ValueError: Unable to configure handler 'file': [Errno 2] No such file or directory:


I am very new to Python and Django and is currently busy learning myself through tutorials on I am using PyCharm and working on OS X El Capitan. I have imported a project from github and created a virtual environment for the project interpretor based on Python 3.5.1. In the vm I installed django.

I then activated the vm.

Now.. i started by trying to execute simple commands in the terminal like python startapp deonapp and python runserver but each time I get an error which I pasted below.. What did I miss? I cannot seem to find the /log/ directory?

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/python3.5/logging/", line 558, in configure
    handler = self.configure_handler(handlers[name])
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/python3.5/logging/", line 731, in configure_handler
    result = factory(**kwargs)
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/python3.5/logging/", line 1008, in __init__
    StreamHandler.__init__(self, self._open())
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/python3.5/logging/", line 1037, in _open
    return open(self.baseFilename, self.mode, encoding=self.encoding)
FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/log/debug.log'

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 10, in <module>
  File "/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/venv/lib/python3.5/site-packages/django/core/management/", line 367, in execute_from_command_line
  File "/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/venv/lib/python3.5/site-packages/django/core/management/", line 341, in execute
  File "/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/venv/lib/python3.5/site-packages/django/", line 22, in setup
    configure_logging(settings.LOGGING_CONFIG, settings.LOGGING)
  File "/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/venv/lib/python3.5/site-packages/django/utils/", line 75, in configure_logging
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/python3.5/logging/", line 795, in dictConfig
  File "/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/python3.5/logging/", line 566, in configure
    '%r: %s' % (name, e))
ValueError: Unable to configure handler 'file': [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/log/debug.log'
Asked By: Deon Van Zyl



You do not have path to a log file for some reason (/Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/log). Make sure that all directories exist (if no, create them) and create an empty debug.log log file (just in case).

What happens is there is some problem with your code happening. Handler catches this error to save it to your log file so that you can analyze it. However, the path to log file it is trying to open does not exist. Thus, exception occures during handling of another exception.

Answered By: Dmitry Torba

In case someone get it useful: In my case the error was triggered by a permissions issue. Once i change permissions and let app user write in folder this was solved.

Answered By: Gamugo

I also faced the same issue, in my case the permissions of the logging file was not right.
so i changed the permissions to read and write to all user with the cmd

sudo chmod a+rwx debug.log

Answered By: Himanshu Chauhan
  1. Check whether log file exist in /Users/deon/Documents/PyCharmProjects/Developments/deonproject/log/debug.log location.
  2. Check these location have proper write permission
    In my case the ransomware protection was turned on and it preventing it from permission issue
  3. Open the Code editor RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR mode
Answered By: Mohammed Jaseem K

your log path does not exist.
Make sure this path exists

Answered By: Makan dianka

In my case it was due to permission denied as django commands were executed as not owner of the logger files

Answered By: P.Netev

For example if your handler is configured as

"handlers": {
        "console": {
            "class": "logging.StreamHandler",
            "formatter": "console",
        "file": {
            "level": "INFO",
            "class": "logging.FileHandler",
            "formatter": "file",
            "filename": "logs/jirate.log",<-----
        "django.server": DEFAULT_LOGGING["handlers"]["django.server"],

ensure that you have the folder logs created in the same level as your Django will automatically create the jirate.log file

Answered By: timothy inioluwa

In my Django project, I implemented some logic that would handle a situation like this:

we can declare some log-path, and if it doesn’t exist we can create the path:

LOG_DIR = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'log')
LOG_FILE = '/api.log'

if not os.path.exists(LOG_DIR):

if not os.path.exists(LOG_PATH):
    f = open(LOG_PATH, 'a').close() #create empty log file
    f = open(LOG_PATH,"w").close() #clear log file

Then in our Logging dict we can add the following to our "file" section of the handlers

    'handlers': {
        'file': {
            'filename': LOG_PATH, 
        'console': {
Answered By: some dude

This error can be caused if you haven’t created the folder of logs file

  • Go to the file and check the path of your logs file
  • Follow the path and create the folder
Answered By: Abdullah Rafi
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