These instructions assume familiarity with virtual environments and the Django web framework. For more detailed instructions, see Your first Wagtail site. To add Wagtail to an existing Django project, see Integrating Wagtail into a Django project.
Dependencies needed for installation¶
Run the following commands in a virtual environment of your choice:
pip install wagtail
Once installed, Wagtail provides a
wagtail start command to generate a new project:
wagtail start mysite
Running the command creates a new folder
mysite, which is a template containing everything you need to get started.
More information on this template is available in
the project template reference.
mysite folder, run the setup steps necessary for any Django project:
pip install -r requirements.txt
python manage.py migrate
python manage.py createsuperuser
python manage.py runserver
Your site is now accessible at
http://localhost:8000, with the admin backend available at
This sets you up with a new stand-alone Wagtail project. If you want to add Wagtail to an existing Django project instead, see Integrating Wagtail into a Django project.
There are a few optional packages that are not installed by default. You can install them to improve performance or add features to Wagtail. These optional packages include:
Common quick install issues¶
Python is not available in
> command not found: python
For detailed guidance, see this guide on how to add Python to your path.
python3 not available¶
python3 -m pip install --upgrade pip
> command not found: python3
If this error occurs, the
python3 can be replaced with