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This fabric file makes setting up and deploying a django application much
easier, but it does make a few assumptions. Namely that you're using Git,
Apache and mod_wsgi and your using Debian or Ubuntu. Also you should have
Django installed on your local machine and SSH installed on both the local
machine and any servers you want to deploy to.
_note that I've used the name project_name throughout this example. Replace
this with whatever your project is called._
First step is to create your project locally:
mkdir project_name
cd project_name startproject project_name
Now add a requirements file so pip knows to install Django. You'll probably
add other required modules in here later. Creat a file called requirements.txt
and save it at the top level with the following contents:
Then save this file in the top level directory which should give you:
You'll need a WSGI file called project_name.wsgi, where project_name
is the name you gave to your django project. It will probably look
like the following, depending on your specific paths and the location
of your settings module
import os
import sys
# put the Django project on sys.path
sys.path.insert(0, os.path.abspath(os.path.join(os.path.dirname(__file__), "../")))
os.environ["DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE"] = "project_name.settings"
from django.core.handlers.wsgi import WSGIHandler
application = WSGIHandler()
Last but not least you'll want a virtualhost file for apache which looks
something like the following. Save this as project_name in the inner directory.
You'll want to change /path/to/project_name/ to the location on the remote
server you intent to deploy to.
<VirtualHost *:80>
WSGIDaemonProcess project_name-production user=project_name group=project_name threads=10 python-path=/path/to/project_name/lib/python2.6/site-packages
WSGIProcessGroup project_name-production
WSGIScriptAlias / /path/to/project_name/releases/current/project_name/project_name.wsgi
<Directory /path/to/project_name/releases/current/project_name>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log
LogLevel warn
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log combined
Now create a file called .gitignore, containing the following. This
prevents the compiled python code being included in the repository and
the archive we use for deployment.
You should now be ready to initialise a git repository in the top
level project_name directory.
git init
git add .gitignore project_name
git commit -m "Initial commit"
All of that should leave you with
In reality you might prefer to keep your wsgi files and virtual host files
elsewhere. The fabfile has a variable (config.virtualhost_path) for this case.
You'll also want to set the hosts that you intend to deploy to (config.hosts)
as well as the user (config.user).
The first task we're interested in is called setup. It installs all the
required software on the remote machine, then deploys your code and restarts
the webserver.
fab local setup
After you've made a few changes and commit them to the master Git branch you
can run to deply the changes.
fab local deploy
If something is wrong then you can rollback to the previous version.
fab local rollback
Note that this only allows you to rollback to the release immediately before
the latest one. If you want to pick a arbitrary release then you can use the
following, where 20090727170527 is a timestamp for an existing release.
fab local deploy_version:20090727170527
If you want to ensure your tests run before you make a deployment then you can
do the following.
fab local test deploy
# globals
config.project_name = 'project_name'
# environments
def local():
"Use the local virtual server"
config.hosts = ['']
config.path = '/path/to/project_name'
config.user = 'garethr'
config.virtualhost_path = "/"
# tasks
def test():
"Run the test suite and bail out if it fails"
local("cd $(project_name); python test", fail="abort")
def setup():
Setup a fresh virtualenv as well as a few useful directories, then run
a full deployment
require('hosts', provided_by=[local])
sudo('aptitude install -y python-setuptools')
sudo('easy_install pip')
sudo('pip install virtualenv')
sudo('aptitude install -y apache2')
sudo('aptitude install -y libapache2-mod-wsgi')
# we want rid of the defult apache config
sudo('cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/; a2dissite default;')
run('mkdir -p $(path); cd $(path); virtualenv .;')
run('cd $(path); mkdir releases; mkdir shared; mkdir packages;', fail='ignore')
def deploy():
Deploy the latest version of the site to the servers, install any
required third party modules, install the virtual host and
then restart the webserver
require('hosts', provided_by=[local])
import time
config.release = time.strftime('%Y%m%d%H%M%S')
def deploy_version(version):
"Specify a specific version to be made live"
require('hosts', provided_by=[local])
config.version = version
run('cd $(path); rm releases/previous; mv releases/current releases/previous;')
run('cd $(path); ln -s $(version) releases/current')
def rollback():
Limited rollback capability. Simple loads the previously current
version of the code. Rolling back again will swap between the two.
require('hosts', provided_by=[local])
run('cd $(path); mv releases/current releases/_previous;')
run('cd $(path); mv releases/previous releases/current;')
run('cd $(path); mv releases/_previous releases/previous;')
# Helpers. These are called by other functions rather than directly
def upload_tar_from_git():
require('release', provided_by=[deploy, setup])
"Create an archive from the current Git master branch and upload it"
local('git archive --format=tar master | gzip > $(release).tar.gz')
run('mkdir $(path)/releases/$(release)')
put('$(release).tar.gz', '$(path)/packages/')
run('cd $(path)/releases/$(release) && tar zxf ../../packages/$(release).tar.gz')
local('rm $(release).tar.gz')
def install_site():
"Add the virtualhost file to apache"
require('release', provided_by=[deploy, setup])
sudo('cd $(path)/releases/$(release); cp $(project_name)$(virtualhost_path)$(project_name) /etc/apache2/sites-available/')
sudo('cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/; a2ensite $(project_name)')
def install_requirements():
"Install the required packages from the requirements file using pip"
require('release', provided_by=[deploy, setup])
run('cd $(path); pip install -E . -r ./releases/$(release)/requirements.txt')
def symlink_current_release():
"Symlink our current release"
require('release', provided_by=[deploy, setup])
run('cd $(path); rm releases/previous; mv releases/current releases/previous;', fail='ignore')
run('cd $(path); ln -s $(release) releases/current')
def migrate():
"Update the database"
run('cd $(path)/releases/current/$(project_name); ../../../bin/python syncdb --noinput')
def restart_webserver():
"Restart the web server"
sudo('/etc/init.d/apache2 restart')
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How this will handle the media files stored inside django project? The above script will delete all media files isn't it?

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