In general, GeoDjango installation requires:
Details for each of the requirements and installation instructions are provided in the sections below. In addition, platform-specific instructions are available for:
Use the Source
Because GeoDjango takes advantage of the latest in the open source geospatial software technology, recent versions of the libraries are necessary. If binary packages aren’t available for your platform, installation from source may be required. When compiling the libraries from source, please follow the directions closely, especially if you’re a beginner.
Python and Django¶
Because GeoDjango is included with Django, please refer to Django’s installation instructions for details on how to install.
PostgreSQL (with PostGIS), MySQL, Oracle, and SQLite (with SpatiaLite) are the spatial databases currently supported.
PostGIS is recommended, because it is the most mature and feature-rich open source spatial database.
The geospatial libraries required for a GeoDjango installation depends on the spatial database used. The following lists the library requirements, supported versions, and any notes for each of the supported database backends:
|Database||Library Requirements||Supported Versions||Notes|
|PostgreSQL||GEOS, GDAL, PROJ, PostGIS||12+||Requires PostGIS.|
|MySQL||GEOS, GDAL||8+||Limited functionality.|
|Oracle||GEOS, GDAL||19+||XE not supported.|
|SQLite||GEOS, GDAL, PROJ, SpatiaLite||3.21.0+||Requires SpatiaLite 4.3+|
See also this comparison matrix on the OSGeo Wiki for PostgreSQL/PostGIS/GEOS/GDAL possible combinations.
Like other Django contrib applications, you will only need to add
INSTALLED_APPS in your settings.
This is so that the
gis templates can be located – if not done, then
features such as the geographic admin or KML sitemaps will not function properly.
If you can’t find the solution to your problem here then participate in the community! You can:
- Join the
#django-geoIRC channel on Libera.Chat. Please be patient and polite – while you may not get an immediate response, someone will attempt to answer your question as soon as they see it.
- Ask your question on the GeoDjango forum.
- File a ticket on the Django trac if you think there’s a bug. Make sure to provide a complete description of the problem, versions used, and specify the component as “GIS”.
Library environment settings¶
By far, the most common problem when installing GeoDjango is that the external shared libraries (e.g., for GEOS and GDAL) cannot be located.  Typically, the cause of this problem is that the operating system isn’t aware of the directory where the libraries built from source were installed.
In general, the library path may be set on a per-user basis by setting an environment variable, or by configuring the library path for the entire system.
LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable¶
A user may set this environment variable to customize the library paths
they want to use. The typical library directory for software
built from source is
to be included in the
LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable. For example, the user
could place the following in their bash profile:
Setting system library path¶
On GNU/Linux systems, there is typically a file in
/etc/ld.so.conf, which may include
additional paths from files in another directory, such as
As the root user, add the custom library path (like
/usr/local/lib) on a
new line in
ld.so.conf. This is one example of how to do so:
$ sudo echo /usr/local/lib >> /etc/ld.so.conf $ sudo ldconfig
For OpenSolaris users, the system library path may be modified using the
crle utility. Run
crle with no options to see the current configuration
crle -l to set with the new library path. Be very careful when
modifying the system library path:
# crle -l $OLD_PATH:/usr/local/lib
GeoDjango uses the
find_library function (from the
module) to discover libraries. The
find_library routine uses a program
objdump (part of the
binutils package) to verify a shared
library on GNU/Linux systems. Thus, if
binutils is not installed on your
Linux system then Python’s ctypes may not be able to find your library even if
your library path is set correctly and geospatial libraries were built perfectly.
binutils package may be installed on Debian and Ubuntu systems using the
$ sudo apt-get install binutils
Similarly, on Red Hat and CentOS systems:
$ sudo yum install binutils
Because of the variety of packaging systems available for macOS, users have several different options for installing GeoDjango. These options are:
This section also includes instructions for installing an upgraded version of Python from packages provided by the Python Software Foundation, however, this is not required.
Although macOS comes with Python installed, users can use framework installers provided by the Python Software Foundation. An advantage to using the installer is that macOS’s Python will remain “pristine” for internal operating system use.
You will need to modify the
PATH environment variable in your
.profile file so that the new version of Python is used when
python is entered at the command-line:
After installing Postgres.app, add the following to your
you can run the package’s programs from the command-line. Replace
the version of PostgreSQL in the Postgres.app you installed:
You can check if the path is set up correctly by typing
which psql at a
Homebrew provides “recipes” for building binaries and packages from source. It provides recipes for the GeoDjango prerequisites on Macintosh computers running macOS. Because Homebrew still builds the software from source, Xcode is required.
$ brew install postgresql $ brew install postgis $ brew install gdal $ brew install libgeoip
$ sudo port install postgresql13-server $ sudo port install geos $ sudo port install proj6 $ sudo port install postgis3 $ sudo port install gdal $ sudo port install libgeoip
You will also have to modify the
PATH in your
that the MacPorts programs are accessible from the command-line:
In addition, add the
DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH setting so that
the libraries can be found by Python:
Proceed through the following sections sequentially in order to install GeoDjango on Windows. In this tutorial we will install 64 bit versions of each application.
Download the latest PostgreSQL 15.x installer from the EnterpriseDB website. After downloading, run the installer, follow the on-screen directions, and keep the default options unless you know the consequences of changing them.
The PostgreSQL installer creates a new
postgres database superuser
You will be prompted once to set the password – make sure to remember it!
When the installer completes, it will ask to “Launch Stack Builder at exit?” – keep this checked, as it is necessary to install PostGIS.
If installed successfully, the PostgreSQL server will run in the background
each time the system as started as a Windows service. A
psql command window.
From within the Stack Builder (to run outside of the installer,), select from the drop down menu and click next. Expand the menu tree and select .
After clicking next, you will be prompted to confirm the selected package and “Download directory”. Click next again, this will download PostGIS and you will be asked to click next to begin the PostGIS installer. Select the default options during install. The install process includes four Yes/No dialog boxes, the default option for all four is “No”.
The OSGeo4W installer helps to install the PROJ, GDAL, and GEOS libraries required by GeoDjango. First, download the OSGeo4W installer, and run it. Select and click next. In the ‘Select Packages’ list, ensure that GDAL is selected. If any other packages are enabled by default, they are not required by GeoDjango and may be unchecked safely. After clicking next and accepting the license agreements, the packages will be automatically downloaded and installed, after which you may exit the installer.
Modify Windows environment¶
In order to use GeoDjango, you will need to add your OSGeo4W
directories to your Windows system
Path, as well as create
PROJ_LIB environment variables. The following set of commands,
cmd.exe, will set this up. Restart your device
once this is complete for new environment variables to be recognized:
set OSGEO4W_ROOT=C:\OSGeo4W set GDAL_DATA=%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\gdal\share\gdal set PROJ_LIB=%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\share\proj set PATH=%PATH%;%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\bin reg ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment" /v Path /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /f /d "%PATH%" reg ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment" /v GDAL_DATA /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /f /d "%GDAL_DATA%" reg ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment" /v PROJ_LIB /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /f /d "%PROJ_LIB%"
Administrator privileges are required to execute these commands. To do this, run command prompt as administrator and enter the commands above. You need to log out and log back in again for the settings to take effect.
If you customized the OSGeo4W installation directories, then you will need
to modify the
OSGEO4W_ROOT variables accordingly.
Install Django and set up database¶
psycopg Python module provides the interface between Python and the
psycopg can be installed via pip within your Python
...\> py -m pip install psycopg
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