Fixing A Wrong Old Version Of django-admin

October - 2020

I ran into a problem where django-admin wasn't working properly. It kept making projects based on an old version of django.

For example, I setup a project on my mac with:

mkdir django_project
cd django_project
python3 -m venv venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install django

The results were:

Installing collected packages: sqlparse, pytz, asgiref, django
Successfully installed asgiref-3.2.10 django-3.1.2 pytz-2020.1 sqlparse-0.4.1    

So, the expected 3.1.2 version is there. But, when I run:

django-admin --version 

I get:

1.11.29

It took a while to figure out, but I finally ran which and got this:

$ which django-admin
/usr/local/bin/django-admin

For some reason, the system version of django-admin was being picked up picking up even though I was inside the venv virtual environment. I have no idea what's going on there, but I deleted that old version and things worked as expected.

$ which django-admin
/Users/alans/Desktop/django_project/venv/bin/django-admin

$ django-admin --version
3.1.2

Look for those old versions if you're running into a similar problem.