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Please note: this is a development README! None of this works yet. When we're done, this is what you will read to learn about and use this product :-)


About Riak

Riak is a nosql database solution, built with Erlang and designed to duplicate the functionality of Amazon's Dynamo.

Riak has a pluggable backend for its core shard-partitioned storage, with the default storage backend being Bitcask. Riak also has built-in MapReduce with native support for both JavaScript (using the SpiderMonkey runtime) and Erlang, while supporting a variety of additional language drivers, including Python.

For a comparison of Riak with other nosql solutions, visit this page:

For a general nosql comparison, read this blog post:

About django-riak-engine

In order to be used in Django-nonrel applications, this project is cenetered upon creating the necessary database adaptors for Django.


There is a development discussion Google group here for public participation of anyone interested in coding on the project:



django_riak_engine has the following dependencies:

  • Python
  • Riak
  • Python drivers for Riak
  • Django nonrel
  • Django toolbox
  • Django Riak engine


If you want to assist with developement of django_riak_engine or use the latest code we're working on, you can install from the sources. Once you have git installed, just do the following:

$ git clone
$ cd django-riak-engine
$ make install

Easy Install

You can use the setuptools easy_install script to get django_riak_engine on your system (add sudo at beginning if not inside virtualenv):

$ easy_install django-riak-engine

Manual Download

You can manually download the source tarball from the Python Package Index by visiting the following URL:

You'll need to untar and gunzip the source, cd into the source directory, and then you can do the usual:

$ sudo python install

Checking the Source

Once installed, you can test the source code by executing this in your local source tree:

$ make check

That will run the test suite and report on ther successes and/or failures.


Setting up Django

Let's get started with a demo app:

$ startproject riakproj
$ cd riakproj
$ startapp riakapp

Configure the app to talk to a specific database in

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django_riak_engine.riak',
        'NAME': 'mydatabase',
        'USER': '',
        'PASSWORD': '',
        'HOST': 'localhost',
        'PORT': '8091',

Using the Database

Let's created a model:

from django.db import models

class Article(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length = 64)
    content = models.TextField()

And a quick view that exercises it:

from django.http import HttpResponse
from models import *

def testview(request):
  article = Article(title = 'test title',
    content = 'test content')

  return HttpResponse("<h1>Saved!</h1>")

Now let's use the Django Riak API:


To get a list of all articles:

articles = Article.objects.all()



Get the base unit tests set up.




All the implementation.


All the implementation.


Version 0.1

  • Initial release of django_riak_engine.
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