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Djenesis begets Django projects

Project Description


Djenesis begets django projects.

Djenesis is a tool that helps with starting and working on Django projects. Virtualenv is a de facto requirement for any python project and especially so with django projects.

Djenesis does require virtualenv, and your first step is installation for your platform.

Virtualenv Installation

Mac OS X

Virtualenv requires the ‘install-name-tool’ command line utility to run properly on OSX. But by default OS X does not ship with this installed. It can be installed either by installing Xcode from the Mac App Store, or if you would like to avoid a several gigabyte download you can install the “Command Line Tools for Xcode” from Apple Developer Downloads. Note that both of these will require the creation of an Apple ID if you do not already have one.

Once either Xcode or the Xcode Command Line Tools are installed, you can install virtualenv with pip – if you don’t have pip, OSX ships with the easy_install command:

pip install virtualenv


easy_install virtualenv


Make sure C:\Python27\Scripts is in your PATH variable. (Replace “Python27” with your version)

Download and run it:


Then you can install virtualenv with easy_install:

easy_install virtualenv


Install pip and virtualenv from the package repository:

apt-get install python-pip python-virtualenv


Install pip and virtualenv from the package repository:

yum install python-pip python-virtualenv

Tips & Tricks

Pip Download Cache

set the environment variable PIP_DOWNLOAD_CACHE, to reduce the need to download pip packages multiple times. e.g.:

export PIP_DOWNLOAD_CACHE=~/.pip_download_cache

User Stories

I want to create a new default django project

The simplest story, give djenesis a project name and it will initialze a new project:

$ djenesis djangoproject

This will create a new virtualenv environment at ./env-djangoproject, install the latest version of Django, and initialize a new django project at ./djangoproject using the standard django-admin startproject command.

I want to create a new django project based on my custom template

Probably the most common use case, start a new project based on a preferred project layout:

$ djenesis mynewproject git+

this will inflate a new project based on the template found at the git+url in a directory named mynewproject This will also create a virtualenv named env-mynewproject and install any packages found in requirements.txt found at the toplevel directory in the template.

I want to start working on an existing django project

A convienent way to start working on a project:

$ djenesis -i projectname

this will initialize a virtualenv env-projectname and clone the project into projectname, just like without -i but will preserve .git or any other SCM management files. (.hg, .git, .svn)

I like using mkvirtualenv and workon

The virtualenvwrapper package is popular and is a convienent way to maintain a lot of different projects:

$ djenesis -w thenewproject

Template URL Formats

You can specify a template as either a path to a local file, a URL to a remote .tgz file, or as a SCM url:


Environment Variables

If set, djenesis will use this as the template argument if none is given on the commandline.
If set to “1”, djenesis will default to using the mkvirtualenv and workon commands.
The path to where has been installed.


Usage: djenesis [options] <project_name> [template]
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -e VIRTUALENV, --virtualenv=VIRTUALENV
                        Specify the path to create the virtualenv
  -i, --initialize      Initialize from an existing project (dont remove scm
  -w, --use-virtualenvwrapper
                        use 'mkvirtualenv' and 'workon' from virtualenvwrapper
                        the name of the virtualenvwrapper environment to use
                        (defaults to project_name)
                        the path to the virtualenvwrapper

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