Simple Django Deployment Cheat-sheet

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Create a sudo user

useradd -m user
echo user:uWWie3SYLMItsQv| chpasswd
usermod -aG sudo user
su user
Add user to sshd_config AllowUsers configuration if AllowUsers is used to allow specific user logins via SSH.

Setup Database

Install Postgresql:
apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib
Enable and start Postgresql
systemctl enable postgresql
systemctl start postgresql
Create database and role:
su - postgres
createdb db_name
echo "CREATE ROLE db_user WITH PASSWORD 's7v3aDvoPv3FRzJ';" | psql
echo "ALTER ROLE "mpdux" WITH LOGIN;" | psql
echo "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE "db_name" to db_user;" | psql

Setup pushing via Git

mkdir repo.git app conf logs media static
cd repo.git
git init --bare
git --bare update-server-info
git config core.bare false
git config receive.denycurrentbranch ignore
git config core.worktree /home/user/app/

cat > hooks/post-receive <<EOF
git checkout -f

chmod +x hooks/post-receive

Add this bare repo as a remote on local.
git remote add server
git push server --all

You may want to modify your git post-receive hook to run custom commands on the server, like running database migrations, notifying services of new deployments, pushing static files to CDN, etc.

Setup the Project

virtualenv env -p python3
source env/bin/activate
cd app
pip install -r requirements/production.txt
./ migrate
./ collectstatic
Also, try running ./ runserver to see if everything is all right.

Install Circus

apt install circus
 cat <<EOT >> /etc/systemd/system/circus.service
Description=Circus process manager
ExecReload=/usr/bin/circusctl reload
ExecStart=/usr/bin/circusd /etc/circus/circusd.ini
systemctl --system daemon-reload
systemctl enable circus
systemctl start circus

Create circus configuration

vim conf/circus.ini
cmd=chaussette --fd $(circus.sockets.django_project) django_project.wsgi.application
#cmd=chaussette --fd $(circus.sockets.django_project) --backend gevent django_project.wsgi.application
#cmd=chaussette --fd $(circus.sockets.django_project) --backend meinheld django_project.wsgi.application
uid = user
endpoint_owner = user
use_sockets = True
numprocesses = 2 
virtualenv = /home/user/env/
copy_env = True
copy_path = True
stdout_stream.class = FileStream
stdout_stream.filename = /home/user/logs/django.log
stderr_stream.class = FileStream
stderr_stream.filename = /home/user/logs/django_err.log
stdout_stream.max_bytes = 1073741824
stdout_stream.backup_count = 3
stderr_stream.max_bytes = 1073741824
stderr_stream.backup_count = 3
working_dir = /home/user/app/

path = /tmp/django_project.sock
family = AF_UNIX


# For django-q
cmd = python qcluster
numprocesses = 1
working_dir = /home/user/app/
virtualenv = /home/user/env/
copy_env = True
copy_path = True
stdout_stream.class = FileStream
stdout_stream.filename = /home/user/logs/webapp_q.log
stdout_stream.max_bytes = 1073741824
stdout_stream.backup_count = 3
stderr_stream.class = FileStream
stderr_stream.filename = /home/user/logs/webapp_q_err.log
stderr_stream.max_bytes = 1073741824
stderr_stream.backup_count = 3


Soft-link our configuration to circus conf.d directory

              sudo ln -s /home/user/conf/circus.ini /etc/circus/conf.d/
circusctl reloadconfig

Install redis

apt install redis-server
systemctl enable redis
systemctl start redis

Install nginx

apt install nginx
systemctl enable nginx

Configure nginx with security headers

              upstream django {
    server unix:/tmp/django_project;

# Redirect to
server {
    listen 80;
    return       301$request_uri;

server {
    listen 80;

    #access_log /home/user/logs/nginx.access.log;
    error_log /home/user/logs/nginx.error.log;

    limit_conn conn_limit_per_ip 100;
    limit_req zone=req_limit_per_ip burst=100 nodelay;

    location /robots.txt {
        alias /home/user/static/robots.txt;
    location /favicon.ico {
        alias /home/user/static/img/favicon.ico;
    location ~ ^/(media|static)/  {
        root    /home/user/;
        expires 30d;

    ## Deny illegal host names
    if ($host !~* ^($ ) {
        return 444;

    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_pass http://django;
        client_max_body_size 50m;
        add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000; includeSubDomains; preload" always;
        add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;
        add_header X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block";
        add_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
        # CSP allowing popular third party integrations
        add_header Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self' ; script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval'; connect-src 'self' wss:; img-src 'self' data:; style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; font-src 'self' data:; frame-src; manifest-src 'self'; worker-src 'self'";
    # Prevent hidden files (beginning with a period) from being served
    location ~ /\. { access_log off; log_not_found off; deny all; }

Obtain SSL certificate with Certbot

apt-get install software-properties-common
add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
apt-get update
apt-get install python-certbot-nginx
apt-get install python-certbot-nginx
certbot --nginx

Check configuration and restart nginx

        nginx -t
systemctl restart nginx