How to run Django on Apache using Windows 10, Virtualenv Python and mod_wsgi.

Published Jul 20208 min read


In this guide we will cover the deployment of a Django project in Apache using Windows 10 and the required compilation of the mod_wsgi module.

This article will take for granted:
  • You have a Windows computer ready with administrator permissions.
  • Basic knowledge of Python, pip package manager and virtualenv to create virtual environments.
  • You already have a Django project, as this article is not intended to explain the configuration or creation of a Django application.
  • You are familiar with the basic administration of Apache, as this tutorial will only cover the simple installation of the server itself and the configuration changes necessary to pair Django with Apache.


Install Python

For this guide we will use Python version 3.8.3, which can be downloaded here.

Be sure to install the corresponding one for your system based on its bits 64 or 32 (x86), you can find out the bits of your system by right-clicking on start and clicking on System, and reading the information under the device specifications.

In installation options select add python to PATH and install launcher for all users.

Install Python Virtual Environment

Create a python virtual environment in the main root of the Django project.

virtualenv "D:\path\to\project-root\venv"
Install Apache

We will use the Apache 2.4 version of the lounge page, downloadable from here.

Extract the ZIP file to the root of the C:/ drive, so that this result is obtained C:/Apache24.

Install Microsoft Build Tools

In Windows it is necessary to compile the mod_wsgi module to be able to use it and for this it is necessary to have Microsoft Build Tools installed.

Installation requires about 4 gigabytes and you can download the installer here.

Screenshot of the configuration required during installation.
Install mod_wsgi

Installation of the mod_wsgi model and its configuration using Apache's WSGIDaemonProcess method available on Linux is not compatible with Windows. Windows expects mod_wsgi to be compiled using Microsoft Build Tools.

Because of this it is necessary to follow these steps from a CMD:

    _ROOTDIR as environment variable
    set "MOD_WSGI_APACHE_ROOTDIR=C:\Apache24"
  • Activate python virtual environment
  • Install mod_wsgi module into the virtual environment
    pip install mod_wsgi
  • Copy the output to get the configuration required by Apache
    mod_wsgi-express module-config
  • Install all the library dependencies of the Django project
    pip install module-name
    Or get a requirements file with pip freeze > requirements.txt and then install it with
    pip install -r requirements.txt
  • Deactivate the virtual environment


  • Python virtual environments do not include dll files and at least one of these files is a dependency for the Apache configuration. It is possible to manually copy the required dll file into the project-root\venv\Scripts folder from the Python installation folder which is usually located at %username%\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38. The main file to copy is python39.dll and optionally all the other dll that are next to it and all the contents of the Programs\Python\Python38\DLLs folder.
  • Edit the host file at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc by adding this line to the bottom
  • Update the list of allowed hosts for the application in
    ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['', '']
  • Update the Django projects file to look like the following.
    import os
    import sys
    from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
    from pathlib import Path
    # Add project directory to the sys.path
    path_home = str(Path(__file__).parents[1])
    if path_home not in sys.path:
    os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'main.settings'
    application = get_wsgi_application()
  • Fix a Python bug that causes an error 500 every time a query is made to the database.
    Edit the file in project-root\venv\Lib\site-packages\asgiref by adding the following.
    # PATCH that fix a Python Bug:
    import sys
    import asyncio
    if sys.platform == "win32" and sys.version_info >= (3, 8, 0):
  • Set up Apache by modifying the httpd.conf file at C:\Apache24\conf, adding at the end everything that follows but replacing the directories with those on your system.
    LoadFile "S:/path/to/project-root/venv/Scripts/python38.dll"
    LoadModule wsgi_module "S:/path/to/project-root/venv/lib/site-packages/mod_wsgi/server/mod_wsgi.cp38-win_amd64.pyd"
    WSGIPythonHome "C:/Users/User-name/AppData/Local/Programs/Python/Python38"
    WSGIPythonPath "S:/path/to/project-root/venv/Lib/site-packages"
    <VirtualHost *:80>
    WSGIScriptAlias / "S:/path/to/project-root/project-name/"
      <Directory "S:/path/to/project-root/project-name">
          Require all granted
    Alias /static/ "S:/path/to/project-root/static/"
      <Directory "S:/path/to/project-root/static">
        Require all granted
    ErrorLog "S:/path/to/project-root/logs/apache.error.log"
    CustomLog "S:/path/to/project-root/logs/apache.custom.log" common
  • Check the syntax of the apache configuration files.
    "C:\Apache24\bin\httpd.exe" -t
  • Run the Apache server.
    "C:\Apache24\bin\httpd.exe" -k start
  • Check the Django application from the browser by visiting
  • If any module is missing, it is recommended to use this command to make sure it is installed in the Python home given to Apache.
    pip install --target="C:/Users/User-name/AppData/Local/Programs/Python/Python38" library-name

Congratulations, you have successfully deployed your application. In case you have had any problems, you can check the log files or leave a comment below and I will try to reply as soon as possible. Best regards.