How I ran Django on my android..

May 27, 2020 |  #termux #web-development #django #mobile-programming  

How I ran Django on my android phone...

Yeah, it seems weird coding with your phone, but right now I don't have an option, so if you are like me, you can also do this. This is not an introduction to Django tutorial but how to work on Django with your android.

First we need something like a Linux terminal(or CLI) for android. Lucky for us, there is a terminal emulator on Google play store called Termux, so head to playstore and install it.

Okay, so you have installed it, what next?
So basically you can do whatever you could do on a Linux terminal now with this app(create directories, move files, change directory). This is how Termux looks like.


So let's roll in. Enter this command to view where Termux saves your files.
$ pwd

So that's where Termux saves your files, but the problem is you can't access that folder because of safety issues.

So to be able to access your files..
run this command
$ termux-setup-storage

And allow permission to storage in the popup shown.

Now change directory to your internal shared storage by running this command.

$ cd /sdcard
N:B this command doesn't point to your external SD card but your internal SD card(storage).

Then let's create a folder to store our Django projects, let's call it django_projects.
So run this command.
$ mkdir django_projects

Now let's install python
To install python, run this
$ pkg install python
To check if python is installed, run the python command to enter python console.
$ python

N:B Use ctrl + z to exit the console. Termux app comes with a ctrl key.

Let's create a project called mysite
So still in that django_projects, run this commands.
$ mkdir mysite
$ cd mysite

We need a virtual environment to avoid dependencies clash. So let's install a virtual environment, run this command.
$ pip install virtualenv

After installing it, run
$ virtualenv venv
to create a virtual environment.. Then activate the virtual environment by running (note the full stop)
$ . venv/bin/activate
Now we have a virtual environment, let's install Django. run..
$ pip install django

Okay, so Django is installed in our venv, let's create a Django project. run..
$ django-admin startproject hello .
(note the full stop)

Then let's run migrations..
$ python migrate

You can then run the server..
$ python runserver

voilà, go to your phone browser and open and you should see this..

Feel free to indulge me, if any issues. Thanks for reading.

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