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This page provides instructions for setting up the uWSGI WSGI server. If you plan to use gunicorn instead, go here.

NetBox runs as a WSGI application behind an HTTP server. This documentation shows how to install and configure uWSGI for this role, however other WSGI servers are available and should work similarly well.


Activate the Python virtual environment and install the pyuwsgi package using pip:

source /opt/netbox/venv/bin/activate
pip3 install pyuwsgi

Once installed, add the package to local_requirements.txt to ensure it is re-installed during future rebuilds of the virtual environment:

sudo sh -c "echo 'pyuwsgi' >> /opt/netbox/local_requirements.txt"


NetBox ships with a default configuration file for uWSGI. To use it, copy /opt/netbox/contrib/uwsgi.ini to /opt/netbox/uwsgi.ini. (We make a copy of this file rather than pointing to it directly to ensure that any local changes to it do not get overwritten during a future NetBox upgrade.)

sudo cp /opt/netbox/contrib/uwsgi.ini /opt/netbox/uwsgi.ini

While the provided configuration should suffice for most initial installations, you may wish to edit this file to change the bound IP address and/or port number, or to make performance-related adjustments. See the uWSGI documentation for the available configuration parameters and take a minute to review the Things to know page. Django also provides additional documentation on configuring uWSGI with a Django app.

systemd Setup

We'll use systemd to control both uWSGI and NetBox's background worker process. First, copy contrib/netbox.service and contrib/netbox-rq.service to the /etc/systemd/system/ directory.

sudo cp -v /opt/netbox/contrib/*.service /etc/systemd/system/
sudo systemctl daemon-reload

The reference configuration assumes that gunicorn is in use, so we need to update it. Edit the netbox.service file to remove the line beginning with ExecStart=/opt/netbox/venv/bin/gunicorn and uncomment the line below it.

Check user & group assignment

The stock service configuration files packaged with NetBox assume that the service will run with the netbox user and group names. If these differ on your installation, be sure to update the service files accordingly.

Once the configuration file has been saved, reload the service:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Then, start the netbox and netbox-rq services and enable them to initiate at boot time:

sudo systemctl enable --now netbox netbox-rq

You can use the command systemctl status netbox to verify that the WSGI service is running:

systemctl status netbox.service

You should see output similar to the following:

● netbox.service - NetBox WSGI Service
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/netbox.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Mon 2021-08-30 04:02:36 UTC; 14h ago
   Main PID: 1140492 (uwsgi)
      Tasks: 19 (limit: 4683)
     Memory: 666.2M
     CGroup: /system.slice/netbox.service
             ├─1061 /opt/netbox/venv/bin/python3 /opt/netbox/venv/bin/uwsgi --ini /opt/netbox/uwsgi.ini
             ├─1976 /opt/netbox/venv/bin/python3 /opt/netbox/venv/bin/uwsgi --ini /opt/netbox/uwsgi.ini


If the NetBox service fails to start, issue the command journalctl -eu netbox to check for log messages that may indicate the problem.

Once you've verified that the WSGI workers are up and running, move on to HTTP server setup.

HTTP Server Installation

For server installation, you will want to follow the NetBox HTTP Server Setup guide, however after copying the configuration file, you will need to edit the file and change the location section to uncomment the uWSGI parameters:

    location / {
        # proxy_pass;
        # proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $http_host;
        # proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        # proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        # comment the lines above and uncomment the lines below if using uWSGI
        include uwsgi_params;
        uwsgi_param Host $host;
        uwsgi_param X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        uwsgi_param X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        uwsgi_param X-Forwarded-Proto $http_x_forwarded_proto;