This page contains info on the setup of a Flask application with Gunicorn as app server and nginx as webserver. The app will run with Python 3 on CentOS 7.

App setup

Install Python 3 with the following commands:

sudo yum -y update
sudo yum -y install yum-utils
sudo yum -y groupinstall development
sudo yum -y install # community repo
sudo yum -y install python36u # use whatever version fits your needs
sudo yum -y install python36u-pip
sudo yum -y install python36u-devel

Create a virtual environment and install dependencies as well as Gunicorn:

python3.6 -m venv <appdir-name>
source <appdir-name>/bin/activate # enable the environment
# if you have requirements.txt use it, otherwise install the dependencies manually
pip install -r <appdir-name>/requirements.txt
pip install gunicorn
deactivate # quit the virtual environment

Configure Nginx

Edit your nginx configuration (most likely in /etc/nginx/conf.d/nginx.conf) and add the following server:

server {
    listen 80;
    client_max_body_size 4G;

    server_name <your-domain> www.<your-domain>;

    keepalive_timeout 5;

    root <path-to-app>/static; # path to wherever you keep static files

    location / {
        # serve static files directly and use app as fallback if not found
        try_files $uri @proxy_to_app;

    location @proxy_to_app {
        # setup reverse proxy to gunicorn
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_pass http://unix:/run/gunicorns/socket;

    # serve error pages from static files
    error_page 500 502 503 504 /500.html;
    location = /500.html {
        root <path-to-app>/static;

Configure systemd

Create a new systemd socket file at /etc/systemd/system/gunicorn.socket with the following content.

Desctiption=gunicorn socket



Now create the systemd service file at /etc/systemd/system/gunicorn.service and add the following content:

Description=gunicorn daemon

ExecStart=<path-to-app>/bin/gunicorn  app:app  \
        --pid /run/gunicorn/pid   \
        --bind unix:/run/gunicorns/socket
ExecReload=/bin/kill -s HUP $MAINPID
ExecStop=/bin/kill -s TERM $MAINPID


Start and enable Gunicorn:

sudo systemctl start gunicorn.socket
sudo systemctl enable gunicorn.socket

Gunicorn logs

You can display the logs with sudo journalctl -u gunicorn.