Project Resources

Table of Contents

  1. Git Resources
  2. Web Design Resources
  3. Django Resources
  4. Heroku Resources
    1. Deploying to Heroku
    2. Avoiding the macOS / psycopg2 error

Git Resources

Git Cheat Sheet

Web Design Resources

Django Resources

Heroku Resources

Deploying to Heroku

  1. Create an account on Heroku at using the SAME email address / account that you used for GitHub and the GitHub Student Pack. Follow the instructions at to make sure that your Heroku benefits are applied properly.
  2. Next, ensure Heroku has access to your GitHub repos by linking your GitHub account in the Heroku settings. Follow the instructions at to learn how to make your project work on Heroku. You can look at the repo for some examples of how to set up some of the configuration files. There is also some info in the README file at the repo on steps for deploying. There are several ways to do this and if you find another way online, that’s fine.
  3. Once you think your project is ready, you can login at and create a new app. Under the Deploy tab, you can connect the GitHub repo for the project. This is why you have to get the project root setup correctly in Step 1! Once you connect the repo, you can scroll down to “Deploy Branch” on that same page and Heroku will clone your project and put it online! The link can be found in the Settings tab if you can’t find it otherwise.

Avoiding the macOS / psycopg2 error

Use this code at the bottom of your file to try/catch the import of django-heroku so it only has to work when deployed to heroku and not locally:

# Activate Django-Heroku.
# Use this code to avoid the psycopg2 / django-heroku error!  
# Do NOT import django-heroku above!
    if 'HEROKU' in os.environ:
        import django_heroku
except ImportError:
    found = False

Another option that has worked for Sherriff (M2 MacBook Pro) if you have homebrew installed:

brew install openssl
export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib"
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include"
pip install psycopg2-binary

(Ask Sherriff if you have questions about the above terminal commands.)