How to reload Django configuration in a Docker container?

I have a self-hosted instance in a Docker container. I’m trying to debug an issue (this one) and I would like to be able to make adjustments to the Django project configuration to help with debugging.

I know how to set environment variables when starting the container, but only a few of the Django configuration variables can be manipulated by setting environment variables (I think).

I know how to edit the configuration file at


but I don’t know how to make the running Django application load those changes.

In other contexts I typically serve the dynamic parts of a Django application using Gunicorn, and in those cases in order to reload the configuration I would restart the Gunicorn service.

But it doesn’t look like the Django application is being served by Gunicorn, or any other system I’m familiar with.

How can I make changes to the config/settings/ file take effect?


Hi @hugh,

I hope my answer to your other issue (this one ) helps you fix the problem.

The best way to have hot-reloading and debug settings/changes in Baserow is by running a dev environment. You can do it by following this guide:


Hi @davide your solution to my other problem did indeed fix my issue!

In case anyone else has this same question, I’d like to confirm before I mark this resolved: is there indeed no way to reload the configuration of a running production instance?