How to move a domain from one PythonAnywhere user account to another

Here is a sample checklist to move an existing website (eg: from one PythonAnywhere account to another PythonAnywhere account with minimal downtime:

  1. setup your new account, and transfer all the settings and files over to the new account. This may include:
    • a git clone to get your source code over to the new account
    • a database backup from the old account and restore to the new account database. See our help pages for doing MySQL and Postgres backup and restores.
    • transfer over any other files on disk that your website is using that isn't in version control
    • install any libraries you had installed on your old account. Make sure the new libraries are the same versions as before. You may want to use a requirements.txt file.
    • upgrade your new account to have the same settings as your old account (you need to do this now if your website has any dependencies on paid features; otherwise you should upgrade before step 3 to minimize website downtime)
  2. create a new website on your new account (eg: by going through manual configuration, and make sure that everything is connected and working. Some things to check include:
    • compare and reference any changes you had made to the /var/log/ file in your old account, and make similar changes to the wsgi file on the new account
    • similarly, on the PythonAnywhere web tab, double check that website configurations such as the working directory, python version, virtualenv paths etc are setup correctly by comparing them with your old website configurations
    • on the new website, are static file being served? Is the correct database connected? Are there any erroring urls/endpoints?
  3. delete your website ( from the old account
  4. in your new account, rename your website to
  5. take the new cname ( generated after the rename, and change the CNAME record at your domain registrar. See the bottom half of this help page for more details.