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Cookiecutter Django

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Powered by Cookiecutter , Cookiecutter Django is a framework for jumpstarting production-ready Django projects quickly.


Optional Integrations

These features can be enabled during initial project setup.

  • Serve static files from Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage or Whitenoise

  • Configuration for Celery and Flower (the latter in Docker setup only)

  • Integration with MailHog for local email testing

  • Integration with Sentry for error logging


  • Only maintained 3rd party libraries are used.

  • Uses PostgreSQL everywhere (9.2+)

  • Environment variables for configuration (This won’t work with Apache/mod_wsgi).

Support this Project!

This project is run by volunteers. Please support them in their efforts to maintain and improve Cookiecutter Django:

Projects that provide financial support to the maintainers:

Two Scoops of Django 1.11

Two Scoops of Django

Two Scoops of Django is the best dessert-themed Django reference in the universe



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Let’s pretend you want to create a Django project called “redditclone”. Rather than using startproject and then editing the results to include your name, email, and various configuration issues that always get forgotten until the worst possible moment, get cookiecutter to do all the work.

First, get Cookiecutter. Trust me, it’s awesome:

$ pip install "cookiecutter>=1.4.0"

Now run it against this repo:

$ cookiecutter

You’ll be prompted for some values. Provide them, then a Django project will be created for you.

Warning : After this point, change ‘Daniel Greenfeld’, ‘pydanny’, etc to your own information.

Answer the prompts with your own desired options . For example:

Cloning into 'cookiecutter-django'...
remote: Counting objects: 550, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (310/310), done.
remote: Total 550 (delta 283), reused 479 (delta 222)
Receiving objects: 100% (550/550), 127.66 KiB | 58 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (283/283), done.
project_name [Project Name]: Reddit Clone
project_slug [reddit_clone]: reddit
author_name [Daniel Roy Greenfeld]: Daniel Greenfeld
email []:
description [Behold My Awesome Project!]: A reddit clone.
domain_name []:
version [0.1.0]: 0.0.1
timezone [UTC]: America/Los_Angeles
use_whitenoise [n]: n
use_celery [n]: y
use_mailhog [n]: n
use_sentry [n]: y
use_pycharm [n]: y
windows [n]: n
use_docker [n]: n
use_heroku [n]: y
use_compressor [n]: y
Select postgresql_version:
1 - 10.5
2 - 10.4
3 - 10.3
4 - 10.2
5 - 10.1
6 - 9.6
7 - 9.5
8 - 9.4
9 - 9.3
Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 [1]: 1
Select js_task_runner:
1 - None
2 - Gulp
Choose from 1, 2 [1]: 1
Select cloud_provider:
1 - AWS
2 - GCS
Choose from 1, 2 [1]: 1
custom_bootstrap_compilation [n]: n
Select open_source_license:
1 - MIT
2 - BSD
3 - GPLv3
4 - Apache Software License 2.0
5 - Not open source
Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 [1]: 1
keep_local_envs_in_vcs [y]: y
debug[n]: n

Enter the project and take a look around:

$ cd reddit/
$ ls

Create a git repo and push it there:

$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "first awesome commit"
$ git remote add origin
$ git push -u origin master

Now take a look at your repo. Don’t forget to carefully look at the generated README. Awesome, right?

For local development, see the following:


  • Have questions? Before you ask questions anywhere else , please post your question on Stack Overflow under the cookiecutter-django tag. We check there periodically for questions.

  • If you think you found a bug or want to request a feature, please open an issue .

  • For anything else, you can chat with us on Gitter .

For Readers of Two Scoops of Django

You may notice that some elements of this project do not exactly match what we describe in chapter 3. The reason for that is this project, amongst other things, serves as a test bed for trying out new ideas and concepts. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but the end result is that it won’t necessarily match precisely what is described in the book I co-authored.

For Users

If you are using to keep your dependencies updated and secure, use the code cookiecutter during checkout to get 15% off every month.

“Your Stuff”

Scattered throughout the Python and HTML of this project are places marked with “your stuff”. This is where third-party libraries are to be integrated with your project.


Need a stable release? You can find them at

Not Exactly What You Want?

This is what I want. It might not be what you want. Don’t worry, you have options:

Fork This

If you have differences in your preferred setup, I encourage you to fork this to create your own version. Once you have your fork working, let me know and I’ll add it to a ‘ Similar Cookiecutter Templates ’ list here. It’s up to you whether or not to rename your fork.

If you do rename your fork, I encourage you to submit it to the following places:

  • cookiecutter so it gets listed in the README as a template.

  • The cookiecutter grid on Django Packages.

Submit a Pull Request

We accept pull requests if they’re small, atomic, and make our own project development experience better.


Have a blog or online publication ?

Write about your cookiecutter-django tips and tricks, then send us a pull request with the link.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Cookiecutter project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms, and mailing lists is expected to follow the PyPA Code of Conduct .