Deploying a Python Application

Updated by Derek Jansen on Mar 07, 2016
Article Code: a509

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Application Developers


AppFog includes the Cloud Foundry Python buildpack by default. This enables the deployment of Python applications using any one of multiple runtime versions. To learn more, please read the Cloud Foundry Python buildpack README.

This article is going to focus on deploying a sample Python application. It uses the popular Django framework for creating web applications in Python.


Installing Python

To develop using Python you must have the its runtime interpreter installed. You should choose a version supported in the buildpack's releases page.

You will also need Pip installed in your development environment.

Downloading Simple Example Application

The sample app used in this article is attached at the bottom of this article.

Running the Sample App Locally

After downloading the sample app locally you must install the required Python modules.

$ unzip
$ cd django_sample
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Once all of the dependent libraries are downloaded and installed, you will need to make executable and apply migrations. Then you can start the app.

$ chmod +x
$ ./ migrate
$ ./ runserver

This will start the app at

Deploying to AppFog

Vendor your dependencies and create Procfile.

$ mkdir vendor
$ pip install -d vendor -r requirements.txt
$ echo 'web: ./ collectstatic --noinput && \
./ migrate && \
gunicorn django_sample.wsgi' > Procfile

It is recommended to create .cfignore to exclude files/directories you would not want pushed to production.

$ echo -e '*.pyc\n*.dbsqlite3\n*.[oa]\n*.swp\nbackups/' > .cfignore

Alternatively, you can simply create a shortcut if you already have .gitignore.

$ ln -s .gitignore .cfignore

You should also specify the version of Python you want to use in runtime.txt.

$ echo 'python-2.7.11' > runtime.txt

Now you can push your app to the platform.

You are ready to deploy the app using the Cloud Foundry CLI. Once it is running, copy the value from urls and go to that address in a browser. You should see a page that says 'Hello'.

$ cf push django-sample
Using manifest file /home/derek/code/django_sample/manifest.yml

Updating app django-sample in org Derek / space Dev as Derek...

Uploading django-sample...
Uploading app files from: /home/derek/code/django_sample
Uploading 41.9K, 19 files
Done uploading               

Stopping app django-sample in org Derek / space Dev as Derek...

Starting app django-sample in org Derek / space Dev as Derek...
-----> Downloaded app package (6.8M)
-----> Downloaded app buildpack cache (35M)
-------> Buildpack version 1.5.4
-----> Installing dependencies with pip
       Ignoring indexes:
-----> Preparing static assets
       Running collectstatic...
       61 static files copied to '/home/vcap/app/staticfiles'.

-----> Uploading droplet (42M)

1 of 1 instances running

App started


App django-sample was started using this command `python collectstatic --noinput && python migrate && gunicorn django_sample.wsgi`

Showing health and status for app django-sample in org Derek / space Dev as Derek...

requested state: started
instances: 1/1
usage: 512M x 1 instances
last uploaded: Mon Mar 7 22:50:37 UTC 2016
stack: cflinuxfs2
buildpack: python 1.5.4

     state     since                    cpu    memory           disk           details   
#0   running   2016-03-07 04:51:14 PM   0.0%   103.1M of 512M   161.8M of 1G

Python Version Support

The Python buildpack releases page outlines the supported versions. We recommend using the most recent one for applications deployed to AppFog.