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A Django storage backend for local development that downloads files from the live site on the fly.

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django-localdevstorage is a set of storage backends that helps during development. Instead of having to copy all user generated media from the live site for local development, the storage backends provided by django-localdevstorage will download media files that are not available locally “on demand”.


Set one of the provided storage backends in your These are:

  • HTTP: DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE = 'localdevstorage.http.HttpStorage'

  • (more will follow)


Set the fallback domain that should be used to fetch missing files. This is usually the protocol (http or https) and the domain your live site:


If your server is secured with HTTP basic auth, you can provide a username and password:



There are three settings that need to be configured for the SFTP backend:



  • LOCALDEVSTORAGE_SFTP_ROOT_PATH: this should be the MEDIA_ROOT on the remote machine in most cases.


  • Since django-localdevstorage extends a Django storage backend (FileSystemStorage to be precise), only code that uses Django’s file storage abstraction works with django-localdevstorage. Code that bypasses Django and accesses files directly will not benefit.

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