Sample Oscar projects

Oscar ships with one sample project: a ‘sandbox’ site, which is a vanilla install of Oscar using the default templates and styles.

The sandbox site

The sandbox site is a minimal implementation of Oscar where everything is left in its default state. It is useful for exploring Oscar’s functionality and developing new features.

It only has one notable customisation on top of Oscar’s core:

  • A profile class is specified which defines a few simple fields. This is to demonstrate the account section of Oscar, which introspects the profile class to build a combined User and Profile form.

Note that some things are deliberately not implemented within core Oscar as they are domain-specific. For instance:

  • All tax is set to zero.
  • No shipping methods are specified. The default is free shipping which will be automatically selected during checkout (as it’s the only option).
  • No payment is required to submit an order as part of the checkout process.

The sandbox is, in effect, the blank canvas upon which you can build your site.

Browse the external sandbox site

An instance of the sandbox site is built hourly from master branch and made available at


It is possible for users to access the dashboard and edit the site content. Hence, the data can get quite messy. It is periodically cleaned up.

Run the sandbox locally

It’s pretty straightforward to get the sandbox site running locally so you can play around with Oscar.


While installing Oscar is straightforward, some of Oscar’s dependencies don’t support Windows and are tricky to be properly installed, and therefore you might encounter some errors that prevent a successful installation.

Install Oscar and its dependencies within a virtualenv:

$ git clone
$ cd django-oscar
$ mkvirtualenv oscar  # needs virtualenvwrapper
(oscar) $ make sandbox
(oscar) $ sites/sandbox/ runserver


Note, these instructions will install the head of Oscar’s ‘master’ branch, not an official release. Occasionally the sandbox installation process breaks while support for a new version of Django is being added (often due dependency conflicts with 3rd party libraries). Please ask on the mailing list if you have problems.

If you do not have mkvirtualenv, then replace that line with:

$ virtualenv oscar
$ source ./oscar/bin/activate
(oscar) $

The sandbox site (initialised with a sample set of products) will be available at: http://localhost:8000. A sample superuser is installed with credentials:

username: superuser
password: testing