Connecting droplet stops web server

  • Posted January 29, 2015


I have a Python Django application runing on my droplet. I run it via command

python runserver

And i have nginx server forwarding requests to that local server. Everything is runing smoothly.

The problem is: When i run

python runserver

command, i can’t do anything else, or if i reconnect it using ssh my local server stops. How can i make it run all the time at background?


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You can do this with screen. This tutorial walks you through the details.

In short you can install screen with:

apt-get update;
apt-get install screen;

Then run

screen -S "my service"

And run your Django app. Once it is up and running press ctrl+a d to disconnect from the screen session. This leaves your app running while freeing up the console for other work. When you want to reconnect to your screen session to manage your running Django app or to stop it you can run

screen -R