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# Umich Django Project Template
# {{ project_name }}
The following project provides a template for creating a Django application with University of Michigan styling and branding.
Your description for the project goes here.
See the [ITS style guide]( for additional details.
## Getting Started
Additional features include:
These might be instructions for how you run and deploy your project.
- Deployment-friendly Dockerfile
- Docker Compose setup for local development
- Basic GitLab CI config
## Prerequisites
## Starting a base Django project with the Umich template
- Docker
- OpenShift
- Etc.
### Option 1 - Using the helper script
#### Requirement: Docker
## Local Development
Run `` with the following arguments in order:
- Absolute path to where you want your templated project to be created; must be an empty dir
- Name of the project
e.g. `./ ~/Desktop/my_new_project my_new_project`
### Option 2 - Using django-admin
#### Requirement: Django installed in current environment
Run `django-admin startproject --template ./app [output_dir] [project_name]`
## Modifying and running the current project with a PostgreSQL db
To build, serve the project at localhost:8000,
$ docker-compose build
$ docker-compose up
docker-compose build
docker-compose up
You will likely want to change the name of the base project from um_django_template_project. This will need to happen in various places.
## General deployment checklist
### Generate a unique Django secret key for each environment
To do this using Django's built-in `startproject` algorithm, open up a Django shell and run the following Python code:
from import get_random_secret_key
If you are using the compose setup, you can run the Python code in your container like so:
To stop without removing containers,
docker-compose exec app python shell
docker-compose stop
Set `SECRET_KEY` in your environment with this value and Django will pick it up
### Update
The Dockerfile will install Django requirements based on an optional argument for `ENVIRONMENT`. If unset, it will default to "PRODUCTION" and packages will be installed from
Prior to deployment, it is recommended that you `pip freeze` and copy the exact versions to to prevent unintended side-effects.
If using compose, you can run:
To stop and remove containers (will delete db),
docker-compose exec app pip freeze >
docker-compose down -v
### Update settings.DATABASES
Use the appropriate database connection strings to set your databases. This template uses dj-database-url, so you will just need to set `DATABASE_URL` in your environment.
See [here]( for additional connection string formats.
If multiple databases are required, you can add to the DATABASES dict:
'alternate_db': dj_database_url.parse(os.getenv('ALTERNATE_DB_CONN_STRING')),
### (Optional) Update settings for Django error emails
Set the following environment variables:
- EMAIL_HOST (use UM mail relay)
### (Optional) Tweak Gunicorn settings
The number of workers and threads can be set via environment variables, `GUNICORN_WORKERS` and `GUNICORN_THREADS` respectively.
There is an article [here]( that suggests that
## Deployment
> maximum concurrent requests when using workers and threads is still(2*CPU)+1
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docker run --rm -d -t -v "$OUTPUT_PATH":"$CONTAINER_OUTPUT_DIR":z -v "$(pwd)":"$CONTAINER_BASE_TEMPLATE_DIR":ro --name $CONTAINER_NAME --entrypoint /bin/bash $IMAGE_TAG
docker exec -t $CONTAINER_NAME python -m pip install django
docker exec -t $CONTAINER_NAME django-admin startproject --template=$CONTAINER_BASE_TEMPLATE_DIR --name=Dockerfile "$PROJECT_NAME" "$CONTAINER_OUTPUT_DIR"
docker exec -t $CONTAINER_NAME django-admin startproject --template=$CONTAINER_BASE_TEMPLATE_DIR --name=Dockerfile, "$PROJECT_NAME" "$CONTAINER_OUTPUT_DIR"
echo "Done! Change dir to $OUTPUT_PATH and run docker-compose up --build to start the project"
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