Gunicorn.sock files : How are they generated? Where should they be located?

Hi I’m currently trying to follow a tutorial on installing nginx with gunicorn and django. I’ve combed the web for more docs/explanation on the gunicorn.sock file, it’s contents and location.

So far all the tutorials I’ve seen include such a file, but do not explain fully their purpose. Can anyone on digital ocean shed more light on these? I’ve done a search for ‘gunicorn.sock’ on but I get the boilerplate ‘Your search did not match any documents…’

Thanks in advance :-)

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I have the same question RE *.sock files, how are they created?

The documentation here ( says you can use in terminal:


And also in the nginx config file in /etc/nginx/sites-available/whatever you called your config file (also symlinked to sites-enabled)

But this didn’t answer my question/solve my bad gateway error.

If i am running gunicorn +django app inside a docker container how will i specify this http://unix:/home/youusername/somename.sock;

you can specify the sock file you want to create with --bind flag in gunicorn --bind unix:/home/youusername/somename.sock.

In nginx you can do.

location /home/ {
        proxy_pass http://unix:/home/youusername/somename.sock;