Rest API with Flask & SQL Alchemy on GoDaddy using MySQL as the database. (pt 2)

We ended our last session with the Python app all setup on GoDaddy. Now we will continue our work and setup the python environment with all of the packages that we need to run our Flask-API app. To enter the python environment that was created you need to go the Web Application page that was created and grab the text that is presented.

Getting into the Python Environment on GoDaddy

There are two ways of getting to the Terminal in GoDaddy. You can open up a terminal on your local machine or you can open one up through the cPanel Main Page as shown below.

Access Terminal from cPanel

When your terminal opens you can paste the text from the application page into it and run the command.

This will put you in the right Environment and Directory to do a Pip install of the packages needed. Below is a screen shot of all the packages that need to be installed.

pip freeze on the environment

Here is an easy list of the packages to install.

pip install flask
pip install sqlalchemy
pip install flask_sqlalchemy
pip install pymysql
pip install marshmallow
pip install flask-marshmallow
pip install marshmallow-sqlalchemy

Once those are installed you should get a listing of everything install like above. From here you will need to add your code to the file in your application directory. You can copy and paste the code from pt into your file and then make these changes to it.

import pymysql

Add an import for pymysql

app.config['SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI'] = 'mysql+pymysql://username:password@localhost/dbname'

You should notice the addition of “+pymysql” here is different from the original code.

# Init schema
product_schema = ProductSchema()
products_schema = ProductSchema(many=True)

The above is a change also. I had to remove the strict=true from the product_schema and the products_schema

The last thing I need to do was create the database. The first time I ran the code it created the tables and populated the data with the json that I fed it through Postman.

I hope this helps you get started with Python on GoDaddy. If you have any questions drop them in the comments.

Rest API with Flask & SQL Alchemy on Godaddy using MySQL as the database.

I have a Godaddy website and decide I wanted to try creating a Flask API connected to a MySQL database. My first order of business was watching this video from Traversy Media REST API With Flask & SQL Alchemy. You can find the code here at Github.

With that I had to setup a Python Application on Godaddy. In order to do this you need to go to your Godaddy cPanel interface. Before you setup the application you will need to create a place to hold the application. I created a sub domain to do this. I called it

You will need this information when you setup your Python app as we will see. Once this is done you can head back to the main cPanel screen and go the the Software section. Click on the Setup Python App link.

Godaddy cPanel Software Section

This will bring you to the Python Web Applications page.

This this page you can view the status of your web applications, stop them, start them, delete them or edit them. We will create one using the Create Application button. Below is what the screen looks like.

Python App Screen

This is where the magic happens. You will need to make some decisions here. The first of which is the version of Python your app needs. Second will be the Application Root. This directory will be created for you with all the files you need in your Home directory. So it will be at the home/username/appdirectory level. After that you will need to pick a site to host your application. This Should be an Empty directory. If you have an index.html or some other file it will pick that up first. Next is your applications start up file. By default Godaddy creates this file in the directory that you named as your Application root and names it You can change this to what ever you want to work with your application but you will need to modify the file that is created for you. You will need to identify your app entry point. Usually this is app for app = Flask(__name__). Finally it is a good thing to create a log file. This will be extremely helpful in the log run. I named my file after the application root name.

From here you can Save and Start the app. This will allow you to go to the url of your site and see if python is working.

In my next post we will start the process of putting together the building blocks of the application. See you then.