Django + Celery & Rabbit - part one

Posted on Fri 26 February 2016

Hello, today post is first one in series about Celery in Django application and how to use it.

What you gain after reading such series?

How to integrate celery + rabbitmq in basic Django application.

So what will be our basic application?

It is planned to be web service where you can upload mp3 file and then have them transcoded into ogg, wav and ac3 files. I wanted to make easy and in the same time sophisticated project.

Recently I started reading an excellent book called Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.8. The book is about what to do and what not to do for your Django project. I feel some opportunity to try advice from the book in real project. I will start from project layout: normally you have something like this:

$ tree trancoder

├── audiotranscoder
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   ├── migrations
│   │   └──
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   └──
└── trancoder
    └── trancoder

But in the book authors suggest that it can be changed to something like this:

$ tree transcoder

├── README.rst
├── requirements.txt
└── transcoder
    ├── audio_transcoder
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   ├── migrations
    │   │   ├──
    │   │   └──
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   └──
    ├── config
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   ├──
    │   └──
    ├── media
    └── templates
        ├── base.html
        ├── home.html
        └── upload.html

After working some time with this layout I have to say that it's very responsive and good structured in my opinion. But there is need for changes in 2 files for Django to be able recognizing where to look up for settings and WSGI modules:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import os
import sys

if __name__ == "__main__":
    os.environ.setdefault("DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE", "config.settings")

    from import execute_from_command_line


# rest of settings file
ROOT_URLCONF = 'config.urls'

WSGI_APPLICATION = 'config.wsgi.application'

MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'media')

MEDIA_URL = '/media/'

The transcoder need file to transcode so I created a model, form and view for mp3 file.


import uuid

from django.db import models

def unique_file_path(instance, filename):
    new_file_name = uuid.uuid4()
    return str(new_file_name)

class AudioFile(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100, blank=True)
    mp3_file = models.FileField(upload_to=unique_file_path)
    ogg_file = models.FileField(blank=True, upload_to=unique_file_path)
    wav_file = models.FileField(blank=True, upload_to=unique_file_path)
    ac3_file = models.FileField(blank=True, upload_to=unique_file_path)

    def __str__(self):

To avoid filename duplication of uploaded files I changed their names to be unique. the upload_to argument takes function unique_file_path which will generate unique name. This function has to take 2 arguments: instance and filename.


from django.forms import ModelForm
from .models import AudioFile

class AudioFileFrom(ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = AudioFile
        fields = ['name', 'mp3_file']

Here I have used ModelForm which is the easiest way to generate the form for given model.


from django.views.generic.edit import FormView
from django.http import HttpResponseRedirect
from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse

from .forms import AudioFileFrom
from .models import AudioFile

class UploadAudioFileView(FormView):
    template_name = 'upload.html'
    form_class = AudioFileFrom

    def form_valid(self, form):
        audio_file = AudioFile(

        return HttpResponseRedirect(self.get_success_url())

    def get_success_url(self):
        return reverse('home')

And in UploadAudioFileView in form validation I took name and mp3_file from form submitted by user and save then in corresponding model. I have hard time figuring out where to put saving model. At first I wanted to work as generic CBV so no form_valid I just pass additional argument to class: success_url but it didn't save audioFile. Also moving form_valid to AudioFileFrom didn't help. After some more research I found this GoDjango tutorial. If you have better way to do this please let me know!

The code that I have made so far is available on github. Stay tuned for next blog post from this series.

Cover image that presents queue by Aykapog under CC0.

tags: django, celery, rabbit,

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