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Installer for Apache/mod_wsgi.

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The mod_wsgi package provides an Apache module that implements a WSGI compliant interface for hosting Python based web applications on top of the Apache web server.

Installation of mod_wsgi can now be performed in one of two ways.

The first way of installing mod_wsgi is the traditional way that has been used in the past, where it is installed as a module directly into your Apache installation.

The second and newest way of installing mod_wsgi is to install it as a Python package into your Python installation.

This new way of installing mod_wsgi will compile not only the Apache module for mod_wsgi, but will also install a set of Python modules and an admin script for running up Apache directly from the command line with an auto generated configuration.

This later mechanism for running up Apache, which is referred to as the mod_wsgi express version, provides a much simpler way of getting starting with hosting your Python web application.

In particular, the new installation method makes it very easy to use Apache/mod_wsgi in a development environment without the need to perform any Apache configuration yourself.

System Requirements

With either installation method for mod_wsgi, you obviously must have Apache installed.

If running Linux, any corresponding developer variant of the specific Apache package you are using also needs to be installed. This is required in order to be able to compile mod_wsgi from source code.

For example, on Ubuntu Linux, if you were using the Apache prefork MPM you would need both:

  • apache2-mpm-prefork
  • apache2-prefork-dev

If instead you were using the Apache worker MPM, you would need both:

  • apache2-mpm-worker
  • apache2-threaded-dev

In general it is recommend you use the Apache worker MPM where you have a choice, although mod_wsgi will work with both, as well as the event and ITK MPM, plus winnt MPM on Windows.

If you are running MacOS X, the Apache server and required developer files for compiling mod_wsgi are already present.

Installation into Apache

For installation directly into your Apache installation, see the full documentation at:

Also see the documentation if wishing to use mod_wsgi on Windows as the method of installing direct into your Python installation will not work on Windows.

Installation into Python

To install the mod_wsgi express version directly into your Python installation, from within the source directory of the mod_wsgi package you can run:

python install

This will compile mod_wsgi and install the resulting package into your Python installation.

If wishing to install an official release direct from PyPi, you can instead run:

pip install mod_wsgi

If you wish to use a version of Apache which is installed into a non standard location, you can set and export the APXS environment variable to the location of the Apache apxs script for your Apache installation before performing the installation.

Note that nothing will be copied into your Apache installation at this point. As a result, you do not need to run this as the root user unless installing it into a site wide Python installation rather than a Python virtual environment.

To verify that the installation was successful, run the mod_wsgi-express script with the start-server command:

mod_wsgi-express start-server

This will start up Apache/mod_wsgi on port 8000. You can then verify that the installation worked by pointing your browser at:


When started in this way, the Apache web server will stay in the foreground. To stop the Apache server, use CTRL-C.

For a simple WSGI application contained in a WSGI script file called, in the current directory, you can now run:

mod_wsgi-express start-server

This instance of the Apache web server will be completely independent of, and will not interfere with any existing instance of Apache you may have running on port 80.

If you already have another web server running on port 8000, you can override the port to be used using the --port option:

mod_wsgi-express start-server --port 8001

For a complete list of options you can run:

mod_wsgi-express start-server --help

Further information on using the mod_wsgi express version see the main mod_wsgi documentation.

Using mod_wsgi express with Django

To use the mod_wsgi express version with Django, after having installed the mod_wsgi package into your Python installation, edit your Django settings module and add mod_wsgi.server to the list of installed apps.


To prepare for running of the mod_wsgi express version, ensure that you first collect up any Django static file assets into the directory specified for them in the Django settings file:

python collectstatic

You can now run the Apache server with mod_wsgi hosting your Django application by running:

python runmodwsgi

If working in a development environment and you would like to have any code changes automatically reloaded, then you can use the --reload-on-changes option.

python runmodwsgi --reload-on-changes

Using mod_wsgi express with New Relic

If using New Relic for application performance monitoring, and you already have the newrelic package installed and your Python agent configuration file generated, you can use the --with-newrelic option.

You do not need to use the newrelic-admin script that New Relic provides to wrap the execution of the server. You only need to set the NEW_RELIC_CONFIG_FILE environment variable to the location of your agent configuration file.


mod_wsgi-express --with-newrelic

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Using mod_wsgi express with wdb (Web Debugger)

If a fan of wdb for debugging your web application during development, and you already have that installed, you can use the --with-wdb option.

mod_wsgi-express --with-wdb

You do not need to start the wdb server yourself, it will be automatically started and managed for you.

[1]Disclaimer: I work for New Relic and am the primary developer of the Python agent. So of course it is awesome. :-)

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