Running a Django web server is an essential step in developing and testing your Django projects. In this tutorial, we will explore how to run a Django web server locally on your machine.
To begin, make sure you have Django installed on your system. If not, you can install it using pip by running the following command in your terminal:
pip install django
Once Django is installed, navigate to the root directory of your project using the command line. In this directory, you should have a file called `manage.py`.
This file is crucial for managing your Django project. To start the web server, use the following command:
python manage.py runserver
This command will start the development server and display output similar to the following:
Starting development server at http://127.0.1:8000/..
Now that the server is running, open your web browser and enter the URL mentioned in the output (http://127.1:8000/). You should see your Django project’s home page or any other page defined in your project’s URLs.
If you want to run the server on a different port (other than 8000), you can specify it in the command like this:
python manage.py runserver 8080
This will start the server on port 8080 instead of the default port 8000.
Sometimes, when working on larger projects or with multiple applications within one project, it becomes necessary to specify which application(s) to include when running the development server.
To do this, use the following command:
python manage.py runserver --settings=myproject.settings.app_name
Replace `myproject.app_name` with your actual project name and application name.
By default, the development server only serves requests from within your local machine. If you want to access your Django project from other devices in your network, you need to specify the IP address for the server to bind to.
Use the following command to bind the server to a specific IP address:
python manage.py runserver 0.0:8000
This will make your Django project accessible through your network IP on port 8000.
Remember: The development server is not intended for production use. It is solely for development and testing purposes. When you’re ready to deploy your Django project, make sure to use a production-ready web server like Apache or Nginx.
To stop the Django development server, go back to the terminal where it’s running and press `Ctrl + C`. This will terminate the process and stop the server.
In conclusion, running a Django web server locally is an essential step in developing and testing your projects. With just a few simple commands, you can have your Django application up and running in no time.
Remember to start the development server within your project’s root directory using `python manage.py runserver`, and don’t forget to stop it when you’re done using `Ctrl + C`. Happy coding!