Deploy Django App With Docker and Gunicorn in 3 Easy Steps

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2 min readDec 21, 2020

In our last article, we showed you how to create a simple Django app in 5 steps. If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and check it out!

Starting the server with “python runserver” is only suitable for development purposes and not ideal for production. In this article, we will demonstrate how to deploy a Django app using Docker containers and Gunicorn (a python WSGI HTTP server for UNIX) in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Create a Dockerfile

In the project folder, create a file called Dockerfile (without an extension). This file will be used to create a docker image in the next step.

What it does is very simple: it takes “python” as base image and installs Django and Gunicorn in the container. Then it copies all the code from the current folder to the working directory of the container.

Lastly, it starts an Http server using Gunicorn on port 8000.

FROM python:3.8
RUN pip install Django gunicornCOPY . .ENTRYPOINT [“gunicorn”, “awesome_project.wsgi:application”, “--bind”, “”]

Step 2: Build docker image

In this step, you will build a docker image from the Dockerfile we created in step 1 and tag it as “awesome-app:latest”

docker build -f Dockerfile -t awesome-app:latest .

Step 3: Run docker image

After the docker image has been created successfully, run a docker container with the image. In order to make it accessible from outside the container, map the port to your local machine using the -p flag.

docker run --rm -p 8000:8000 awesome-app

the server should now be running in the container and accessible at localhost:8000 on your machine.


Let’s check if the server is running and if we can access it. As we did in the last article, we use CURL to send a request to the server.

curl! This is awesome!

You should see the message “Hello! This is awesome!” on the console if you finished the steps correctly!

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