An opinionated Django setup bundled as an Aldryn Addon

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Aldryn Django

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An opinionated Django setup bundled as an Aldryn Addon.

This package will auto configure Django, including admin and some other basic packages. It also handles sane configuration of the database connection and static and media files.

The goal is to keep the footprint inside the django website project as small as possible, so updating things usually just means bumping a version in requirements.txt and no other changes in the project.

Installation & Updates

Aldryn Platform Users

Nothing to do. aldryn-django is part of the Aldryn Platform.

Manual Installation


Please follow the setup instructions for installing aldryn-addons first!

Add aldryn-django to your projects requirements.txt or pip install it.

pip install aldryn-django>=1.8,<1.9

The version is made up of the Django release with an added digit for the release version of this package itself.

If you followed the aldryn-addons installation instructions, you should already have a ALDRYN_ADDONS setting. Add aldryn-django to it.:


Create the addons/aldryn-django directory at the same level as your Then copy addon.json, from the matching sourcecode into it. Also create a settings.json file in the same directory with the following content:

    "languages": "[\"en\", \"de\"]"


The need to manually copy and addon.json is due to legacy compatibility with the Aldryn Platform and will no longer be necessary in a later release of aldryn-addons. and

Aldryn django comes with entrypoints for and This makes it possible to just have a small snippet of code in the website project that should never change inside those files. The details of local project setup (e.g reading environment variables from a .env file) are then up to the currently installed version of aldryn-django. Also other opinionated things can be done, like using a production-grade wsgi middleware to serve static and media files.

Put this in

#!/usr/bin/env python
import os
from aldryn_django import startup

if __name__ == "__main__":

put this in

import os
from aldryn_django import startup

application = startup.wsgi(path=os.path.dirname(__file__))



To run migrations, call the command aldryn-django migrate. This will run a series of commands for the migration stage of a project. aldryn-django will run python syncdb and python migrate (and on Django>=1.7 just python migrate). But any Addon can add stuff to this migration step by appending commands to the MIGRATION_COMMANDS setting. For example aldryn-cms (django-cms as an Addon) will run python cms fix-tree at the migration stage.

Production Server

Calling aldryn-django web will start an opinionated Django setup for production (currently uWSGI based).


This is a community project. We love to get any feedback in the form of issues and pull requests. Before submitting your pull request, please review our guidelines for Aldryn addons.