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Deploying a Django App from GitHub to Google App Engine


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How to set up Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment for a Django Application from GitHub to App Engine

In this blog post we’re gonna deploy a Django application from a GitHub repository to App Engine using Codeship. Before we get started you might also want to take a short look at our documentation article on deployment to Google App Engine.

Sign up for a free Codeship Account

We’ve set up a simple Django application called codefish which contains some tests. We’ll use screenshots of this application in this blog post. If you haven’t got an own project to set up but you want to follow along on your computer, just fork the repository.

codefish-django-appengine on GitHub

Together, we’re gonna deploy this application to App Engine using the Codeship.

The Codeship Landing Page

First, sign in to the Codeship with GitHub. The Codeship needs access to your GitHub repositories to be able to set them up. Let’s allow access.

GitHub Access

We’re back at the Codeship. Now let’s create your first project.

Let's set up our first project on the Codeship

The first step of your project setup is to select GitHub as your repository provider.

Select your repository provider

In the list of your GitHub repositories

Search for your repository in the list

search for the repository you want to set up and select it. In my case I search for “codefish”.

Find your repository in the filtered list

Now your repository is connected and you can set up your test commands:

Set up your test commands

Codefish is a Django application. Therefore let’s choose “Python” as your technology. This prepopulates the setup commands and the test commands for you.

Select Django as your technology

For my application I don’t use a database, so I leave the setup commands as they are. If you want to run the syncdb or the migrate command for your application, just uncomment the commands by removing the # in front of them.

If you want to run your tests with python test, you don’t need to change the test commands. Otherwise just enter your own test commands.

Django test commands

Now let’s finish your setup and go to the dashboard.

Finish your setup. You are on the Dashboard now

You can trigger a build for your application by pushing to your repository. Let’s add the Codeship status image to the README file. I use markdown syntax to insert the image.

Copy the code for the Codeship status badge to your README file

Now commit and push this change.

Commit and push your change

This triggered a new build on the Codeship.

A new build got triggered on the Codeship

You can access the build details by clicking the arrow on the right. Here you can follow the running build.

Click on the arrow to the right to access the build details

And a few seconds later your build succeeded! Great!

Look at all the commands that are running

You see all the commands that were run. After a few initial preparation commands the Codeship ran the commands that you specified a few moments ago.

You can inspect the output of a single command by clicking on it. For the codefish application, we can see that two tests were run.

Look at the log of a single command by clicking on it

You’ve already pushed to your repository, watched your build log and got a green build. So you can finish the assistant at the top.

Finish the setup wizard by clicking on the click to finish button

Now let’s deploy your application to App Engine. Go to your project settings by clicking on the settings icon in the projects dropdown.

Go to your project settings by clicking on the settings icon in the projects dropdown

You are on the Testing Setup screen now

Then navigate to the “Deployment” section.

You are on the Deployment Setup screen now

As we want to deploy to App Engine we click on the “App Engine” button.

Click on the App Engine button

Before you can configure your App Engine deployment, you need to connect your App Engine account to Codeship by clicking the “Connect to App Engine” link.

App Engine OAuth dialog

Let’s accept the connection.

When you select “App Engine” again now, you can configure your deployment.

Empty App Engine deployment

You can leave the path as it is, but if you’d like the Codeship to check if your deployment worked, you should insert the URL of your application.

So if you haven’t already, let’s create your application at now.

App Engine home page

There you need to enter an identifier for your app (in my case “my-codefish”) and a title (in my case “Codefish”) and create the application.

Creating an App Engine app

You can enter your application URL into your deployment configuration.

Copy and paste the App Engine API key to the Codeship

Now save your deployment by clicking on the green checkmark on the right.

Save your deployment configuration by clicking on the green checkmark

From now on the Codeship will deploy your application to App Engine everytime you push to your GitHub repository.

Let’s get your application ready for App Engine by creating a file app.yml in the root directory of your application. In this configuration file you tell App Engine your web application’s identifier (in my case “my-codefish”) and that it is a python app.

App engine also requires a version and an api_version parameter, which you can both set to “1”. And finally add a handler for all urls to be handled by your app boot script, in my case


Now you can commit and push this change

Commit and push App Engine config

And immediately another build will start running on the Codeship. Let’s go back to your project overview.

Go back to the project overview to see a new running build

After the commands we already know from your first build, your application also gets deployed to App Engine now.

After some initial commands were run your application gets deployed

And about 2 minutes later your application is online.

After about 2 minutes your application is online

When you open the URL of your App Engine app now, your deployed application appears. You can find mine on

Have a look at the app you just deployed

If you need help with setting up your own application, please use the support link in the top-right corner or please tweet us @codeship!

If you need help please click the support link in the top-right corner or tweet us @codeship

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