Flask app with virtual Python environment in Unit 1.1 ?

Ralph Seichter m16+nginx at monksofcool.net
Sun Apr 29 14:10:08 UTC 2018


I have built a Flask application with a Python 3.6 virtual environment
which I would like to run using NGINX Unit 1.1 instead of the usual
"source venv/bin/activate; flask run". When I try to apply the following

    "listeners": {
      "*:5080": {
        "application": "myapp"
    "applications": {
      "myapp": {
        "type": "python",
        "processes": 1,
        "module": "wsgi",
        "user": "nginx",
        "group": "nginx",
        "path": "/var/www/myapp"

My log file shows

  [info] 21422#21422 "myapp" application started
  [alert] 21422#21422 Python failed to import module "wsgi"
  [notice] 20803#20803 process 21422 exited with code 1
  [warn] 20812#20812 failed to start application "myapp"
  [alert] 20812#20812 failed to apply new conf

Here's my minimal wsgi.py:

  # /var/www/myapp/wsgi.py
  import mypackage
  if __name__ == "__main__":

The Flask application object is defined in mypackage.__init__.py:

  app = Flask(__name__)

NGINX Unit does not know about the virtual Python environment at this
time, and I don't know how I can set the required library paths. Can
somebody please point me in the right direction?


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