2.8. The WSGI Script

Apache2 and Nginx are using a WSGI script to start the application.

This script is usually located at /etc/privacyidea/privacyideaapp.py or /etc/privacyidea/privacyideaapp.wsgi and has the following contents:

import sys
sys.stdout = sys.stderr
from privacyidea.app import create_app
# Now we can select the config file:
application = create_app(config_name="production",

In the create_app-call you can also select another config file.


This way you can run several instances of privacyIDEA in one Apache2 server by defining several WSGIScriptAlias definitions pointing to different wsgi-scripts, that again reference different config files with different database definitions.

2.8.1. Running Apache instances

To run further Apache instances add additional lines in your Apache config:

WSGIScriptAlias /instance1 /etc/privacyidea1/privacyideaapp.wsgi
WSGIScriptAlias /instance2 /etc/privacyidea2/privacyideaapp.wsgi
WSGIScriptAlias /instance3 /etc/privacyidea3/privacyideaapp.wsgi
WSGIScriptAlias /instance4 /etc/privacyidea4/privacyideaapp.wsgi

It is a good idea to create a subdirectory in /etc for each instance. Each wsgi script needs to point to the corresponding config file pi.cfg.

Each config file can define its own

  • database
  • encryption key
  • signing key
  • ...

To create the new database you need the command pi-manage. The command pi-manage reads the configuration from /etc/privacyidea/pi.cfg.

If you want to use another instance with another config file, you need to set an environment variable and create the database like this:

PRIVACYIDEA_CONFIGFILE=/etc/privacyidea3/pi.cfg pi-manage createdb

This way you can use pi-manage for each instance.