Third-party distributions of Django

Many third-party distributors are now providing versions of Django integrated with their package-management systems. These can make installation and upgrading much easier for users of Django since the integration includes the ability to automatically install dependencies (like database adapters) that Django requires.

Typically, these packages are based on the latest stable release of Django, so if you want to use the development version of Django you’ll need to follow the instructions for installing the development version from our Subversion repository.

Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

The BitNami Django Stack is a free distribution which includes ready-to-run versions of Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Python, Django and required dependencies. It can be deployed using a native installer, as a virtual machine or in the cloud.

Linux distributions


Install python-django or python2-django, for Python 3 or Python 2 support respectively, from the Official Repositories.

Installed using the following command with root privileges pacman -S python-django


The Debian package is named python3-django (and python-django for Python 2 support) and can be installed using the following command with root privileges.

apt install python-django

all Debian releases for Python 3 and for Python 2, see Debian Reference • Chapter 6 – Debian package management for instructions






A Django package is available for openSUSE Linux in the openSUSE Build Service. The current package can be installed by subscribing to the devel:languages:python project and typing zypper install python-django. Alternatively, you can use a one-click-install link.

RPM Based Distributions



While the Django documentation recommends starting a Django project outside of the web server's document root (e.g. /var/www), SELinux does not allow web servers such as Apache access outside of their document roots. See also: SELinux - Highly Secured Web Hosting for Python-based Web Applications.


all Ubuntu releases with Python 3 support and with Python 3 support, see also Ubuntu documentation on "Adding and Removing Software"

UNIX distributions


There are two options:

  • To add the package: pkg install py-django
  • To install the port: cd /usr/ports/www/py-django/ && make install clean

For recent changes


There are two options:

  • To add the binary package: pkg_add py27-django
  • To install the package from source: cd /usr/pkgsrc/www/py-django/ && make install clean

For recent changes

Mac OS X


Django 1.11.7 can be installed via the MacPorts system:

  • Python 2.7: sudo port install py27-django
  • Python 3.5: sudo port install py35-django
  • Python 3.6: sudo port install py36-django

Please note that is renamed according to the Python version you installed it for ( if you installed py25-django).

To enable bash completion install the bash_completion variant (sudo port install py25-django +bash_completion).

To avoid a command not found issue with Snow Leopard 10.6.2 and various other OSX (Django installed using MacPorts) here a tip that might help. There might be a $PATH issue. Adding the proper PATH to ~/.Profile: export PATH=/opt/local/bin:opt/local/sbin:/opt/local/lib/python2.4/site-packages/django/bin:$PATH should help. NB Could be that one needs to change the Python version in the PATH.

You can also change the PATH at the system level by creating the file


with the contents


Be sure to change the last path to reflect the version of Python on your system.


The Rudix package system for OS X has ready to download DMG files, containing a standard PKG installer. Rudix takes care to play nicely with the default Python installation. Admin utils and documentation will go to /usr/local.


There are two options:

  • Install as package: pkg_add py-django
  • Installation over ports system: cd /usr/ports/www/py-django; sudo make; sudo make install

For recent changes

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