Welcome to our guide on how to Install Pip3 and Django on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04|16.04 LTS. Django is a free and open source high-level Python Web framework designed to encourage rapid Web development without the need to reinvent the wheel. Pip is a package management system used to install and manage software packages written in Python.

This guide will take you through the steps to install Pip3 & Django on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04|16.04 LTS systems. This works for both Desktop and server installations.

Step 1: Install Python3 and Pip3

Your Ubuntu system should come with Python 3, if it doesn’t have it, install by running the commands below on your terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt -y install python3 python3-pip

Step 2: Install Django on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04|16.04

The easiest and quickest way to Install Django on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04|16.04 LTS is via pip3.

Check your Python version:

$ python3 -V
Python 3.6.6

Check installed pip3 version:

$ pip3 -V
pip 9.0.1 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages (python 3.6)

Download and install Django on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04|16.04:

pip3 install --user Django

For global installation, use:

sudo pip3 install Django

The installation of Django will give you django-admin command to manage Projects,

$ which django-admin

If ~/.local/bin/ is not in your PATH, add it like below:

vim ~/.bashrc


export PATH=$PATH:~/.local/bin/

Source the bashrc file

source ~/.bashrc

Check django-admin version using:

$ django-admin --version

Step 3: Create a test Django Application

Create a Django test application by running

mkdir projects
cd projects
django-admin startproject test_app
cd test_app

test_app is the name of our Django Project.

Apply pending migrations

$ python3 manage.py migrate
Operations to perform:
  Apply all migrations: admin, auth, contenttypes, sessions
Running migrations:
  Applying contenttypes.0001_initial... OK
  Applying auth.0001_initial... OK
  Applying admin.0001_initial... OK
  Applying admin.0002_logentry_remove_auto_add... OK
  Applying admin.0003_logentry_add_action_flag_choices... OK
  Applying contenttypes.0002_remove_content_type_name... OK
  Applying auth.0002_alter_permission_name_max_length... OK
  Applying auth.0003_alter_user_email_max_length... OK
  Applying auth.0004_alter_user_username_opts... OK
  Applying auth.0005_alter_user_last_login_null... OK
  Applying auth.0006_require_contenttypes_0002... OK
  Applying auth.0007_alter_validators_add_error_messages... OK
  Applying auth.0008_alter_user_username_max_length... OK
  Applying auth.0009_alter_user_last_name_max_length... OK
  Applying sessions.0001_initial... OK

Step 4: Create an Admin Account

Create a Django project superuser account by running the following commands from your Django application directory.

$ python3 manage.py createsuperuser
Username (leave blank to use 'jmutai'): admin
Email address: [email protected]
Password (again): 
Superuser created successfully.

Input your admin username, email address, and password.

Step 5: Allow external access to the Django web application (Optional)

Note that by default Django doesn’t allow external access to the application, you need to explicitly define an ACL.

vim test_app/settings.py

Edit the lineALLOWED_HOSTS to whitelist your Computer IP or LAN subnet.


You can now  start Django application server:

$ python3 manage.py runserver
Performing system checks...

System check identified no issues (0 silenced).
November 10, 2018 - 12:08:27
Django version 2.1.3, using settings 'test_app.settings'
Starting development server at
Quit the server with CONTROL-C.

If you open the URL http://[server IP/hostname]:8080 you should see a successful message like below:

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Django Administration page is available on :8080/admin

install django fedora 29 fedora 28 admin page

Login with created username and password:

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The admin page allows you to add other users, add groups, change password e.t.c. It looks like below:

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You now have Django Framework installed on your Ubuntu 20.04|18.04|16.04 LTS system.

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