Install and Configure Django on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we intend to teach you How To Install and Configure Django on Ubuntu 20.04.

Django is a high-level Python web framework that enables the rapid development of secure and maintainable websites. Built by experienced developers, Django 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 is free and open-source, has a thriving and active community, great documentation, and many options for free and paid-for support.

How To Install and Configure Django on Ubuntu 20.04

To install the Django web framework, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide the Initial Server Setup with Ubuntu 20.04.

The most flexible way to install Django on your system is within a virtual environment. We will show you how to install Django in a virtual environment that we will create with the venv module, part of the standard Python 3 library.

Install Pip on Ubuntu 20.04

First, you need to update your local package index with the following command:

sudo apt update

Ubuntu 20.04 ships with Python 3.8 by default. You can verify it by checking its version:

python3 -V
Python 3.8.2

Then, use the following command to install pip and venv on Ubuntu 20.04:

sudo apt install python3-venv python3-pip

Verify your Pip installation by checking its version:

pip3 --version

In your output you will see:

pip 20.0.2 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip (python 3.8)

Set up Django Web Framework on Ubuntu 20.04

Here you can install Django on your server in the user space and globally.

To install Django in the user space, run the following command:

sudo pip3 install --user Django

You can use the following command to install Django globally:

sudo pip3 install Django

When your installation is completed, in your output you will see:

Successfully installed Django-4.0.5 asgiref-3.5.2 backports.zoneinfo-0.2.1 sqlparse-0.4.2

The installation of Django will provide you with the django-admin tool to manage the projects.

which django-admin

Also, you can check your django-admin installation by checking its version:

django-admin --version

Create a Django test app on Ubuntu 20.04

At this point, we will show you how to create a Django test app.

First, create a directory and switch to it with the command below:

sudo mkdir project && sudo cd project

Then, use the django-admin tool to start a project named test_app, you can choose your own name:

django-admin startproject test_app

Switch to your Django project directory:

cd test_app

Now you can use Python 3 to apply pending migrations:

python3 migrate

In your output you will see:

Operations to perform:
Apply all migrations: admin, auth, contenttypes, sessions
Running migrations:
Applying contenttypes.0001_initial... OK
Applying auth.0001_initial... OK
Applying admin.0001_initial... OK
Applying admin.0002_logentry_remove_auto_add... OK
Applying admin.0003_logentry_add_action_flag_choices... OK
Applying contenttypes.0002_remove_content_type_name... OK
Applying auth.0002_alter_permission_name_max_length... OK
Applying auth.0003_alter_user_email_max_length... OK
Applying auth.0004_alter_user_username_opts... OK
Applying auth.0005_alter_user_last_login_null... OK
Applying auth.0006_require_contenttypes_0002... OK
Applying auth.0007_alter_validators_add_error_messages... OK
Applying auth.0008_alter_user_username_max_length... OK
Applying auth.0009_alter_user_last_name_max_length... OK
Applying auth.0010_alter_group_name_max_length... OK
Applying auth.0011_update_proxy_permissions... OK
Applying auth.0012_alter_user_first_name_max_length... OK
Applying sessions.0001_initial... OK

Create a Django Admin user on Ubuntu 20.04

Here you need to create an Admin user for your Django project. From your Django project directory on Ubuntu 20.04, run the following command to create your superuser:

python3 createsuperuser

You need to enter your Email address, username, and password to create your superuser.

Username (leave blank to use 'sam'): admin
Email address:
Password (again):
Superuser created successfully.

Access Django Web Application

By default, Django doesn’t allow external access to the application. If you want to allow external access you can open your test app settings file with your favorite text editor, here we use vi:

sudo vi test_app/

Search for the ALLOWED_HOSTS line and set it to your host IP.

ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['host-ip']

When you are done, save and close the file.

Now you can start your Django project on Ubuntu 20.04 with the command below:

python3 runserver

In your output you will see:

Watching for file changes with StatReloader
Performing system checks...

System check identified no issues (0 silenced).
June 28, 2022 - 10:32:28
Django version 4.0.5, using settings 'test_app.settings'
Starting development server at
Quit the server with CONTROL-C.

Now in your web browser type your server’s IP address followed by 8080:

http://[server IP/hostname]:8080

You will see the successfully installed message:

Django congrats screen

To access the Django admin login page, enter your server’s IP address in your web browser followed by 8080/admin:

http://[server IP/hostname]:8080/admin

Django admin screen

Enter your admin user and password that you have set before and press login.

You will see the Django Admin dashboard:

Django admin dashboard on Ubuntu 20.04

When you are finished looking through the default site, you can stop the development server by typing CTRL-C in your terminal.

For more information, you can visit the Django Documentation page.


At this point, you learn to Install and Configure Django on Ubuntu 20.04.

Hope you enjoy using it.

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