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
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 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
/etc/hosts and add the following line:
Start bench using following command:
This is similar to Django’s
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
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
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.
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