run django with xampp on windows

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can i run django (Python framework) site with xampp on windows? Please guide me.

2009-06-16 09:32
by NoName


XAMPP for windows contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System for Win32 and NetWare Systems v3.32, Ming, JpGraph, FileZilla FTP Server, mcrypt, eAccelerator, SQLite, and WEB-DAV + mod_auth_mysql.

There are two requirements to run django missing:

So, NO, you can't run django with XAMPP alone. You need to install additional software.

However running django is very easy. If you just want to develop an application, you only need python and django. Django itself includes an internal web server that can be used for development.

If you want to use django on windows for a production server, you don't even need the apache web server. You could install just:

That's enough to have a good django production server up and running, since cherrypy's web server is written in python and is pretty good to serve django (or any other wsgi-compatible) applications. If you're not using apache for anything else I think this setup is actually better and easier. There are other webservers you could use instead of cherrypy. But if you really want to use apache, you also need mod_wsgi.

2009-06-16 11:56
by nosklo


The running django on xampp can be divided into two steps.


import os
import sys    
mysite = r'C:/xampp/htdocs/django'
if mysite not in sys.path:sys.path.insert(0,mysite)
mysite = r'C:/xampp/htdocs/django/mysite'
if mysite not in sys.path:sys.path.insert(0,mysite)

os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'mysite.settings'

import django.core.handlers.wsgi
application = django.core.handlers.wsgi.WSGIHandler()

2010-11-29 20:41
by prosseek
I realize this answer is 9 years old, but here is more info on updating your wsgi script: ... essentially, the last line needs to change a bit fore newer django distros - Jeff 2019-01-27 14:00


I'm not sure what you want, so this may not be a proper answer.

If you just want to run a development server (for yourself), it would be easier to use a web server provided by Django framework. Read more about that in the book:

2009-06-16 10:31
by Armandas


You may want to checkout DjangoStack. It is similar to XAMPP in that is free, multiplatform and self-contained but it comes with Django installed by default.

2011-08-04 07:00
by Josue


Yes, you can, but first you have to install Python and mod_python. See this FAQ.

However for development purposes, it is far easier to use the built in Django development server. This will be much easier to use and setup to get you started.

2009-06-16 14:03
by Brian Neal