How To Install Django on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Django on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration Django on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. 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 through the step-by-step installation of Django on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Django on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing pip and necessary dependencies.

Now you can install pip using the following command:

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

Step 4. Installing Django on Ubuntu 16.04.

Once the pip is installed, run the following command to install Django:

sudo pip3 install django

To verify the Django version, run:

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/
python3 manage.py migrate
python3 manage.py createsuperuser
python3 manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000

Step 6. 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://server-ip:8000/admin

Install Django on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Django. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Django web framework on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Django website.

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