Creation date: November, 13th 2017

Update date: November, 29th 2017




Create on AWS website an Identity and Access Management for the project (~5min)

  • Find IAM from AWS services

  • Go to the User tab

  • "Add user"

  • Give it a name and all access types

  • Attach the below "existing policies directly"

    • AmazonRDSFullAccess

    • AmazonEC2FullAccess

    • AmazonElastiCacheFullAccess

    • AmazonS3FullAccess

    • AWSElasticBeanstalkFullAccess

  • Retrieve and store somewhere safe the IAM user access and security key

Set-up your Elastic Beanstalk (EB) environment (~10min)

  • Install EB CLI:

    pip3 install awsebcli
  • Set up your EB environment, in your project root directory:

    eb init
    • Select your server location, close to where your customers will be:

      Select a default region
      1) us-east-1 : US East (N. Virginia)
      2) us-west-1 : US West (N. California)
      3) us-west-2 : US West (Oregon)
      4) eu-west-1 : EU (Ireland)
      5) eu-central-1 : EU (Frankfurt)
      6) ap-southeast-1 : Asia Pacific (Singapore)
      7) ap-southeast-2 : Asia Pacific (Sydney)
      8) ap-northeast-1 : Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
      9) sa-east-1 : South America (Sao Paulo)
      10) cn-north-1 : China (Beijing)
      (default is 3):
    • Connect to your IAM user

    • Give a general name to your instance, generally the name of the project/company, example: name_of_project-staging

    • Precise that you are using Python 3+

    • Say no to "CodeCommit"

    • Generate a new SSH Keypair that you will share with your teammates

      Check: EB should have generated a ".elasticbeanstalk" folder in your directory with your configuration

  • You can commit finally your setup

    git add .
    git commit -m "Created EB project instance"

Configure your project for EB (~15min)

  • We use cookiecutter as our base Django project at BAM, so we will use their configuration for EB:

    • Create a ".ebextensions" in your project root directory

    • Copy the EB configuration from cookie cutter repo

      • In "10_packages.config":

            git: []
            postgresql95-devel: []
            libjpeg-turbo-devel: []
            libffi: []
            libffi-devel: []
      • Copy "20_elasticcache.config", "30_options.config", "50_apache.config" and "enable_mod_deflate.conf" as is

      • Copy "40_python.config" but change the last two lines with:

          "/static/": "/staticfiles/"
  • To connect to RDS, add a database configuration to your Django config in "" or "":

    # ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    if 'RDS_DB_NAME' in os.environ:
      DATABASES = {
          'default': {
              'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2',
              'NAME': env('RDS_DB_NAME'),
              'USER': env('RDS_USERNAME'),
              'PASSWORD': env('RDS_PASSWORD'),
              'HOST': env('RDS_HOSTNAME'),
              'PORT': env('RDS_PORT'),
        DATABASES['default'] = env.db('DATABASE_URL')
  • To serve your statics from AWS, update also the Django config in "":

    # ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    STATIC_ROOT = 'staticfiles'
    STATIC_URL = '/staticfiles/'
  • You can commit your setup

    git add .
    git commit -m "Added python, django and database config and requirements files"

Deploying the application (~45min)

  • For the first time you will create the instance, hence all the necessary servers:

    eb create --scale 1 -db -db.engine postgres -db.i db.t2.micro
    • Name your environment, like: project-name-staging

    • Select the default CNAME

    • Select the classic load balancer option

    • Choose a username and password to connect to the DB

  • EB will now generate all your servers and provision your config then launch your project

  • But you might still have errors eb logs, you are missing environment variables that you can directly add to AWS website

    • On AWS website, on the top right, select the right server location (ex: London)

    • Go to Elastic Beanstalk

    • Enter your new application

    • Go to configuration

    • Modify the software configuration with variables such as:


      Check 1: You can verify on the AWS website that each server piece has been created (EB, RDS, S3, EC2) Check 2: You can access the aws.ip/admin

Create a superadmin (~10min)

Now that you have deployed once, on your host you should have the credentials for AWS (cat ~/.aws/config).

To create a super user you will have to connect directly to the machine in order to run ./ createsuperuser.

  • To ssh to your EC2 machine run eb ssh [PUT YOUR INSTANCE NAME IF NOT BY DEFAULT]

  • Then on the machine go to the root of the project:

    cd /opt/python/current
  • Add the python environment:

    source ./env
  • Run the createuser command:

    cd /app
    ./ createsuperuser

    Check: You can access the aws.ip/admin and go through now with your newly created superadmin


eb logs


eb deploy


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