Serving Django static assets on from OpenShift

  1. Create a collected_static folder during build

    Add the following to your .openshift/action_hooks/build script:

    if [ ! -d $OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR/wsgi/static/collected_static ]; then
        mkdir $OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR/wsgi/static/collected_static
  2. Correctly set up Django settings

    Make sure your STATIC_ROOT, STATIC_URL and STATICFILES_DIR settings are correctly set. They should look something like this:

    STATIC_ROOT = os.path.join(get_env_variable('OPENSHIFT_REPO_DIR'), 'wsgi', 'static', 'collected_static')
    STATIC_URL = '/static/'
        os.path.join(PROJECT_ROOT, 'static'),
  3. Set up apache mod_rewrite

    Add the following lines to your wsgi/.htaccess file:

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule ^application/site_media/(.+)$ /static/collected_static/$1 [L]
  4. Run collectstatic in deploy script

    Add the following somewhere at the end of your .openshift/action_hooks/deploy script:

    export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=your.settings.module
    echo "Executing ' collectstatic'" collectstatic --noinput --settings=$DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE

Note that the get_env_variable mentioned above is defined in the as:

from django.core.exceptions import ImproperlyConfigured

def get_env_variable(var_name):
    """ Get the environment variable or return exception """
        return os.environ[var_name]
    except KeyError:
        error_msg = "Set the %s environment variable" % var_name
        raise ImproperlyConfigured(error_msg)