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Use Database URLs in your Django Application.
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Merge pull request #29 from dbrgn/master

Added support for percent-encoded Postgres paths.
latest commit 86f0e30b5b
Kenneth Reitz authored



This simple Django utility allows you to utilize the 12factor inspired DATABASE_URL environment variable to configure your Django application.

Supported databases

Support currently exists for PostgreSQL, PostGIS, MySQL, MySQL (GIS) and SQLite.


Installation is simple:

$ pip install dj-database-url


Configure your database in from DATABASE_URL (default is optional):

DATABASES = {'default': dj_database_url.config(default='postgres://...')}

Parse an arbitrary Database URL:

DATABASES = {'default': dj_database_url.parse('postgres://...')}

URL schema

Engine Django Backend URL
PostgreSQL django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2 postgres://USER:PASSWORD@HOST:PORT/NAME [1]
PostGIS django.contrib.gis.db.backends.postgis postgis://USER:PASSWORD@HOST:PORT/NAME
MySQL django.db.backends.mysql mysql://USER:PASSWORD@HOST:PORT/NAME
MySQL (GIS) django.contrib.gis.db.backends.mysql mysqlgis://USER:PASSWORD@HOST:PORT/NAME
SQLite django.db.backends.sqlite3 sqlite:///PATH [2]
[1] With PostgreSQL, you can also use unix domain socket paths with percent encoding: postgres://%2Fvar%2Flib%2Fpostgresql/dbname.
[2] SQLite connects to file based databases. The same URL format is used, omitting the hostname, and using the "file" portion as the filename of the database. This has the effect of four slashes being present for an absolute file path: sqlite:////full/path/to/your/database/file.sqlite.
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