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How to configure Apache server with Django for deployment on Virtual Machine

im currently trying to deploy my django project to a web server hosted by a RHEL-8 VM. Im trying to set up the VM to utilize HTTPD (apache). However, i can’t seem to get the Virtual Host configuration files right. I am pretty new to django and web servers as this is my first time deploying a web server. As such, i have been trying to do this for quite some time now and nothing online seems to work. As of recently i have tried more or less following this tutorial https://computingforgeeks.com/deploy-python-3-django-application-on-centos-with-apache-and-mod-wsgi/ on getting it deployed. As such, here is the code i have added into /etc/httpd/conf.d/django.conf:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerAdmin info@awesomedjango.com
        ServerName awesomedjango.com
        DocumentRoot /var/www/

        Alias /static /var/www/awesomedjango/static
        <Directory "/var/www/awesomedjango/static">
                Options FollowSymLinks
                Order allow,deny
                Allow from all
                Require all granted
        </Directory>

        ErrorLog /var/www/awesomedjango/logs/apis_error.log
        CustomLog /var/www/awesomedjango/logs/apis_access.log combined

        WSGIPassAuthorization On
        WSGIDaemonProcess awesomedjango python-path=/var/www/awesomedjango:/var/www/awesomedjango/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages
        WSGIProcessGroup awesomedjango
        WSGIScriptAlias / /var/www/awesomedjango/v/wsgi.py

        <Directory /var/www/awesomedjango/awesomedjango>
                <Files wsgi.py>
                        Require all granted
                </Files>
        </Directory>
</VirtualHost>

But when i try to restart apache to apply this via ‘’’ apachectl restart ‘’', i just receive these errors:

  • httpd.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
  • httpd.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’.
  • Failed to start The Apache HTTP Server.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as i cant seem to find a solution to my problem online. Thanks

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SOLVED: Errors lied within SELinux. I had to give fix up selinux policies for my project. Have a look at this thread for more detail: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/50639/httpd-cant-write-to-folder-file-because-of-selinux

Hi there @abartlett1206,

Usually, after making any changes to your Apache config, I would recommend first running Apache config test before restarting the service:

  1. apachectl -t

And then only if you get Syntax OK proceed with the Apache restart.

I think that the problem might be that the mod_wsgi enabled is not enabled.

I would recommend following the steps from this tutorial here on how to configure your Apache service:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-serve-django-applications-with-apache-and-mod_wsgi-on-centos-7#configure-apache

If this still does not work, feel free to share the output of the config test command and the last few lines from your Apache error log.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby