Configuring VaaS in production environment

VaaS is a Django application. It can be run in multiple ways, as documented in Django deployment documentation. The example below is just one way of deploying VaaS. It uses Uwsgi, Nginx and Mysql on an Ubuntu server, as ubuntu user.

Python Support

VaaS run on Python3.5+ versions.

Ubuntu system packages requirements

Make sure you have installed packages on machine:

 sudo apt-get install python3.5-dev python3-venv libssl-dev libtool libldap2-dev libssl-dev libsasl2-dev libmysqlclient-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev

Build VaaS package

Use the commands below to build VaaS from source:

git clone
python3.5 -m venv dist-env
. dist-env/bin/activate
pip install --upgrade pip
cd vaas/vaas-app
python egg_info
pip install -r src/vaas.egg-info/requires.txt
python sdist --format=zip

Package will be located in dist directory.

Install VaaS package

Use the commands below to install VaaS package built in the previous step on a web server:

python3.5 -m venv prod-env
. prod-env/bin/activate
pip install --upgrade pip
pip install python-ldap==3.2.0
pip install django-auth-ldap==1.7.0
pip install mysqlclient==1.4.2.post1
pip install lck.django
pip install uwsgi
pip install vaas-{version-number}.zip

Configure Mysql

Install Mysql server and create a new database and user for VaaS.

VaaS configuration location

All django related settings should be stored in location


VaaS application handles three files in yaml format, but only one is required: * db_config.yml - database configuration required * production.yml - place to override some django settings optional * ldap.yml - ldap integration config optional - more at ldap configuration

Configure VaaS application

VaaS requires the following configuration file:


  ENGINE: 'django.db.backends.mysql'
  NAME: 'vaas'
  USER: 'vaas'
  PASSWORD: 'vaas'
  HOST: 'mysql.hostname'

Configure Uwsgi

One way to run Uwsgi is to configure it with upstart. Create a file called /etc/init/uwsgi.conf with the following contents:

description "Vaas - Varnish Configuration"
start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [06]

exec /home/vagrant/prod-env/bin/uwsgi --env DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=vaas.settings --uid vagrant --master --processes 8 --die-on-term --socket /tmp/vaas.sock -H /home/vagrant/prod-env --module vaas.external.wsgi --chmod-socket=666 --logto /tmp/uwsgi.log

Then start uwsgi with:

service uwsgi start

Configure Service

For modern OS we use Systemd service for mange UWsgi. Create service file /lib/systemd/system/vaas.service with the following contents:

Description=Varnish As A Service

ExecStart=//home/vagrant/prod-env/bin/uwsgi --env DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=vaas.settings --uid vagrant --master --processes 8 --die-on-term --socket /tmp/vaas.sock -H /home/vagrant/prod-env --module vaas.external.wsgi --chmod-socket=666 --logto /tmp/uwsgi.log


After add file you need to reload Systemd configuration:

systemctl daemon-reload

Run VaaS:

service vaas start

Configure Nginx

Create a file in /etc/nginx/sites-available/vaas.conf and link it to /etc/nginx/sites-enabled. Add the following contents to the file replacing SERVER_NAME with your server name:

upstream django {
    server unix:///tmp/vaas.sock;

server {
    listen      80;
    server_name <SERVER_NAME>;
    charset     utf-8;

    client_max_body_size 75M;

    location /static {
        alias /home/vagrant/prod-env/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/vaas/static;

    location / {
        uwsgi_pass  django;
        include     /etc/nginx/uwsgi_params;
        uwsgi_read_timeout 300;

Then start Nginx with:

service nginx start

Override django settings

It's possible to override some django settings by special config file named production.yml as follow:




If you cannot create virtualenv on Ubuntu 16.04 and have error like this:

The virtual environment was not created successfully because ensurepip is not
available.  On Debian/Ubuntu systems, you need to install the python3-venv
package using the following command.

    apt-get install python3-venv

You may need to use sudo with that command.  After installing the python3-venv
package, recreate your virtual environment.

Failing command: ['/tmp/vaas/dist-venv/bin/python3.5', '-Im', 'ensurepip', '--upgrade', '--default-pip']

You need to update your locale. For example:

export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"
export LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

After that commend sudo python3.5 -m venv dist-venv will work properly.