I tend to run my Django application in a Docker container for all the benefits it gives when working with a team or deploying the application. It does however introduce extra hundles in everyday development.

To debug the application I use debugpy. Whilst the application is running this allows me to attach a debugger to the container, and debug the the application. This only works however for web requests and will not intercept anything triggered from the command line. This sucks as I have loads of manage.py commands I trigger via the command line or cron!

My Workaround


        <form method="post">
            {% csrf_token %}
            Command: <input type="text" name="command" />
            <input type="submit" value="run" />


from django.core.management import call_command

def command_runner(request):
    if request.method == 'POST':
        to_run = request.POST.get('command', '')
        to_run = to_run.replace('python manage.py ', '')
        if to_run:
            command_name = to_run.split(' ')[0]
            call_command(command_name, *to_run.split(' ')[1:])
        return render(request, 'command_runner.html')

I created a simple page, in which you can enter the same manage.py command. By excecuting call_command from the web page we can still run the manage.py command, but from the web context allowing breakpoints to be hit!