Starting with Flask 0.11 there are multiple built-in ways to run a
development server. The best one is the flask command line utility
but you can also continue using the
The flask command line script (Command Line Interface) is strongly recommended for development because it provides a superior reload experience due to how it loads the application. The basic usage is like this:
$ export FLASK_APP=my_application $ export FLASK_ENV=development $ flask run
This enables the development environment, including the interactive debugger and reloader, and then starts the server on http://localhost:5000/.
The individual features of the server can be controlled by passing more
arguments to the
run option. For instance the reloader can be
$ flask run --no-reload
Prior to Flask 1.0 the
FLASK_ENV environment variable was
not supported and you needed to enable debug mode by exporting
FLASK_DEBUG=1. This can still be used to control debug mode, but
you should prefer setting the development environment as shown
The alternative way to start the application is through the
Flask.run() method. This will immediately launch a local server
exactly the same way the flask script does.
if __name__ == '__main__': app.run()
This works well for the common case but it does not work well for development which is why from Flask 0.11 onwards the flask method is recommended. The reason for this is that due to how the reload mechanism works there are some bizarre side-effects (like executing certain code twice, sometimes crashing without message or dying when a syntax or import error happens).
It is however still a perfectly valid method for invoking a non automatic reloading application.