This simple Django utility allows you to utilize the 12factor inspired DATABASE_URL environment variable to configure your Django application.
Configure your database in settings.py from DATABASE_URL:
DATABASES['default'] = dj_database_url.config()
Parse an arbitrary Database URL:
DATABASES['default'] = dj_database_url.parse('postgres://...')
Support currently exists for PostgreSQL, MySQL and SQLite.
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.
Installation is simple too:
$ pip install dj-database-url