1. You need an IDE

You can choose whatever IDE you like. For remote Python debugging to work you need an IDE which supports debugpy or pydevd, like VS Code or PyCharm.

2. Start a project with Django

Start a new Django-based project as you like.

Be sure to check out the specifically created cookiecutter template django-hurricane-template. With that, you can run

cookiecutter gh:Blueshoe/django-hurricane-template

and you’ll get a Hurricane-based project layout created for you. In that case, you can head over straight to point 5.

3. Install Hurricane to your environment

Hurricane can be installed from Python Package Index with

pip3 install django-hurricane

4. Add it to your INSTALLED_APPS

Add “hurricane” to your INSTALLED_APPS:


5. Start coding

You can run a development server exactly the same way you would run the production server. It is realized with a Django management command:

python manage.py serve --autoreload --static

That will start a Tornado-based web server that hot-reloads your code upon changes. It will serve your static and media files, too.

For detailed configuration parameters please refer to the documentation of Hurricane's application server.

6. Test your application in Kubernetes

In order to run your fancy new application in Kubernetes you will need workload manifests. You can write them yourself or generate them from our specifically prepared cookiecutter Helm charts template hurricane-based-helm-template. Just run the following command, answer the questions accordingly and you will get ready-to-go Helm charts:

cookiecutter gh:Blueshoe/hurricane-based-helm-template

Go on and select your favorite Kubernetes-distributon for development. Besides others, k3d works very well. Be sure to have Helm installed and go on with:

helm install my-release <app-name>/

That’s it. You can now hand over everything to production, relax and let Kubernetes operate your Django application (almost) hassle-free.