If all other deployment methods do not work, CGI will work for sure. CGI is supported by all major servers but usually has a sub-optimal performance.

This is also the way you can use a Flask application on Google’s App Engine, where execution happens in a CGI-like environment.

Watch Out

Please make sure in advance that any calls you might have in your application file are inside an if __name__ == '__main__': block or moved to a separate file. Just make sure it’s not called because this will always start a local WSGI server which we do not want if we deploy that application to CGI / app engine.

Creating a .cgi file

First you need to create the CGI application file. Let’s call it yourapplication.cgi:

from wsgiref.handlers import CGIHandler
from yourapplication import app


Server Setup

Usually there are two ways to configure the server. Either just copy the .cgi into a cgi-bin (and use mod_rewrite or something similar to rewrite the URL) or let the server point to the file directly.

In Apache for example you can put something like this into the config:

ScriptAlias /app /path/to/the/application.cgi

On shared webhosting, though, you might not have access to your Apache config. In this case, a file called .htaccess, sitting in the public directory you want your app to be available, works too but the ScriptAlias directive won’t work in that case:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f # Don't interfere with static files
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /path/to/the/application.cgi/$1 [L]

For more information consult the documentation of your webserver.