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django-zappa - Serverless Django

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**django-zappa** makes it super easy to deploy Django applications on
AWS Lambda + API Gateway. Think of it as "serverless" web hosting for
your Django apps.

That means:

- **No more** tedious web server configuration!
- **No more** paying for 24/7 server uptime!
- **No more** worrying about load balancing / scalability!
- **No more** worrying about keeping servers online!
- **No more** worrying about security vulnerabilities and patches!

**django-zappa** handles:

- Packaging projects into Lambda-ready zip files and uploading them to
- Correctly setting up IAM roles and permissions
- Automatically configuring API Gateway routes, methods and integration
- Turning API Gateway requests into valid WSGI, and returning API
Gateway compatible HTTP responses
- Deploying your application to various stages of readiness (dev,
staging, prod)


`See it in action here! <>`__ You can also watch a
**`screencast on how to use
django-zappa <>`__**.

This project is for Django-specific integration. If you are interested
in how this works under the hood, you should look at the **`Zappa core
library <>`__**, which can be used by
any WSGI-compatible web framework.


*Before you begin, make sure you have a valid AWS account and your `AWS
file <>`__
is properly installed.*

**django-zappa** can easily be installed through pip, like so:


$ pip install django-zappa

In your Django settings, you will need to add ``django_zappa`` to your
installed apps in order to add Zappa commands to your management script.

.. code:: python


Finally, define a ZAPPA\_SETTINGS setting in your local settings file
which maps your named deployment environments to deployed settings and
an S3 bucket (which must already be created). These can be named
anything you like, but you may wish to have seperate *dev*, *staging*
and *production* environments in order to separate your data.

.. code:: python

'production': {
's3_bucket': 'production-bucket',
'settings_file': '~/Projects/MyApp/settings/',
'staging': {
's3_bucket': 'staging-bucket',
'settings_file': '~/Projects/MyApp/settings/',

Notice that each environment defines a path to a settings file. This
file will be used as your *server-side* settings file. Specifically, you
will want to define `a new
SECRET\_KEY <>`__,
as well as your deployment DATABASES information. Zappa now supports
both *MySQL-Python* and *pyscopg2* via
`lambda-packages <>`__.

Basic Usage

Initial Deployments

Once your settings are configured, you can package and deploy your
Django application to an environment called 'production' with a single


$ python deploy production
Your application is now live at:

And now your app is **live!** How cool is that?!


If your application has already been deployed and you only need to
upload new Python code, but not touch the underlying routes, you can


$ python update production
Your application is now live at:


You can also rollback the deployed code to a previous version by
supplying the number of revisions to return to. For instance, to
rollback to the version deployed 3 versions ago:


$ python rollback production 3


If you want to invoke Django management commands on the remote Zappa
instance, you simply call the 'invoke' management command locally:


$ python invoke production check
System check identified no issues (0 silenced).

Tailing Logs

You can watch the logs of a deployment by calling the 'tail' management


$ python tail production

Advanced Usage

There are other settings that you can define in your ZAPPA\_SETTINGS to
change Zappa's behavior. Use these at your own risk!

.. code:: python

'dev': {
'aws_region': 'us-east-1', # AWS Region (default US East),
'domain': '', # Required if you're using a domain
'http_methods': ['GET', 'POST'], # HTTP Methods to route,
'integration_response_codes': [200, 301, 404, 500], # Integration response status codes to route
'memory_size': 512, # Lambda function memory in MB
'method_response_codes': [200, 301, 404, 500], # Method response status codes to route
'parameter_depth': 10, # Size of URL depth to route. Defaults to 5.
'role_name': "MyLambdaRole", # Lambda execution Role
's3_bucket': 'dev-bucket', # Zappa zip bucket,
'settings_file': '~/Projects/MyApp/settings/', # Server side settings file location,
'touch': False, # GET the production URL upon initial deployment (default True)
'use_precompiled_packages': True, # If possible, use C-extension packages which have been pre-compiled for AWS Lambda
'vpc_config': { # Optional VPC configuration for Lambda function
'SubnetIds': [ 'subnet-12345678' ], # Note: not all availability zones support Lambda!
'SecurityGroupIds': [ 'sg-12345678' ]

Keeping the server warm

Lambda has a limitation that functions which aren't called very often
take longer to start - sometimes up to ten seconds. However, functions
that are called regularly are cached and start quickly, usually in less
than 50ms. To ensure that your servers are kept in a cached state, you
can `manually configure <>`__ a
scheduled task for your Zappa function that'll keep the server cached by
calling it every 5 minutes. There is currently no way to configure this
through API, so you'll have to set this up manually. When this ability
is available via API, django-zappa will configure this automatically. It
would be nice to also add support LetsEncrypt through this same

Enabling CORS

To enable Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for your application,
follow the `AWS 'How to CORS'
Guide <>`__
to enable CORS via the API Gateway Console. Don't forget to re-deploy
your API after making the changes!


This project is very young, so there is still plenty to be done.
Contributions are more than welcome! Please file tickets before
submitting patches, and submit your patches to the 'dev' branch.

Things that need work right now:

- Testing!
- Feedback!
- Real documentation / website!

`Contributing <>`__

`License <LICENSE>`__

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