Deploying Django on DigitalOcean - A Comprehensive Guide


DigitalOcean is a popular cloud infrastructure provider that offers virtual private servers (Droplets) for deploying web applications. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the process of deploying a Django project on DigitalOcean, complete with sample code and best practices.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Django Project: You should have a fully developed Django project ready for deployment.
  • DigitalOcean Account: Sign up for a DigitalOcean account if you haven't already.
  • SSH Client: You'll need an SSH client to access your Droplet. Most operating systems have one built-in.
  • Version Control (Optional): Using version control with Git is recommended for efficient deployment and maintenance.

Step 1: Set Up a DigitalOcean Droplet

Create a DigitalOcean Droplet and configure it with the necessary operating system and resources.

Sample Droplet Creation

Using the DigitalOcean Dashboard or API, create a Droplet with your desired operating system and specifications.

Step 2: Prepare Your Django Project

Before deploying to DigitalOcean, ensure that your Django project is well-structured and configured correctly for production.

Sample Django Configuration

Example settings for your Django project's

DEBUG = False
ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['yourdropletip', '']

Step 3: Deploy Your Django Project

Transfer your Django project to the DigitalOcean Droplet using an SCP or SFTP client or by using version control.

Sample Deployment with SCP

Use the following command to transfer your project to the Droplet using SCP:

scp -r /path/to/your/project yourusername@yourdropletip:/path/to/destination

Step 4: Configure Your Web Server

Set up a web server like Nginx or Apache on your DigitalOcean Droplet to serve your Django application.

Sample Nginx Configuration

Below is a simplified Nginx configuration file:

server {
listen 80;
location / {
proxy_pass; # Point to your Gunicorn or uWSGI address
proxy_set_header Host $host;
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;

Step 5: Secure Your Droplet

It's crucial to secure your Droplet using SSH key authentication and firewall rules.

Sample SSH Key Setup

Use the following commands to set up SSH key authentication:

ssh-keygen -t rsa
ssh-copy-id yourusername@yourdropletip


Deploying a Django project on DigitalOcean provides you with full control over your server environment. This guide covers the essential steps to get your project up and running. Be sure to adapt these steps to your specific project requirements and hosting environment.