Introduction to GeoNode Projects

GeoNode enables you to set up a complete site simply by installing the packages and adding your data. If you want to create your own project based on GeoNode, there are a several options available that enable you to customize the look and feel of your GeoNode site. You can add additional modules that are necessary for your own use case and to integrate your GeoNode project with other external sites and services.

This module assumes that you have installed a GeoNode site with the Ubuntu Packages and that you have a working GeoNode based on that setup. If you want to follow this same methodology on a different platform, you can follow this module and adapt as necessary for your environment.


GeoNode is an out-of-the-box, full-featured Spatial Data Infrastructure solution, but many GeoNode implementations require either customization of the default site or the use of additional modules, whether they be third-party Django Pluggables or modules developed by a GeoNode implementer.

There are quite a few existing Downstream GeoNode projects some of which follow the methodology described in this module. You should familiarize yourself with these projects and how and why they extend GeoNode. You should also carefully think about what customization and additional modules you need for your own GeoNode-based project and research the options that are available to you. The Django Packages site is a great place to start looking for existing modules that may meet your needs.

Existing downstream GeoNode projects

Django template projects

GeoNode follows the Django template projects paradigm introduced in Django 1.4. At a minimum, a Django project consists of a file and a file; Django apps are used to add specific pieces of functionality. The GeoNode development team has created a template project which contains these required files with all the GeoNode configuration you need to get up and running with your own GeoNode project. If you would like learn more about Django projects and apps, you should consult the Django Documentation