If you missed my most recent blogpost on Getting Started with AWS (Amazon Web Services) - free bootcamp class at the AWS Loft in NYC go check it out, right now. It was/is amazing.


Flask is a microframework for Python based on Werkzeug, Jinja 2 and good intentions. And before you ask: It’s BSD licensed!

I’ve messed around with Django a little, with hopes of rolling out some GeoDjango projects but find that its a little too exciting to deploy.

I mostly use Python at the desktop level for data management (pandas), scripting and analysis (GIS processing w/ arcpy and/or open-source GIS tools).

I came across Flask a few times and was sort of interested in what it was and how it works. I did a few short tutorials locally but after taking Getting Started with AWS (Amazon Web Services) - free bootcamp class at the AWS Loft in NYC I yearned to deploy some actual Flask on the web. Luckily, I found a great tutorial…

Deploying a Flask application on AWS

An end-to-end example using Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk and RDS

I found Rodkey’s tutorial Deploying a Flask application on AWS via a quick web-search. This is a great step-by-step guide for getting a quick Flask template app up and running on AWS quickly.

After cloning the Flask template app, I setup and pushed the repository up to AWS via the Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface (EBCLI). Amazon, they love goofy names and they love acronyms.

Without further ado, here’s a quick text submission form I set up from the tutorial and Flask template app. It simply writes the input to a MySQL database on Amazon RDS.

Enter some text to submit to the DB. Keep it clean. I’m pretty sure I can check the IP of the submitter.


Enter the number 9 in the bottom entry form and view the last 9 entries.

If you want to use your Elastic Beanstalk app on your own domain, look no farther than Rodkey’s advice:

The easiest way is to use Amazon’s Route 53 — you can easily map the yourapp.elasticbeanstalk.com domain to your domain.

Flask-on friends… Flask-on.