I'm new to virtualenv but I'm writting django app and finally I will have to deploy it somehow.
So lets assume I have my app working on my local virtualenv where I installed all the required libraries. What I want to do now, is to run some kind of script, that will take my virtualenv, check what's installed inside and produce a script that will install all these libraries on fresh virtualenv on other machine. How this can be done? Please help.
You don't copy paste your virtualenv. You export the list of all the packages installed like -
pip freeze > requirements.txt
Then push the
requirements.txt file to anywhere you want to deploy the code, and then just do what you did on dev machine -
$ virtualenv <env_name> $ source <env_name>/bin/activate (<env_name>)$ pip install -r path/to/requirements.txt
And there you have all your packages installed with the exact version.
You can also look into Fabric to automate this task, with a function like this -
def pip_install(): with cd(env.path): with prefix('source venv/bin/activate'): run('pip install -r requirements.txt')
You can install virtualenvwrapper and try cpvirtualenv, but the developers advise caution here:
Copying virtual environments is not well supported. Each virtualenv has path information hard-coded into it, and there may be cases where the copy code does not know it needs to update a particular file. Use with caution.
I haven't tested this out enough yet, but I'll update here after I know how well (or poorly) this works.