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How To Install Django on Centos 7

In this guide, we intend to teach you How To Install Django on Centos 7.

Django is a free and open-source web application framework, written in Python. A web framework is a set of components that helps you to develop websites faster and easier.

When you’re building a website, you always need a similar set of components: a way to handle user authentication (signing up, signing in, signing out), a management panel for your website, forms, a way to upload files, etc.

Luckily for you, other people long ago noticed that web developers face similar problems when building a new site, so they teamed up and created frameworks (Django being one of them) that give you ready-made components to use.

Frameworks exist to save you from having to reinvent the wheel and to help alleviate some of the overhead when you’re building a new site.

Install Django Web Framework on Centos 7

To install Django, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with Centos 7.

There are several ways to install Django on a Centos machine.

  • Install from yum packages
  • Install through pip
  • Install through pip in a virtual environment
  • Install from Git

In this guide, we will install Django with pip in a virtual environment.

Installing Django on Centos 7

As you know, Django is written in Python, so you should have Python installed on your server. Centos has Python 2 in its yum repository. To install Python 3 on your server, you can follow our guide on How To Set up Python 3.10 on Centos 7.

Install pip on your server:

sudo yum install python3-pip

Once pip is installed, you can use it to install the virtualenv package by typing:

sudo pip3 install virtualenv

At this point, you can create a virtual environment to start your new project. Create your project directory with the following command:

mkdir ~/newproject

Switch to your project directory:

cd ~/newproject

Now inside your project directory, create a virtual environment by using the below command:

virtualenv newenv

Next, you need to activate your virtual environment with the following command:

source newenv/bin/activate

Your prompt should change to reflect that you are now in your virtual environment.

In your virtual environment, use pip to install Django on your server:

pip3 install django

You can verify your Django installation on Centos 7 by running:

django-admin --version
Output
3.2.14

To leave your virtual environment, you need to issue the deactivate command from anywhere on the system:

deactivate

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

Conclusion

At this point, you can Install Django on Centos 7.

Hope you enjoy using it.

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