Quick Start

Make sure you've read What is Pinax? to get a conceptual overview of Pinax.

We strongly recommend running Pinax (or indeed, any Django) projects in a virtual environment:

pip install virtualenv
virtualenv mysiteenv
source mysiteenv/bin/activate

Once your virtual environment has been activated, install Django and use django-admin to create a new project based on the Account Pinax starter project:

pip install pinax-cli
pinax start account mysite

NOTE: The CLI method for starting a Pinax project has been added for convenience. The more manual method, using Django’s command-line utility, is also still supported. Please refer to the Quick Start Manual page for details.

Now install the requirements, initialize your database, load the default sites fixtures, and run the dev server:

cd mysite
pip install -r requirements.txt
chmod +x manage.py
./manage.py migrate
./manage.py loaddata sites
./manage.py runserver

You now have a running Django site complete with account management and bootstrap-based templates.

To add one more app you will first have to modify the requirements.txt file by adding the new app:


Make sure to install the requirements once again.

pip install -r requirements.txt

Next, you will modify the settings.py, by adding your app to the INSTALLED_APPS:


This will also be a good time to make any additional changes to settings.py if needed for the new app.

Be sure to migrate the new app:

./manage.py migrate

Next, you will modify the urls.py to contain a new url for the new app:

url(r"^myapp/", include("myapp.url")),

This will be a good time to make any adjustments to any templates if needed for the new app.