PyCharm 2024.1 Help


Enable the Django plugin

This functionality relies on the Django plugin, which is bundled and enabled in PyCharm by default. If the relevant features aren't available, make sure that you didn't disable the plugin.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and then select Plugins.

  2. Open the Installed tab, find the Django plugin, and select the checkbox next to the plugin name.

Use this page to configure Django support for each of the projects opened in the same window.

Projects pane




This pane displays the list of projects, opened in the same window. The first project in the list is the primary project.

Django support pane



Enable Django support

The default state of this checkbox depends on the project type. For the empty projects, Django support is disabled. For the Django projects it is enabled by default; you can clear this checkbox if required. In this case, the other fields become unavailable.

Django project root

By default, this field shows the directory that contains all project files. If required, you can specify a different location.


Click the browse button to select the desired settings file.

Use one of the following approaches:

  • This can be any file with the name matching *settings*.py, located under the Django project root.

  • Point to any Python package and store settings in

    This latter approach is useful when you want to split settings to several modules and import them.

By default, PyCharm shows the file, located in the Python package directory of your Django project.

Do not use Django test runner

By default, this checkbox is not selected. You can select it if you want to use any of the alternative test runners specified in the PyCharm Integrated Tools dialog window (File | Settings | Tools | Python Integrated Tools for Windows and Linux and PyCharm | Settings | Tools | Python Integrated Tools for macOS). tasks

Manage script

Specify here the desired file for the current project.

By default, PyCharm shows the file, located under the Django project root. Click the Browse button to select the desired manage file from the file system.

Environment variables

Specify here the environment variables to be passed to the script.

Folder pattern to track file

Specify here folder names separated with colons. If needed, you can use Glob-style wildcards. Django only pulls and adds to VCS files matched by this pattern.

Show structure

Click this button to show the structure of a Django project:

Project structure

The users are advised to look into this window to see whether the Django project structure is correct.

Last modified: 28 March 2024