First install Django CMS QE and all needed packages. Just install it from PyPI (or similarly with

pip install django-cms-qe

And then install all needed C dependencies. For example for Debian-like systems:

apt-get install \
        libffi-dev # Library for passwords hashing (is using for Argon2) \
        zlib1g-dev libjpeg-dev libfreetype6-dev python-dev # Install graphic libraries for captcha

If you are developing library, you can use shortcut with our Makefile:

make prepare-dev

Creating new Django app

There is nothing special. Just create your new web app as you want. The minimal working example you can find in directory example. You just need to include base URLs, minimal script generated by Django and include base settings where you should provide your specific settings like ROOT_URLCONF, WSGI_APPLICATION, STATIC_ROOT, MEDIA_ROOT or DATABASES. For working outside dev environment also don’t forget to set SECURE_KEY, ALLOWED_HOSTS and other settings needed for production use.

Example of minimal configuration:


ROOT_URLCONF = 'example.urls'
WSGI_APPLICATION = 'example.wsgi.application'

BASE_DIR = os.path.join(os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__)), '..')
STATIC_ROOT = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'static')
MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'media')

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
        'NAME': os.path.join(BASE_DIR, '..', 'db.sqlite3'),


To be able to override base templates, it’s good idea to put your app at the first position of INSTALLED_APPS settings because templates are searched by order of apps.

If you are using boilerplates (by default it is and by default is used Bootstrap boilerplate), then you have to override boilerplate template instead of basic one. More on that topic at Templates.


You can do it as you are used to to do it. But you are building app so it’s good idea to distribute it as app. For example as Debian (or other) package. Problem is that not all Python libraries are available as Debian package which can be solved by deploying app in virtualenv with all needed packages with tool dh_virtualenv.