Frappe for Django developers

Comparing Frappe commands to Django - A Frappe tutorial for Django devs

This post is part 1 of Frappe for Django developers tutorials. It compares various Frappe commands with Django commands.

What is Frappe Web Framework

Frappe is a web framework similar to Django.

Frappe applications are managed by a tool called bench. This post assumes that bench is installed. You can install bench from here.

Bench is Frappe manager. It is analogous to django-admin and manage.py.

Frappe vs Django commands

You can start a frappe project using:

bench init frappe-bench

Similar behaviour in Django is achieved using:

django-admin startproject django-project

The next step after bench init is adding a site to the bench. It can be done by issuing the following command:

bench new-site my.first

You will be prompted for your mariadb password which would look like

MySQL root password:.

Enter your mariadb password so that database for this site can be created. In frappe a new database is created for every site created using bench new-site.

bench new-site would also create an administrative user in the database. Username for this user would be Administrator and bench would prompt you to set a password. It would look like

Set Administrator password:.

Django doesn’t have an analogous command as bench new-site because by default each Django installation works with a single site. You are expected to put database configuration in Django settings.py

Edit your /etc/hosts and add the following line:

127.0.0.1   my.first

Start bench using following command:

bench start

This is similar to Django’s runserver:

python manage.py runserver

You should be able to access your site at http://my.first:8002 after issuing bench start. Navigating to this url will take you through a setup wizard. Once you complete the setup wizard, you would be redirected to /desk.

It should show you 3 tabs namely ‘Tools’, ‘Email Inbox’ and ‘Explore’.

You can create a new app using:

bench new-app meeting

Corresponding Django command for creating an app in a Django project is:

python manage.py startapp myapp

You can install app meeting on site my.second using:

bench --site my.second install-app meeting
bench --site my.third install-app library_management

Since Django is a single site setup, so we don’t have to add the app to the site.

Our next post in this series would focus on creating the Django poll application using Frappe.

Thank you for reading the Agiliq blog. This article was writen by Akshar on Jun 15, 2018 in pythondjangofrappeerpnext .

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