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You need to specify the absolute path to your template folder. Always use forward slashes, even on Windows.
For example, if your project folder is "/home/djangouser/projects/myproject" (Linux) or 'C:\projects\myproject\' (Windows), your TEMPLATE_DIRS looks like this:
# for Linux TEMPLATE_DIRS = ( '/home/djangouser/projects/myproject/templates/', ) # or for Windows; use forward slashes! TEMPLATE_DIRS = ( 'C:/projects/myproject/templates/', )
Alternatively you can use the specified PROJECT_ROOT variable and generate the absolute path by joining it with the relative path to your template folder. This has the advantage that you only need to change your PROJECT_ROOT, if you copy the project to a different location. You need to import the os module to make it work:
# add at the beginning of settings.py import os # ... TEMPLATE_DIRS = ( os.path.join(PROJECT_ROOT, 'templates/'), )