How to setup Python based Django framework in Windows

Introduction

In this example I am going to show you how to configure Python based Django in Windows Operating System. The current version of Django, at the time of writing, I am using here is 3.0.8.

Here I am going to show you how to install latest version of Django in Windows 64 bit Operating System. I am also going to create a sample project to test the configuration whether it works successfully or not.

The development server comes as a built-in server with Django framework and it should not be used in production environment.

Prerequisites

Python 3.8.5, Django 3.0.8, Windows 32/64 bit

Setup Django

Now we will see step by step how to setup Django framework in Windows environment.

The first thing is to make sure that you have the Python installed in your system and Python is configured on your system’s environment variable’s path.

Next is to open the cmd command line tool in Administrator mode and run the following command to install Django.

The following command does not install the latest or new Django if your system has the installation of Django framework. In this case the later command will help you to get the latest version of Django.

pip install Django

If you already have installed your Django framework on your system in past and you want to upgrade your Django version then you can execute the following command:

pip install -U Django

The above command will uninstall the older version of Django from your system and install the latest version.

Once your Django framework is successfully installed, the next step is to create a sample project using Django to test whether installation was successful or not.

Execute the below command to create a Django project. django-admin startproject is the command to create a new project followed by the project name (djangomysql).

django-admin startproject djangomysql

To run the project or application you can execute the following command on project’s root directory:

manage.py runserver

Once your development server starts successfully, you will see the following console:

configure django in windows

By default development server starts on port 8000; if you want to change port then you can do so by passing port as a command line argument. For example, if you want to start server on port 8080 then you can run server using command manage.py runserver 8080.

You can also change server’s IP address (by default it runs on localhost or 127.0.0.1), for example, manage.py runserver 0:8080, where 0 means 0.0.0.0 or specify the full IP address.

To test the application you can hit the URL http://localhost:8000/ on the browser and you will see the following screen as shown in below image:

configure django in windows

To quit server just press Ctrl + Break (Ctrl + c) from keyboard.

That’s all about how to setup Django in Windows environment.

Thanks for reading.

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