Deploy Django Project On Heroku

In this tutorial we will learn how to deploy your django app on heroku using github.

Setting up Django Project

Firstly we will create a django project or one may also use any existing project. In case you don’t know how to create a django project you may refer our previous blogs .

In my case I have created an app name demo and an app name basicapp. So, my structure is demo/basicapp .

Once we are done with creation of django app we have to setup a new app on Heroku.

Setting A New App On Heroku

After login to Heroku you need to click ‘create new app‘ after this you have to name your app . In my case I have name the app as ‘studygyaantesting‘ .

We are now done with creating a new app now we have to connect our github repository with heroku as shown below

Search your repository name and click on connect

Some Final Changes In Django Project

Now, we are done with setting up an app on heroku, now all we want is to deploy our project on that app.

For this we will first install some packages

pip install gunicorn
pip install whitenoise

After this we will be making following changes in settings.py

  1. We will add path to STATIC_ROOT
STATIC_ROOT=os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'static')

2. Adding ‘whitenoise.middleware.WhiteNoiseMiddleware’ in MIDDLEWARE

MIDDLEWARE = [
    'django.middleware.security.SecurityMiddleware',
    'whitenoise.middleware.WhiteNoiseMiddleware',
    'django.contrib.sessions.middleware.SessionMiddleware',
    'django.middleware.common.CommonMiddleware',
    'django.middleware.csrf.CsrfViewMiddleware',
    'django.contrib.auth.middleware.AuthenticationMiddleware',
    'django.contrib.messages.middleware.MessageMiddleware',
    'django.middleware.clickjacking.XFrameOptionsMiddleware',
]

3. Adding your app name to ALLOWED_HOSTS. In my case I have used my app name i.e. studygyaantesting.herokuapp.com

ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['studygyaantesting.herokuapp.com']

Creating Procfile

After making the above changes in settings.py we now have to create a file in root directory of our project (where manage.py is located).

We will create a text document and write ‘ web: gunicorn <your project name>.wsgi –log-file – ‘ . In my case I have written

web: gunicorn demo.wsgi --log-file -

After writing this save this as Procfile .

Remember- The Procfile should not have any extention i.e we have to remove .txt extention while saving.

Creating requirements.txt

After we create the procfile now we are almost done, at the end we have to run the command

pip freeze > requirements.txt

Now, we will just push our project to Github.

Deploying to Heroku

Once we have pushed our code to github we just have to go our heroku app and click on deploy section. Afte that we will see a button ‘Deploy Branch’. We have to just click that and our project id deployed now.

GitHub – Run Example Locally

GitHub – https://github.com/priyanshuarora1/herokudemo.git

Clone the Repository

git clone https://github.com/priyanshuarora1/Protecting-Django-Project-From-Getting-Attacked.git

Create Virtual Environment – VirtualEnv

mkvirtualenv env

Run requirements file to install libraries using pip

pip install -r requirements.txt