Django can't get access to sqlite3 database

I am currently running a server instance of the one-click install option for Django Ubuntu 14.04.

This server is running a Django app using NGINX, sqlite3, and gunicorn.

I set up letsencrypt properly and it is used to serve my website with ssl.

I deleted all of the files in /home/django/dango_project/ and replaced them with my own.

When I load my website, everything works fine, except for my admin site.

I am able to log in to the admin site when I run the django_project locally, but it isn’t working when the project is in production at my website.

You can verify that my db.sqlite3 file exists and contains posts by going to

With debug disabled, my website gives a Server Error (500) after I log in to my admin site.

With debug enabled, my website gives OperationalError at /admin/ attempt to write a readonly database after logging into the admin site.

I have been trying to get into my admin site for nearly 5 hours now, no google searches are helping.

I appreciate any help in advance!

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open puTTy once you link the ip address and login cd into file location ie cd /home/django/django_project/ then enter

chown django:django db.sqlite3

Through research I found out that someone answered–and it worked for me–the solution perfectly (sorry, I did so much research that I do not remember who or where was it):

cd project-folder sudo chown www-data .

Mind the space between www-data and the period.



I had the same problem which gave me a lot of headache but this small line of code ‘chmod a+w db.sqlite3’ performed the magic and it worked perfectly. Thank you santopolsky