Django + nginx + gunicorn - Media Files Not Working

March 22, 2019 2.5k views
Deployment Nginx Django Ubuntu 16.04

Hello, I have deployed a Django project on Ubuntu 16.04 with Nginx and Gunicorn. I have gotten everything, including the static files but my media files will not serve properly.

MEDIA_URL = '/media/'

MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'media')

In my project I allow users to upload a file through a Model, which gets passed into a ModelForm and the code for the model field is below.

resume_upload = models.FileField(blank=False, upload_to='resumes', null=True, validators=[FileExtensionValidator(allowed_extensions=['pdf']), validate_file_size])

What I have listed in /etc/nginx/sites-available/ is

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name ;

    location = /favicon.ico { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
    location /static/ {
        root /home/syed/btawebsite;

    location = /media/ {
        root /home/syed/btawebsite;

    location / {
        include proxy_params;
        proxy_pass http://unix:/home/syed/myproject.sock;

I would like go on the admin, click on the uploaded file and be able to view the file in the browser. Anyone have any ideas on how I can achieve this? I have verified through using the terminal and looking through the directories that the files are in fact adding to ~btawebsite/media/resumes but I am unable to view them when I click the admin url.

When I click on that url I get an error:

Not Found
The requested resource was not found on this server.

1 Answer


I think it may be the trailing slashes. Try changing this:

    location /static/ {
        root /home/syed/btawebsite;

To this:

    location /static {
        root /home/syed/btawebsite;


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