Django Development Server with HTTPS

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xster
Jun 5, 2012 · 2 min read

Sometimes you can’t avoid using HTTPS right starting from development (such as for developing Facebook canvas applications). You can setup Apache on your local machine and go through a bunch of trouble setting up your domain and setting up the certificate etc but there’s an easy way of using Django’s python manage.py runserver to work with HTTPS.

This can be done with stunnel that lets the Facebook server and stunnel on your machine communicate in SSL and stunnel turns around to communicate with Python in HTTP. First install stunnel. For instance in Mac OS X:

brew install stunnel

Then you need to create a settings file for stunnel to execute. You can create a text file anywhere. For instance, you can create dev_https and input:

pid=
cert=/usr/local/etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem
foreground=yes
debug=7

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