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Tools to facilitate application development for Django

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Tools to facilitate application development for Django

Console utility for those who have more than one Django reusable application to maintain.

It allows certain actions to be done in batch mode over all you apps.

Supported commands:

  • bootstrap
  • add_migrations
  • make_trans
  • list_apps
  • list_venvs
  • install_package


  1. Python 2.7+, 3.2+
  2. Python virtualenv package (or just Python 3.3+).

How to start

  1. Make a new directory, where you want your workspace to be, and step into it;

  2. Run > django-dev bootstrap to create basic directory structure;

  3. Symlink your apps into apps directory (was created by step 2 in your current directory).


    ln -s /home/idle/dev/django-sitetree/sitetree /home/idle/dev/dj_workspace/apps/sitetree

    Notice, that symlinked is a directory containing (not

Making both South and Django 1.7+ migrations

Use add_migrations command.

  • Relocate old South migrations into south_migrations and create new migrations in migrations:

    > django-dev add_migrations --relocate_south

  • Create/update migrations both for South and Django 1.7:

    > django-dev add_migrations

  • Create/update migrations for certain apps:

    > django-dev add_migrations --apps sitecats siteflags

Updating translation files

Use make_trans command.

  • Update existing .mo and .po files for every locale available in app:

    > django-dev make_trans

  • Update/create .mo and .po files for certain locales:

    > django-dev make_trans ru en

  • Update/create .mo and .po files for certain apps:

    > django-dev make_trans ru --apps sitetree sitegate

Satisfy your app requirements

Use install_package command to install packages into virtual envs to satisfy app requirements.

Exact version numbers could be given as in PIP: somedep==1.5.

Get involved into django-dev

Submit issues. If you spotted something weird in application behavior or want to propose a feature you can do that at

Write code. If you are eager to participate in application development, fork it at, write your code, whether it should be a bugfix or a feature implementation, and make a pull request right from the forked project page.

Spread the word. If you have some tips and tricks or any other words in mind that you think might be of interest for the others — publish it.

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