Setting Up a Development Environment for Django


Before you can start building web applications with Django, you need to set up a development environment. This environment includes Python, Django, and a code editor. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process.


To follow along, you should have the following prerequisites installed on your computer:

  • Python: Install the latest version of Python from
  • Pip: The Python package manager comes with Python. You can check if it's installed by running
    pip --version
    in your command prompt or terminal.
  • Code Editor: Choose a code editor such as Visual Studio Code, PyCharm, or Sublime Text.

Installing Django

Django is a Python web framework that you can install using pip, the Python package manager. Open your command prompt or terminal and run the following command:

pip install django

Creating a Django Project

Once Django is installed, you can create your first project. Navigate to the directory where you want to create your project and run the following command:

django-admin startproject projectname

Starting the Development Server

To run your Django project locally, navigate to the project directory and execute the following command:

python runserver

You can access your project at

Using a Code Editor

Open your code editor of choice and load your Django project. You can now start editing your project's files and build your web application.


You've successfully set up a development environment for Django. With Python, Django, and a code editor in place, you're ready to start creating powerful web applications.