How To Exclude node_modules Directory When Running collectstatic Command in Django21 Jun · by Tim Kamanin · 1 min read
If you use npm or yarn to install frontend packages inside your Django
project, you may notice, that when you run
python manage.py collectstatic
command, it ends up collecting huge amounts of files.
That's because by default, collectstatic grabs all content of static directories inside the project, including thousands of files that live inside node_modules directories produced by npm and yarn.
Luckily, it's straightforward to omit node_modules directories altogether; just run your collectstatic command with an additional "ignore" argument, like this:
python manage.py collectstatic -i node_modules
And you're done!
P.S. If you're tired of typing
python manage.py everytime you need to run
Django command, I recommend you to check a little package of mine called "Django manage.py anywhere": https://github.com/timonweb/Django-manage.py-anywhere, it'll surely save you some keystrokes here and there.