Flask boilerplate with Bootstrap, SQLAlchemy

In this article you will learn about cookiecutter, a command-line utility that creates projects from project templates. With cookiecutter you can create a new python Flask project. This is similar to a standard Flask project except that using this method you start with several complete templates and a list of features.

Related course:
The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0

Flask boilerplate features

  • Bootstrap 3 and Font Awesome 4 with starter templates
  • Flask-SQLAlchemy with basic User model
  • Easy database migrations with Flask-Migrate
  • Flask-WTForms with login and registration forms
  • Flask-Login for authentication
  • Flask-Bcrypt for password hashing
  • Procfile for deploying to a PaaS (e.g. Heroku)
  • pytest and Factory-Boy for testing (example tests included)
  • A simple manage.py script.
  • CSS and JS minification using Flask-Assets
  • Optional bower support for frontend package management
  • Caching using Flask-Cache
  • Useful debug toolbar
  • Utilizes best practices: Blueprints and Application Factory patterns

Install the Flask dependencies:

sudo pip install flask_script
sudo pip install flask_migrate
sudo pip install flask_assets
sudo pip install flask_bcrypt
sudo pip install flask_cache
sudo pip install flask_debugtoolbar

Install and clone cookieclutter

sudo pip install cookiecutter
sudo pip install mock==1.0.1
cookiecutter https://github.com/sloria/cookiecutter-flask.git

You will be asked some information about your project, enter as you wish:

remote: Counting objects: 1545, done.
remote: Total 1545 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 1545
Receiving objects: 100% (1545/1545), 1.57 MiB | 720.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (857/857), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
full_name (default is "Steven Loria")? Steven Loria
email (default is "[email protected]")?  slorial@gmail.com
github_username (default is "sloria")?  sloria
project_name (default is "My Flask App")? example
app_name (default is "myflaskapp")? example
project_short_description (default is "A flasky app.")? a flasky app

Then enter your project directory (example) and start the server

cd example
python manage.py runserver

You can then open


cookiecutter output theme


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