6. Add and configure media storage¶
Each cloud environment can have its own media storage running on a service such as S3 or MS Azure, and is provided with
a DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN variable containing details of how and where files are stored, and
the URL from which they can be retrieved. Django can be configured to access the media storage of each environment by
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN to determine Django’s
6.1. Create the media storage¶
6.1.1. For the cloud environments¶
In the same way that you did for the database earlier, in the project’s Services view, add an Object storage instance. This will provide S3 storage for the project. Deploy the environment, or manually select Provision from the services options menu. The service will be provisioned for the project and the environment variable will be applied.
Locally, the most convenient way to work with media files is using local storage. You could use any directory in your
local project, but since the Divio CLI will expect to find media files in
/data, we will use that. We will
configure the local set-up so that media files can be:
retrieved via the URL path
We can configure the storage system for this with the
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN variable in
For convenience, we should expose the container’s
/data directory so you can see the files in it. In
docker-compose.yml, add (make sure you’re editing the
web service, not
services: web: [...] volumes: - ".:/app:rw" - "./data:/data:rw"
And since media files should not be committed to the codebase, edit
# Divio [...] /data
6.2. Use the environment variable in our settings¶
The next task is to configure Django’s
DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE setting. We need Django to parse the
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN variable that contains the connection details and select the appropriate backend accordingly.
For this, we’ll use the
django-storage-url library, which needs to be added to
requirements.txt. We also need to install
boto3, the Python storage backend that will handle files in the project’s S3 cloud storage:
Rebuild the image once more to include the new package.
from django_storage_url import dsn_configured_storage_class [...] # Media files # DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE is configured using DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN # read the setting value from the environment variable DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN = os.environ.get('DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN') # dsn_configured_storage_class() requires the name of the setting DefaultStorageClass = dsn_configured_storage_class('DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN') # Django's DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE requires the class name DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE = 'myapp.settings.DefaultStorageClass'
We read the
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSNenvironment variable value into the setting
DefaultStorageClassis defined using the setting.
Finally that class is used in the
Now when Django needs to handle media files, it can delegate the task to the appropriate backend, as defined by the
DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE refers to.
DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE both require the name of the value, rather
than the value itself, which is why this looks a little long-winded.)
6.3. Configure local file storage serving¶
When using cloud storage, media files will be served directly by the external cloud storage service, at the URL
provided in its DSN - nothing further needs to be configured. To serve files from local storage, we can use
Django’s own file serving functionality. It needs to be
configured to recognise the media URL path (
/media/) and to locate the media root directory of the files
First, set the Django settings
MEDIA_ROOT to match the values in the
MEDIA_URL = 'media/' MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join('/data/media/')
And then add a new pattern to
from django.conf import settings from django.conf.urls.static import static urlpatterns = [ path('admin/', admin.site.urls), ] if settings.DEBUG: urlpatterns.extend(static(settings.MEDIA_URL, document_root=settings.MEDIA_ROOT))
As the Django documentation notes, this is not for production use, but in any case, it will only work when Django is in debug mode, so it’s ideal for local development.
6.4. Test file storage and serving configuration¶
This is a good point at which to test that your local and cloud file storage both work correctly. We’ll create a very simple Django application in the project that saves uploaded files to storage.
Create the new application in the project:
docker-compose run web python manage.py startapp uploader
Add a new model to
from django.db import models class UploadedFile(models.Model): file = models.FileField()
Wire it up to the admin in
from django.contrib import admin from uploader.models import UploadedFile admin.site.register(UploadedFile)
Add it to
INSTALLED_APPS = [ [...] 'uploader', ]
And create and run migrations:
docker-compose run web python manage.py makemigrations uploader docker-compose run web python manage.py migrate uploader
6.4.1. Test local media storage¶
Now when you start the project again with
docker-compose up, you can go to the admin and try uploading a file .
Once you have saved it in the admin, you should be able to verify that it has been saved in the filesystem at
/data/media, that Django shows its URL path in
/media/ in the admin interface, and finally, that by selecting
the link to the file in the admin it opens correctly in your browser.
6.4.2. Test cloud media storage¶
You can also check that it will work with the cloud storage values, and will actually store and serve files from the S3 object storage instance. You can do this locally. Stop the application, and use:
divio project env-vars -s test --all --get DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN
to get the value of the
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN from the cloud test environment. (If you don’t get a value, check in
the Services view of the project that it has been provisioned.) In your
.env-local, temporarily apply this
value as the
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN, replacing the existing one. Launch the application once more, and run the test
above again, uploading and saving a file. This time, you should find that the saved file is now served from the
external media server.
The final test is to try it all in the cloud.
DEFAULT_STORAGE_DSN to its local value (
file:///data/media/?url=%2Fmedia%2F). Now, commit all your
code changes in the usual way and push them.
Finally deploy the changes and push your local media and database to the cloud:
divio project deploy divio project push media divio project push db
You should find all your media and database content in the cloud environment now, and you should be able to use the admin interface to upload new files too.