How To Install Django on CentOS 7

Install Django on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Django on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Django is a popular Python framework for writing web applications. Web frameworks like Django provide a set of tools that helps the developer to write the application faster as the framework takes care of the internal structure, thus the developer needs to take care of the application development only. Django is free and open-source software.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Django on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Django on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, you need to enable the EPEL repository on your system.

## RHEL/CentOS 7 64-Bit ##
# wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-6.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-7-6.noarch.rpm

Step 2. Installing pip and necessary dependencies.

Now you can install pip using the following command:

yum install python-devel python-setuptools python-pip
pip install --upgrade pip

Step 3. Installing virtualenv.

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

pip install virtualenv

Create and activate a virtual environment:

cd ~
virtualenv djangoenv

The command above will create the directory ~/djangoenv that contains your virtual environment. Next, we need to activate the virtual environment we just created:

source ~/djangoenv/bin/activate

Now you should see that your terminal has now gone into a virtual environment. You will see something similar to this:

(djangoenv) [user@idroot ~]$

Step 4. Installing Django.

Install Django globally using the following command:

pip install django

You can verify the installation by typing:

django-admin --version

Step 5. Create a sample Django project.

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

cd ~
django-admin startproject myproject

The command above will create a directory myproject 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 the screen to provide the superuser’s credentials:

cd myproject/
python manage.py migrate
python manage.py createsuperuser
python manage.py runserver

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


Step 6. Configure Firewall.

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

firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8000/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 7. Accessing Django.

Django will be available on HTTP port 8080 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com:8000 or http://your-server-ip:8000/admin

Install Django on CentOS 7

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Django. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Django web framework on CentOS 7 server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Django website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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