How to install Django on Windows¶
This document will guide you through installing Python and Django for basic usage on Windows. This is meant as a beginner’s guide for users working on Django projects and does not reflect how Django should be installed when developing patches for Django itself.
The steps in this guide have been tested with Windows 7 and 8. In other versions, the steps would be similar.
Django is a Python web framework, thus requiring Python to be installed on your machine.
To install Python on your machine go to http://python.org/download/, and download a Windows MSI installer for Python. Once downloaded, run the MSI installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
After installation, open the command prompt and check the Python version by
python --version. If you encounter a problem, make sure you
have set the
PATH variable correctly. You might need to adjust your
PATH environment variable to include paths to the Python executable and
additional scripts. For example, if your Python is installed in
C:\Python34\, the following paths need to be added to
To install Python packages on your computer, Setuptools is needed. Download the latest version of Setuptools for your Python version and follow the installation instructions given there.
PIP is a package manager for Python that
uses the Python Package Index to install Python
packages. PIP will later be used to install Django from PyPI. If you’ve
installed Python 3.4,
pip is included so you may skip this section.
Open a command prompt and execute
easy_install pip. This will install
pip on your system. This command will work if you have successfully
Alternatively, go to http://www.pip-installer.org/en/latest/installing.html for installing/upgrading instructions.
Django can be installed easily using
In the command prompt, execute the following command:
pip install django.
This will download and install Django.
After the installation has completed, you can verify your Django installation
django-admin.py --version in the command prompt.
In Django 1.7, a
.exe has been introduced, so just use
django-admin in place of
django-admin.py in the command prompt.
See Get your database running for information on database installation with Django.
django-admin.pyonly displays the help text no matter what arguments it is given, there is probably a problem with the file association in Windows. Check if there is more than one environment variable set for running Python scripts in
PATH. This usually occurs when there is more than one Python version installed.
If you are connecting to the internet behind a proxy, there might be problem in running the commands
pip install django. Set the environment variables for proxy configuration in the command prompt as follows:
set http_proxy=http://username:password@proxyserver:proxyport set https_proxy=https://username:password@proxyserver:proxyport
django-admin.pyopens up a text file. This is due to the text editor being the default program for
.pyfiles. This must be changed to the
python.exelocated in the folder where Python is installed.