i cant get litespeed django venv to wrok .

I am using the Django OpenLiteSpeed One-Click app. I can’t get OpenLiteSpeed beyond the example site.

I get 503 or it just keeps loading. In the log I get: Fatal Python error: Py_Initialize: Unable to get the locale encoding ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘encodings’

All I need to do to break it is set the example to use Mysql.

If you change back to sqllite3 it works fine. I know it work because if i use the django test server “python runserver” so the venv is setup correctly.

I have tried adding to the context: PYTHONHOME=/usr/local/lsws/Example/venv/ LS_PYTHONBIN=/usr/local/lsws/Example/venv/bin/python Any Ideas?

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Hi @haujo01 @healthzoneriyadh @bgv ,

I have updated the doc FAQ here in case you need more information.

For some reason you got 500/503, also No module named ‘encodings’ cases, please try updating the environment variable via Web Admin > Virtual Hosts > Context like below:

  • Ubuntu 18:
  • Ubuntu 20:

Let us know if you need any help.

Best, Eric


It’s been a while so I tried to setup mysql with OLS Django again, and it still works.

Here’s my steps.

  1. Launch OpenLiteSpeed Django Image
  2. Active virtual environment by command
source /usr/local/lsws/Example/html/bin/activate
  1. Follow DigitalOcean guide to
  • Install packages
apt install mysql-server -y
apt install python3-dev libmysqlclient-dev default-libmysqlclient-dev -y
pip3 install mysqlclient
  • Create the Database
sudo mysql -u root

CREATE USER 'djangouser'@'%' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'password';
GRANT ALL ON blog_data.* TO 'djangouser'@'%';
  • Edit django DB settings
    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.mysql',
        'OPTIONS': {
            'read_default_file': '/etc/mysql/my.cnf',
  • Create MySQL credentials
nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf
database = blog_data
user = djangouser
password = password
default-character-set = utf8
  • Reload DB
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart mysql
  • Apply changes to Django
python3 migrate

We can try to verify the mysql DB

  1. mv db.sqlite3 to other place

  2. Create superuser

python3 createsuperuser

Now you should see an entry generated under blog_data.auth_user

I have this exact same problem.

It specifically has to do with the PYTHON environment. When I remove that it works fine. When I keep it in, it doesn’t.

Any progress on a solution? It’s been over a year!