Deploy Django 1.7 Application (using DigitalOcean quick start tutorial) - Error 500 =(

Hello, everyone!

I tried to follow this tutorial link, but it hasn’t worked for me. =(

I know that error 500 should be an application error, but, the application works fine on my computer.

This is nginx configs

upstream app_server {
    server fail_timeout=0;

server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

    root /usr/share/nginx/html;
    index index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 4G;
    server_name _;

    keepalive_timeout 5;

    # Your Django project's media files - amend as required
    location /media  {
        alias /home/django/agenciafacilonline/media;

    # your Django project's static files - amend as required
    location /static {
        alias /home/django/agenciafacilonline/agenciafacilonline/static;

    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;

This is my gunicorn configs

description "Gunicorn daemon for Django project"

start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE=eth0)
stop on runlevel [!12345]

# If the process quits unexpectedly trigger a respawn

setuid django
setgid django
chdir /home/django

exec gunicorn \
    --name=agenciafacilonline \
    --pythonpath=agenciafacilonline \
    --bind= \
    --config /etc/gunicorn.d/ \

Do I need to do anything more?

Many thanks


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I had a similar problem, and all logs were empty too !!

The problem with me was that I’m using environment variables in code, that was declared in .bashrc but wasn’t read ! The solution was to declare those environment variable inside /etc/init/gunicorn.conf file.


And it works :) This may help you, or if not check init files reference It may be more useful

The errors mean that whatever should be running on port 9000 isn’t running, which is gunicorn in this case.

Check gunicorn’s error log, are there any errors?

sudo tail -30 /var/log/upstart/gunicorn.log

Unrelated: I would replace --bind= with --bind= so that gunicorn itself can’t be accessed externally (you want everything to go through nginx first).