How To Install Django On Fedora 9 (Apache2/mod_python)

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Author: Falko Timme

This tutorial explains how to install Django on a Fedora 9 server. Django is a web framework that allows to develop Python web applications quickly with as much automation as possible. I will use it with Apache2 and mod_python in this guide.

This howto is meant as a practical guide; it does not cover the theoretical backgrounds. They are treated in a lot of other documents in the web.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I want to say that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Install MySQL

Django can use multiple database backends, e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, etc. If you want to use MySQL, you can install it as follows:

yum install mysql mysql-server

We create the system startup links for MySQL as follows...

chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on

... and start MySQL:

  /etc/init.d/mysqld start 


mysqladmin -u root password yourrootsqlpassword
mysqladmin -h -u root password yourrootsqlpassword

to set a password for the user root (otherwise anybody can access your MySQL database!).


2 Install Apache And mod_python

If Apache2 and mod_python aren't already installed on your system, you can install them as follows:

yum install mod_python

(This will also install Apache2 if it isn't already installed.)


3 Install Django

In order to install Django and the Python MySQL bindings, we run:

yum install Django MySQL-python


4 Configure Apache

Before we configure Apache, we must create a Django project (e.g. called mysite) (see For security reasons I create that project outside my document root (I'm using the default Fedora document root /var/www/html here) (e.g. in /home/mycode):

mkdir /home/mycode
cd /home/mycode
/usr/bin/ startproject mysite

This will create the directory /home/mycode/mysite with some Python files in it.

Now with the project mysite created, we can configure Apache. I create a backup copy of the original /etc/httpd/conf.d/python.conf file and create a new one as follows:

cp /etc/httpd/conf.d/python.conf /etc/httpd/conf.d/python.conf_orig
cat /dev/null > /etc/httpd/conf.d/python.conf
vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/python.conf

LoadModule python_module modules/

<Location "/mysite">
    SetHandler python-program
    PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython
    SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE mysite.settings
    PythonDebug On
    PythonPath "['/home/mycode'] + sys.path"

(This configuration is valid for the default Fedora 9 vhost in /var/www/html - if you have already defined other vhosts where you'd like to use Django, please place the <Location ...>...</Location> section in the appropriate vhost configuration, but leave the LoadModule line in /etc/httpd/conf.d/python.conf.)

The path in the first line (<Location "/mysite">) refers to the URL - meaning this configuration will be used if you use /mysite in the URL (e.g. You can change this to your likings. Please adjust the other values (SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE mysite.settings and PythonPath "['/home/mycode'] + sys.path") to the name of your project and the path where it is located.

Restart Apache afterwards:

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Now you can access in a browser. If everything went well, you should see something like this:

This means Django has been successfully installed, and you can now use it to develop your Python web applications (please refer to to learn how to develop web applications with Django).


5 Connect To A MySQL Database From A Django Project

If you want to use a MySQL database in your Django project, you should first create that database (e.g. mysite) and a database user (e.g. mysiteadmin) for that database:

mysql -u root -p

GRANT ALL ON mysite.* TO 'mysiteadmin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'mysiteadmin_password';
GRANT ALL ON mysite.* TO 'mysiteadmin'@'localhost.localdomain' IDENTIFIED BY 'mysiteadmin_password';

Then open the file in the project folder (e.g. /home/mycode/mysite) and modify the database settings, e.g. as follows:

vi /home/mycode/mysite/
DATABASE_ENGINE = 'mysql'           # 'postgresql_psycopg2', 'postgresql', 'mysql', 'sqlite3' or 'ado_mssql'.
DATABASE_NAME = 'mysite'             # Or path to database file if using sqlite3.
DATABASE_USER = 'mysiteadmin'             # Not used with sqlite3.
DATABASE_PASSWORD = 'mysiteadmin_password'         # Not used with sqlite3.
DATABASE_HOST = ''             # Set to empty string for localhost. Not used with sqlite3.
DATABASE_PORT = ''             # Set to empty string for default. Not used with sqlite3.


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By: Fogliato

Thanks for your Post, it help me very much! I can configure django on fedora, but i can not configure with mod_wsgi, the Django recomends use WSGI... Can you tell me how to configure with mod_wsgi please?

Thank you!!!

By: akheron

Me gustó el tuto, es entendible y facil de seguir, sin embargo me sale un problema al ponerlo en marcha. Uso fedora 11, Gnome 2.26.3, firefox 3.5.5,python 2.6 y es una laptop DELL XPS m1210. El bug es el siguiente:


ProcessId: 2115
Interpreter: 'localhost.xps'

ServerName: 'localhost.xps'
DocumentRoot: '/var/www/html'

URI: '/mysite'
Location: '/mysite'
Directory: None
Filename: '/var/www/html/mysite'
PathInfo: ''

Phase: 'PythonHandler'
Handler: 'django.core.handlers.modpython'

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/mod_python/", line 1537, in HandlerDispatch
default=default_handler, arg=req, silent=hlist.silent)

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/mod_python/", line 1229, in _process_target
result = _execute_target(config, req, object, arg)

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/mod_python/", line 1128, in _execute_target
result = object(arg)

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/handlers/", line 228, in handler
return ModPythonHandler()(req)

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/handlers/", line 191, in __call__

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/core/handlers/", line 33, in load_middleware
for middleware_path in settings.MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES:

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/utils/", line 269, in __getattr__

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/conf/", line 40, in _setup
self._wrapped = Settings(settings_module)

File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/django/conf/", line 75, in __init__
raise ImportError, "Could not import settings '%s' (Is it on sys.path? Does it have syntax errors?): %s" % (self.SETTINGS_MODULE, e)

ImportError: Could not import settings 'mysite.settings' (Is it on sys.path? Does it have syntax errors?): No module named mysite.settings