtual environment:

deactivate
The prompt of your SSH terminal will now return to the ordinary status: