Installing and Setting up Django and Python

This guide uses Visual Studio Code and Python to install and develop a website based on the Django framework.

Install a version of Python 3, make sure that you add Python to your PATH variable during installation if you are on Windows.

If you are going to use Github to handle version control and the repository create a repository now.

Open this folder in VS Code.

Create a Virtual Environment in Python for this project.

Open a New Terminal (Terminal > New)

Enter the following to create the Virtual Environment named .django-venv

py -3 -m venv .django-venv

Click Yes to select this as the workspace folder.

Press Win+Shift+P to open the Command Palette (View > Command Palette).

Search for Python: Select Interpretor

Choose use Python from the default path.

Start a new Terminal with the Virtual Environment active.

You should see (.django-venv) before the folder if it is active.

Upgrade pip first if needed.

python -m pip install --upgrade pip

Next install the Django framework.

python -m pip install django

By default a django project has some core files and a django administration panel.

First we need to create the django app

We use django-admin for this.

In the terminal run the following code, this will create a django app/project called example_web_project. Change this to the name of your project.

django-admin startproject example_web_project

This will create some core files for the project.

Create an empty database by entering the following command

python migrate

You should see some installation messages.

To run the server enter the following line into the terminal:

python runserver

You should see this message:

If you enter the url http:/ you should get a webpage running.

When you visit the page you will see:

Congratulations, you have now installed and setup django.

Later lessons will customise this website.