This is a Django app that provides helpers for serving static files.
For small projects, this isn’t a big deal, because you can just keep the media somewhere your web server can find it. However, in bigger projects – especially those comprised of multiple apps – dealing with the multiple sets of static files provided by each application starts to get tricky.
That’s what staticfiles is for: it collects static files from each of your applications (and any other places you specify) into a single location that can easily be served in production.
The main website for django-staticfiles is github.com/jezdez/django-staticfiles where you can also file tickets.
django-staticfiles was added to Django 1.3 as a contrib app.
The django-staticfiles 0.3.X series will only receive security and data los bug fixes after the release of django-staticfiles 1.0. Any Django 1.2.X project using django-staticfiles 0.3.X and lower should be upgraded to use either Django 1.3’s staticfiles app or django-staticfiles >= 1.0 to profit from the new features and stability.
You may want to chose to use django-staticfiles instead of Django’s own staticfiles app since any new feature (additionally to those backported from Django) will be released first in django-staticfiles.
Use your favorite Python packaging tool to install staticfiles from PyPI, e.g.:
pip install django-staticfiles
You can also install the in-development version of django-staticfiles with pip install django-staticfiles==dev.
Added "staticfiles" to your INSTALLED_APPS setting:
INSTALLED_APPS = [ # ... "staticfiles", ]
Set your STATIC_URL setting to the URL that handles serving static files:
STATIC_URL = "/static/"
In development mode (when DEBUG = True) the runserver command will automatically serve static files:
python manage.py runserver
Once you are ready to deploy all static files of your site in a central directory (STATIC_ROOT) to be served by a real webserver (e.g. Apache, Cherokee, Lighttpd, Nginx etc.), use the collectstatic management command:
python manage.py collectstatic
See the webserver’s documentation for descriptions how to setup serving the deployment directory (STATIC_ROOT).
(optional) In case you use Django’s admin app, make sure the ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX setting is set correctly to a subpath of STATIC_URL:
ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX = STATIC_URL + "admin/"
Features of django-staticfiles which Django’s staticfiles doesn’t support:
See the Settings docs for more information.