In this article we will show step-by-step how to
application on the
. PythonAnywhere is a service, like Heroku, Digital Ocean, Scala hosting, Django Europe... that gives us access to a server where we can host our Django application. They have a free offer that allows you to create a web application with limited functionality.
1 - Create an account on PythonAnywhere
The first step is to create an account on PythonAnywhere by going to the registration page. For basic needs you can create a free account which will allow you to create a web application.
The free account has some limitations:
- You can only create one application.
- You must click a button every 3 months in the site interface to keep the site online.
- You cannot use a PostgreSQL database.
2 - Create your project on PythonAnywhere
Once your account is created, you can create a web application by going to the Web tab.
to create an application.
Click "Next" and choose the manual configuration:
Then choose the version of Python you want to use for your project:
Your application is now created !
You can access your temporary website at the address indicated (*). You also notice the famous button (**) on which you will have to click at least once every 3 months with a free account so that your site remains active!
3 - Necessary settings for your django project
3.1 - The settings.py file
file add the address of your pythonanywhere application to the allowed host list:
ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['youderf.pythonanywhere.com']
3.2 - The requirements.txt file
The requirements.txt file must be created locally before submitting the project to Github. To create one, execute the command:
pip freeze > requirements.txt
4 - Create an account on Github
4.1 - To start, create a Github account
4.3 - Under the code tab copy the clone address of the project: https://github.com/youderf/ManageStudent22.git
5 - Clone the github repository to your pythonanywhere space
We will now clone the Github repository to our PythonAnywhere server. Go to the Consoles tab and click on Bash to open a terminal on your server and type:
and then the address of your git repository:
git clone https://github.com/youderf/ManageStudent22.git
6 - Create a virtualenv and install django for your app
To create virtualenv for your application, type in the terminal:
mkvirtualenv --python=python3.9 ManageStudent22-venv
and then install django by typing in the same bash console:
pip install django
7 - Configure youre django app
We are now in the final phase, we just have to configure our app. In the code section: you must specify the location of the system files of your project then put:
In the WSGI configuration file delete all content of this file and replace it by:
# add your project directory to the sys.path
project_home = '/home/youderf/ManageStudent22'
if project_home not in sys.path:
# set environment variable to tell django where your settings.py is
os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'ManageStudent22.settings'
# serve django via WSGI
from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
application = get_wsgi_application()
must be relaced by
must be replaced by the
And finally int the section virtualenv you must indicate the path to your virtualenv:
Now if everything is correct, you can access your web application via the address provided by pythonanywhere: http://youderf.pythonanywhere.com/