An implementation of a ticketing model like the one described by Flickr.
Latest commit 6388383 May 20, 2015 @meastman meastman Bump version


An implementation of a Django model that returns tickets, as described in the Flickr blog post. Currently, requires MySQL and Django 1.6 or higher.


I uploaded it to PyPi, so you can grab it there if you'd like with

pip install django-ticketing

or install it with pip using the git address:

pip install

Then add ticketing to your INSTALLED\_APPS.


To use this, you can either use the model interface, or just the shortcut function defined in ticketing.models. That usage looks like this:

# Import the function
from ticketing.models import get_ticket
# Go get yourself a ticket
ticket = get_ticket()
# Boom. That just happened

This assumes you've had the single table that needs to be created in the DB, in other words, you have run syncdb or migrated with e.g. South.

Multiple Sequences

django-ticketing also supports multiple sequences, which allows to have sequences of tickets that are independent. This means you could have a sequence for users, a sequence for posts and a sequence for widgets. This is configured through your Django settings configuration.

Simply define a setting called TICKETING\_SEQUENCES with a tuple of sequence names that have to be valid table names. This defaults to the tuple ('default',). In addition, you can define the default sequence from which new tickets are taken from with the setting TICKETING_DEFAULT_SEQUENCE, which defaults to 'default'.

Note that TICKETING_DEFAULT_SEQUENCE has to be a sequence name that is defined inside of TICKETING\_SEQUENCES, otherwise an exception will be raised during setup.

So to have sequences for the above example, put the following lines in your

TICKETING_SEQUENCES = ('users', 'posts', 'widgets', )

Then, to get a ticket from a specific sequence, pass in the sequence name to get_ticket():

# Get yourself a user ticket
user_ticket = get_ticket('users')
# Get yourself another user ticket
user_ticket = get_ticket()
# Get yourself a posts ticket
post_ticket = get_ticket('posts')

Notice that the default sequence for get_ticket() is the value of the TICKETING_DEFAULT_SEQUENCE configuration variable.

Also, after you change the value of TICKETING_SEQUENCES, be sure to re-run syncdb to make sure the new tables are created (or whatever DB table creation you have in your environment).

Other Configuration Options

TICKETING_APP_LABEL: This is used to specify the prefix for all the DB tablenames. The default value is 'ticketing'. Be sure you know what you are doing when you change this.


There are some tests included. To run those tests, simply execute

[streeter] $ python
Ran 6 tests in 0.213s

[streeter] $

The test suite can run on all DB backends supported by Django. By default it runs using sqlite3. To run on MySQL, uncomment the marked section in, create a DB that Django can connect to and give the Django user permissions to create a new testing DB, e.g. by running the following commands:

mysql -u root -e "DROP DATABASE ticketing_test";
mysql -u root -e "CREATE DATABASE ticketing_test";
mysql -u root -e "GRANT ALL ON ticketing_test.* TO 'ticketing_test'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY ''"

Of course, you may need to change the host of the DB and user that connects, but you should get the idea.


Uses the MIT license.