Build Web App with Python


Build up your own web app with Python + AWS

AWS Configuration

Recommended software:

  • WinSCP: Use this to move files between local and server.
  • PuTTY: Use .pem file to generate .pkk file, which is easier to login with.
  • Git Bash: Run scripts.


  • Launch a new instance, choose viture machine, here I used ubuntu 14.04 AMI. You will get a xxx.pem file after registration, keep it in a safe place, this file is the key for login, and you can not download it again if you lose it
  • Under Network & Security –> Security Groups –> Inbound , remenber to open port 80 by adding a new rule(Type: TCP, Port:80), cause my app use port 80 fot listening
  • Both IP and DNS address will change after each restarts, so we should use elastic IP address (TO DO)
  • Register RDS service, put database on RDS instead of server(TO DO)

Sever Configuration

If you are using Ubuntu, make sure you have installed the following( Use sudo apt-get install openssh-server):

  • openssh-server: SSH service
  • gunicorn: support gevent, WSGI Server
  • Nginx: Web Server
  • python-gevent: convert code to asyn version
  • python-jinja2
  • python-mysql.connector
  • python-mysql.connector
  • Mysql Server and Client

It is a liitle bit tricky installing MySQL on Ubuntu, try to use the command below:

sudo apt-get purge mysql-client-core-5.6
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get install mysql-client-core-5.5
sudo apt-get install mysql-server 
  • supervisor: linux process management tool,it will restart the process if the process is aborted accidentally

Nginx Configuration

Put this file under /etc/nginx/sites-available

server {
    listen      80;

    root       /srv/awesome/www;
    access_log /srv/awesome/log/access_log;
    error_log  /srv/awesome/log/error_log;

    server_name you.server.address;

    client_max_body_size 1m;

    gzip            on;
    gzip_min_length 1024;
    gzip_buffers    4 8k;
    gzip_types      text/css application/x-javascript application/json;

    sendfile on;

    location /favicon.ico {
        root /srv/awesome/www;

    location ~ ^\/static\/.*$ {
        root /srv/awesome/www;

    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

then run,

$ sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/awesome .
$ sudo /etc/init.d/nginx reload

Logfile is under /var/log/supervisor


Local Test: use


If port 9000 is occupied, use

netstat -ano
netstat -aon|findstr "9000"
tasklist|findstr "4524"
taskkill /f  /t  /im QQ.exe

to release this port 9000.


fab build
fab deploy

to rebuild and deploy, see details at