Upgrade Help

This document exists to help document changes between versions of Wooey and what existing bootstrap projects may need to migrate to recent versions. The official changelog for releases is curated in github releases, which will document any major changes. Though every attempt is made to test upgrades, it is recommended to backup your database prior to an upgrade in case your particular usage of Wooey is not something the creators test. If an error arises, please open an issue on github.

General Upgrade Information

As with all app upgrades, after installing a newer version, you should ensure the app models are up to date with python manage.py migrate. Generally, this command should be baked in with the startup script of your webserver to ensure no instance is running with unapplied migrations.

0.9.11 To 0.10

0.10 adds in support for Django 1.10 as well as Django 1.11. Django versions prior to 1.8 are no longer officially supported.

  1. Celery Changes:

    Celery was upgraded to version 4.x and several changes are required:

    1. First, celery is no longer executed through

      python manage.py celery

      but instead via:

      celery -A your_project_name worker -l info (and any other arguments)
    2. Because django-celery is now deprecated and incompatible with newer Django and Celery versions, several settings in settings/user_settings.py must be updated:


      must be changed to:


      If the django-celery task result backend was in use, the backend must be changed from:

      CELERY_RESULT_BACKEND = 'djcelery.backends.database:DatabaseBackend'


      CELERY_RESULT_BACKEND = 'django-db'

      If a broker was never specified, the default broker url must be changed from

      BROKER_URL = 'django://'


      CELERY_BROKER_URL = 'filesystem://'
      # This function exists just to ensure the filesystem has the correct folders
      def ensure_path(path):
          import errno
          except Exception as e:
              if e.errno == errno.EEXIST:
          return path
      broker_dir = ensure_path(os.path.join(BASE_DIR, '.broker'))
          "data_folder_in": ensure_path(os.path.join(broker_dir, "out")),
          "data_folder_out": ensure_path(os.path.join(broker_dir, "out")),
          "data_folder_processed": ensure_path(os.path.join(broker_dir, "processed")),

    Note: It is highly recommended to not use this broker and use something such as rabbitmq or redis.

    1. The celery app instance, located in your_project_name/wooey_celery_app.py must be updated to:

      from __future__ import absolute_import
      import os
      from celery import Celery
      os.environ.setdefault('DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE', 'your_project_name.settings')
      app = Celery('your_project_name')
      # Using a string here means the worker will not have to
      # pickle the object when using Windows.
      app.config_from_object('django.conf:settings', namespace='CELERY')
      def debug_task(self):
          print('Request: {0!r}'.format(self.request))
  2. Django Upgrades:

    Additional tweaks may be required for if a Django upgrade is performed, such as changing MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES to MIDDLEWARE. For these issues, the official Django Documentation should be referenced.