uWSGI and Nginx on Debian Wheezy



Preconditions: Nginx is installed on the server.

We will set up uWSGI in emperor mode, which basically means that a uWSGI daemon will spawn a master with workers for every uWSGI application we got.

Install uWSGI

We are going to install uWSGI via pip, so we need to install:

apt-get install build-essential python python-dev python-pip

Note: If you want to run python3, use python3, python3-dev and python3-pip.

Now install the latest version through pip:

pip install uwsgi

Create a /etc directory for the uWSGI application ini files:

mkdir -p /etc/uwsgi/apps-available
mkdir -p /etc/uwsgi/apps-enabled

Now get the init script:

cd /etc/init.d
wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/kradalby/3252b8bacca6622bf864/raw/0d6d2b034284a8256c646433782ee0217b04c437/uwsgi

chmod +x uwsgi

# Make it start automatically
update-rc.d uwsgi defaults

Link to gist

Create log directory:

mkdir /var/log/uwsgi
chown -R nginx.nginx /var/log/uwsgi

Application configuration


Currently i only got Django applications running on uWSGI. Below you will find a sample config from one of my applications:

socket          = /srv/www/dfektlan.no/lanweb/dfektlan.sock
chdir           = /srv/www/dfektlan.no/lanweb
wsgi-file       = dfektlan/wsgi.py
env             = DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=dfektlan.settings
chmod-socket    = 664
home            = /srv/www/dfektlan.no/env
vacuum          = true
master          = true
processes       = 10
daemonize       = /var/log/uwsgi/dfektlan.log

Controlling uWSGI

With the provided init script you can use the Debian standard service command to control uWSGI:

Stop, start restart:

service uwsgi start
service uwsgi stop
service uwsgi restart


service uwsgi reload

# Or the send command directly
uwsgi --reload /var/run/uwsgi/uwsgi.pid

A neat feature uWSGI also has, is auto reload if a config file for an application is changed. So every time you change a .ini file which is linked to the apps-enabled directory it will reload that particular app.

Setting up a Nginx vhost with uWSGI

The first thing we will do is to define an upstream.

A Nginx upstream is a group of server/resources that can be referenced by the pass methods, like proxy, FastCGI or uwsgi. The load is distributed between the given servers using a round-robin balancing method. Parameters that can be passed can be found here

The upstream used with the uWSGI configuration above looks like this:

upstream dfektlan {
    server unix:///srv/www/dfektlan.no/lanweb/dfektlan.sock;

And then we need to define the uwsgi_pass inside a location where we want the uWSGI app to be available:

location / {
    uwsgi_pass  dfektlan;
    include     /etc/nginx/uwsgi_params;

Now restart Nginx and the application should be available.


portnap fetch update -cd /usr/ports/www/uwsgi -make install -cd /usr/ports/www/uwsgi/work/uwsgi-

get source python uwsgiconfig.py --build core PYTHON=python2.7 ./uwsgi --build-plugin "plugins/python python27" PYTHON=python3.5 ./uwsgi --build-plugin "plugins/python python35" mv pythonplugin /usr/local/lib/uwsgi/ mv uwsgi /usr/local/bin/