According to official site,

Django is a free and open-source web framework, written in Python, which follows the model-view-template architectural pattern.

Nginx is a web server which can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTP cache.

We are going to use above technologies and deploy a sample Django app “dproject” with structure as

Djproject is the main Django project folder containing the import wsgi file, settings, urls. Djapp is my Django app and venv is python virtual environment folder where needed python packages and gunicorn is installed.

We can install gunicorn using pip as

pip install gunicorn

Now we will test if gunicorn can server our Django app or not

gunicorn –bind dproject.wsgi

If that works well we can proceed on further creating a gunicorn service to serve my app on nginx server

Now we’ll create a system service that can manage above gunicorn process.

Create a file for the gunicorn service as

vim /etc/systemd/system/dproject_gunicorn.service

Descriptioin = Gunicorn Daemon for dproject
After =

ExecStart=/home/gopal/dproject/venv/bin/gunicorn –access-logfile - --workers 3 –bind unix:/home/gopal/dproject/dproject.sock dproject.wsgi:application


Our service is dependent on We are using ‘gopal’ and ‘www-data’ as linux os user and group to serve our app. WorkingDirectory is pointed to our project directory.

ExecStart is a command line that will execute on service run. Here we have started our gunicorn process with 3 workers that will serve dproject through unix socket file.

We are also telling that we want our service to be managed by runlevel

Now we will allow our port 80 through firewall

ufw allow 80


firewall-cmd –permanent –add-port=80/tcp
firewall-cmd –reload

Now we will start and enable our gunicorn service so that our service is started automatically after every boot

systemctl start dproject_gunicorn
systemctl enable dproject_gunicorn

Now we’ll create nginx configuration file for our Django app which is served through unix socket file dproject.sock via gunicorn

vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/dproject

server {
  listen: 80;
  location /static/ {
    root /home/gopal/dproject;
  location / {
    include proxy_params;
    proxy_pass http://unix:/home/gopal/dproject/dproject.sock;

We will enable this configuration file by creating a symlink to site-enabled directory of nginx configuration directory

ln –s /etc/nginx/sites-available/dproject /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/dproject

We will now test if our configuration is ok

nginx –t

It says “OK”

Now we will restart out nginx server and allow nginx ports in our firewall

systemctl restart nginx
ufw allow “Nginx Full”