Wger user

It is recommended to add a dedicated user for the application:

sudo adduser wger --disabled-password --gecos ""

The following steps assume you did, but it is not necessary (nor is it necessary to call it ‘wger’). In that case, change the paths as needed.


Install apache and the WSGI module:

sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-wsgi-py3
sudo vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/wger.conf

Configure apache to serve the application:

<Directory /home/wger/src>
        Require all granted

<VirtualHost *:80>
    WSGIApplicationGroup %{GLOBAL}
    WSGIDaemonProcess wger python-path=/home/wger/src python-home=/home/wger/venv
    WSGIProcessGroup wger
    WSGIScriptAlias / /home/wger/src/wger/
    WSGIPassAuthorization On

    Alias /static/ /home/wger/static/
    <Directory /home/wger/static>
        Require all granted

    Alias /media/ /home/wger/media/
    <Directory /home/wger/media>
        Require all granted

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/wger-error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/wger-access.log combined

Apache has a problem when uploading files that have non-ASCII characters, e.g. for exercise images. To avoid this, add to /etc/apache2/envvars (if there is already an export LANG, replace it) or set your system’s locale:

export LANG='en_US.UTF-8'
export LC_ALL='en_US.UTF-8'

Activate the settings and disable apache’s default:

sudo a2dissite 000-default.conf
sudo a2ensite wger
sudo service apache2 reload



Install the Postgres server (choose the appropriate and currently supported version for your distro) and create a database and a user:

sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-server-dev-12 python3-psycopg2
sudo su - postgres
createdb wger
psql wger -c "CREATE USER wger WITH PASSWORD 'wger'";
psql wger -c "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE wger to wger";

You might want or need to edit your pg_hba.conf file to allow local socket connections or similar.


If using sqlite, create a folder for it (must be writable by the apache user):

mkdir db
touch db/database.sqlite
chown :www-data -R /home/wger/db
chmod g+w /home/wger/db /home/wger/db/database.sqlite


Make a virtualenv for python and activate it:

python3 -m venv /home/wger/venv
source /home/wger/venv/bin/activate

Create folders to collect all static resources and save uploaded files. The static folder will only contain CSS and JS files, so it must be readable by the apache process while media will contain the uploaded files and must be writeable as well:

mkdir static

mkdir media
chmod o+w media

Get the application:

git clone /home/wger/src
cd /home/wger/src
pip install -r requirements.txt
pip install -e .

# If using sqlite without the --database-path
wger create-settings --database-path /home/wger/db/database.sqlite

Edit the settings file

  • Add the correct values for the database (use django.db.backends.postgresql for the engine) if you are using postgres

  • Set MEDIA_ROOT to /home/wger/media and STATIC_ROOT to /home/wger/static.

  • Add the domains that your site will be accessed to ALLOWED_HOSTS=[‘’, ‘’] (you might want to do this as the last step when you know everything else is working correctly)

Run the installation script, this will download some CSS and JS libraries and load all initial data:

wger bootstrap

Collect all static resources:

python collectstatic

The bootstrap command will also create a default administrator user (you probably want to change the password as soon as you log in):

  • username: admin

  • password: adminadmin


The application is configured to use Django’s console email backend by default, which causes messages intended to be sent via email to be written to stdout.

In order to use a real email server, another backend listed in Django’s documentation can be configured instead. Parameters for the backend are set as variables in For example, the following allows an SMTP server at to be used:

Email_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend'
EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD = 'example_password'
DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL = 'wger Workout Manager <>'

Django provides a sendtestemail command via to test email settings:

python sendtestemail

Site Settings

Some wger features make use of Django’s site name and domain settings in the contrib.sites framework. These should be set through the Python shell:

python shell
>>> from django.contrib.sites.models import Site
>>> site = Site.objects.get(pk=1)
>>> site.domain = ''
>>> = ' wger Workout Manager'

where is the domain of the wger instance. This assumes that wger is using the default site ID of 1. If a different site ID is being used, it must be specified in


Other changes

If you want to use the application as a public instance, you will probably want to change the following templates:

  • tos.html, for your own Terms Of Service here

  • about.html, for your contact address or other such legal requirements