[Solved]-Django: the role of the project name


Main project name is used as a base for your namespace.

By default, you will have in settings.py line: “ROOT_URLCONF = ‘something.urls'”.

To change a project name, you need to change every single import that is referring to it.

Of course you can always use modules without ‘something’ prefix, then you must ensure that there will be no name/namespace conflict between modules. I’m using this option, because I can have same code in a few copies without additional hassle.



Late to this party, but for future reference this may help somebody. I’ve just had to change a project name because it clashed with the name of a third-part app. It’s easier to change a project name than an app name! (Django 1.11)

Folder structure

  1. If using a virtual environment in venv, generate an up to date requirements.txt with pip freeze
  2. Rename both project/ folders to newproject
  3. Change project to newproject in the python files:

manage.py, look for DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE

settings.py, look for DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE and WSGI_APPLICATION, and a comment. You can and should leave the name of the database and the database user unchanged, assuming you want to keep the data.

urls.py, in a triple-quoted string

wsgi.py, DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE plus a comment

  1. If using a virtual environment, you need to recreate it. I renamed venv to old.venv, then virtualenv-3 venv, then use pip install and the requirements file you generated at 1. Trash old.venv when sure the new one is working AOK.

  2. /path/to/project will also feature in system config files such as /etc/nginx and a .service file for gunicorn, which will need changing to /path/to/newproject.

  3. Restart the server and test. Should be working.

Now you can add an app called project to your INSTALLED_APPS!

I now know that it’s a good idea to call in-house Django projects ${my_org_name}_something, or similar, so they won’t clash with third-party apps.

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