Flask getting started: Hello World

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to build a web app with Python. 

We’ll use a micro-framework called Flask. It has a small core but is extensible with many plugins such as SQLAlchemy, Babel, CouchDB, MongoDB etc.  

Some Flask example apps are:

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Why Flask?

  • easy to use.
  • built in development server and debugger
  • integrated unit testing support
  • RESTful request dispatching
  • uses Jinja2 templating
  • support for secure cookies (client side sessions)
  • 100% WSGI 1.0 compliant
  • Unicode based
  • extensively documented

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Installing Flask

Install Flask using the command below:

pip install Flask

Flask hello world app

Create a file called hello.py

from flask import Flask
app = Flask(__name__)
def hello():
    return "Hello World!"
if __name__ == "__main__":

Finally run the web app using this command:

$ python hello.py
* Running on http://localhost:5000/

Open http://localhost:5000/ in your webbrowser, and “Hello World!” should appear.

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Flask with static html files
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4 Responses to Flask getting started: Hello World

  1. Michael says:

    can i ask any question frank?

  2. Robert Walsh says:

    what if flask will not install on python?