Folder structure

When installing Alliance Auth, you are instructed to run the allianceauth start command which generates a folder containing your auth project. This auth project is based off Alliance Auth but can be customized how you wish.

The myauth folder

The first folder created is the root directory of your auth project. This folder contains:

  • the management script used to interact with Django

  • a preconfigured supervisor.conf Supervisor config for running Celery (and optionally Gunicorn) automatically

  • a log folder which contains log files generated by Alliance Auth

The myauth subfolder

Within your auth project root folder is another folder of the same name (a quirk of Django project structures). This folder contains:

  • a Celery app definition in for registering tasks with the background workers

  • a web server gateway interface script for processing web requests

  • the root URL config which Django uses to direct requests to the appropriate view

There are also two subfolders for static and templates which allow adding new content and overriding default content shipped with Alliance Auth or Django.

And finally the settings folder.

Settings Files

With the settings folder lives two settings files: and

The base settings file contains everything needed to run Alliance Auth. It handles configuration of Django and Celery, defines logging, and many other Django-required settings. This file should not be edited. While updating Alliance Auth, you may be instructed to update the base settings file - this is achieved through the allianceauth update command which overwrites the existing base settings file.

The local settings file is referred to as “your auth project’s settings file” and you are instructed to edit it during the installation process. You can add any additional settings required by other apps to this file. Upon creation the first line is from .base import * meaning all settings defined in the base settings file are loaded. You can override any base setting by simply redefining it in your local settings file.

Log Files

Your auth project comes with four log file definitions by default. These are created in the myauth/log/ folder at runtime.

  • allianceauth.log contains all INFO level and above logging messages from Alliance Auth. This is useful for tracking who is making changes to the site, what is happening to users, and debugging any errors that may occur.

  • worker.log contains logging messages from the Celery background task workers. This is useful for monitoring background processes such as group syncing to services.

  • beat.log contains logging messages from the background task scheduler. This is of limited use unless the scheduler isn’t starting.

  • gunicorn.log contains logging messages from Gunicorn workers. This contains all web-sourced messages found in allianceauth.log as well as runtime errors from the workers themselves.

When asking for assistance with your auth project, be sure to first read the logs, and share any relevant entries.