1 Introduction to the Django Web Framework for Python

So you want to learn Django?

In whichever folder you want to store your project, create a folder called Django and change in to it:

mkdir Django
cd Django

Now, if you know what a virtual environment is then I would highly recommend that you use one so that you can isolate your Python dependencies. If you use one, just drop the prepended sudo from the start of any applicable command. However, this tutorial assumes that you either don’t or have chosen not to. In that case, do:

sudo pip install Django

This will install the latest version of Python globally on your computer.

Now that we’re all set up, we’re ready to create a Django project called tutorial:

python manage.py startproject tutorial

This creates a good starter template for your new website that has the following structure:

├── manage.py
└── tutorial
    ├── __init__.py
    ├── settings.py
    ├── urls.py
    └── wsgi.py

At this point, our new Django project is ready and working. To preview, type python manage.py runserver and go to localhost:8000 to see the default Django starter project home page.

You can also access the default Django administration page by going to localhost:8000/admin.