Author:Etienne Robillard <>
Last modified:2017-01-23

Some quick notes on configuration for emerging-like web apps.

Basic controller configuration is now done using a ‘development.ini’ file located at the root of the project directory. In essence, this configuration file is just a plain text file with config options. The format of this file is mostly RFC-822 like


# specify default SQLite3 schema here

In addition, a quite modern web app can selectively load Django settings using a Python module. This is also maintained for backward-compatibility with Django.

% export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=myapp.settings
% edit development.ini
% ... hack hack hack ...
% bin/ runserver localhost:8000

Also, for consistency, new settings should be defined in the development.ini file instead of trying to reuse original Django settings. This strategy provides flexible configuration for WSGI applications requiring the use of additional configuration options at runtime.

Care should also be used for not overlapping Django settings with similar variables names. Likewise, its generally better to use TEMPLATE_DIRS than redefining another template_dirs options.



Here’s an example of a simple app (named myapp) configuration using the setup_all hook

from notmm.utils.configparse import setup_all
global_conf = {'debug' : True}
setup_all(__name__, global_conf)

Then, later in a view, you can access the global_conf dict instance by using a simple import statement

from myapp import global_conf
print global_conf
{'myapp' : {'debug' : True}}

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