Django web project template

Django is a high-level Python framework designed for rapid, secure, and scalable web development. Python support in Visual Studio provides a project template to set up the structure of a Django-based web application. To use the template in Visual Studio, select File > New > Project, search for "Django", and select the Django Web Project template. The resulting project includes boilerplate code as well as a default SQLite database. The Blank Django Web Project template is similar but does not include the database.

Visual Studio provides full IntelliSense for Django projects:

  • Context variables passed into the template:

    IntelliSense for context variables

  • Tagging and filtering for both built-ins and user-defined:

    IntelliSense for tags and filters

  • Syntax coloring for embedded CSS and JavaScript:

    CSS IntelliSense

    JavaScript IntelliSense

Visual Studio also provides full debugging support for Django projects:


It's typical for Django projects to be managed through their file, which is an assumption that Visual Studio follows. If you stop using that file as the entry point, you essentially break the project file. In that case you need to recreate the project from existing files without marking it as a Django project.

Django management console

The Django management console is accessed through various commands on the Project menu or by right-clicking the project in Solution Explorer.

  • Open Django Shell...: opens a shell in your application context that enables you to manipulate your models"


  • Django Sync DB: executes syncdb in an interactive window:


  • Collect Static: executes collectstatic --noinput to copy all the static files to the path specified by STATIC_ROOT in your Note that when publishing to Microsoft Azure, static files are automatically collected as part of the publish operation.


  • Validate: executes validate, which reports any validation errors in the installed models specified by INSTALLED_APPS in your