Hello, World in Django: My Quickstart/Cheatsheet for Getting Up and Running with Django on Windows

Getting to hello, world in Django is kind of a pain. If you find yourself having some trouble getting up and running on your Windows machine and want to get to “hello, world” as quickly as possible, I hope you find my cheat sheet below helpful. This isn’t really tutorial. For that, I suggest going through the official Django Polls App Tutorial. However, if you just want a quick reference for the future, this is the guide for you!

$ cd Desktop
$ mkdir HelloDjango
$ cd HelloDjango
// Create Virtual Environment with Python's venv
$ python -m venv env
// Activate the Virtual Environment (Windows)
$ env\Scripts\activate
// Install Django
(env) $ python -m pip install Django
// Create / Update requirements.txt File
(env) $ pip freeze > requirements.txt
// Running someone else's Django App?
// See below how to install dependencies from requirements.txt file...
(env) $ pip install -r requirements.txt
// Create Django Project (Project Can Contain Many Apps)
(env) $ django-admin startproject hellodjango
// Run Django Development Server
(env) $ python manage.py runserver
// Create Django App
(env) $ cd hellodjango
(env) $ python manage.py startapp hellodjangoapp
// Connect new "App" to Project
Open the settings.py file under the hellodjango directory,
and add hellodjangoapp.apps.HellodjangoappConfig to INSTALLED_APPS
# Application definition
// Add your first view (hello, world) to hellodjangoapp/views.py
from django.http import HttpResponse
# Create your views here.
def index(request):
return HttpResponse("hello, world")
// Create your app's urls.py file (will also need to update project urls.py after this)
from django.urls import path
from . import views
urlpatterns = [
path('', views.index, name='index'),
// Now update your project's urls.py file (notice updated import statements)
from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import include, path
urlpatterns = [
path('', include('hellodjangoapp.urls')),
path('admin/', admin.site.urls),
// Run development server (run from hellodjango directory)
(env) $ cd hellodjango
(env) $ python manage.py runserver
// Now visit in your web browser to see your hello, world in action
// NOTE: Apparently Django will create your requirements.txt file for you
// the first time you run the development server, so the requirements.txt
// code above is likely NOT necessary, consider removing from instructions.
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