Django and OSX

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Those who have been here before know that I am a big fan of the Django python webframework, and also a big fan of OS X. So I thought that I would install Django on my MacBook Pro.

I did have it all installed on my G4 laptop, but I am going to be using it with at least two different databases on this machine. I am not going to give a complete, what I typed style install, just an overview because it is fairly easy.

  1. Install latest version 2.4.* of Python from

  2. Check out the development version of Django from (I checked it out in /django – probably not the best place to put it.)

  3. Install latest stable version (5.1) of MySQL from

  4. Install latest stable version of MySQL tools

  5. Install MySQLdb from

  6. Create a symlink so Python can find django: ln -s /django/django_src/django/ /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.4/lib/python2.4/site-packages/django

  7. Then I followed some instructions on to add the path that I need.

  8. edit your .bash_profile file in your home directory with the following path: /django/django_src/django/bin/:/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/Current/bin:

Now that should be everything needed to start running with Django and MySQL. PostGreSQL is of course the better database but for the testing work that I am doing my webhost at the moment doesn’t support PostgreSQL..

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