Django is a high-level Python web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. It provides many built-in features for developing web applications. Below are the main steps in setting up a Django project:

  1. Install Django: Use pip to install Django by running the command pip install django.

  2. Create a new Django project: Use the command django-admin startproject projectname to create a new Django project.

  3. Run the development server: Navigate to the project directory and run python runserver to start the development server.

  4. Create an app: Use the command python startapp appname to create a new app within the project.

  5. Define models: Define the data models for the app using Django's ORM (Object-Relational Mapping).

  6. Create views: Define views to handle incoming requests and return appropriate responses.

  7. Configure URLs: Map URL patterns to views by defining URL patterns in the app's file.

  8. Create templates: Create HTML templates to display the data using Django's template language.

  9. Run migrations: Execute python makemigrations to create migrations based on the changes to the models, and then apply the migrations using python migrate.

  10. Test the application: Write tests to verify the behavior of the application and run them using python test.

These are the basic steps to set up a Django project and start building a web application.