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Simple helpers for setting up your Django settings file

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Simple helpers for setting up your Django settings file


Inside your file, do the following:

from dj_settings_helpers import create_project_dir, get_env
project_dir = create_project_dir(__file__)

Now, you can use project_dir to generate paths relative to your file and get_env to load environment variables.

For example, you can use it to add your project_root/templates directory to your TEMPLATES_DIRS setting like this:


You can use the get_env variable to pull in environment variables with defaults that depend on the ENVIRONMENT variable. For example, you can set multiple default BROKER_HOST variables for Celery like this:

BROKER_HOST = get_env('BROKER_HOST', '',
        dev='localhost', staging='')

If your ENVIRONMENT variable is equal to dev, the localhost string is used; if set to staging, it is, and all other environments use All of these are overridden by the presence of an environment variable named BROKER_HOST.

Please see the inline documentation in for full examples and usage.


pip install dj-settings-helpers


Copyright 2012 Travis Swicegood

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