Source

django / docs / howto / legacy-databases.txt

=========================================
Integrating Django with a legacy database
=========================================

While Django is best suited for developing new applications, it's quite
possible to integrate it into legacy databases. Django includes a couple of
utilities to automate as much of this process as possible.

This document assumes you know the Django basics, as covered in the
:doc:`tutorial </intro/tutorial01>`.

Once you've got Django set up, you'll follow this general process to integrate
with an existing database.

Give Django your database parameters
====================================

You'll need to tell Django what your database connection parameters are, and
what the name of the database is. Do that by editing the :setting:`DATABASES`
setting and assigning values to the following keys for the ``'default'``
connection:

* :setting:`NAME`
* :setting:`ENGINE`
* :setting:`USER`
* :setting:`PASSWORD`
* :setting:`HOST`
* :setting:`PORT`

Auto-generate the models
========================

.. highlight:: bash

Django comes with a utility called :djadmin:`inspectdb` that can create models
by introspecting an existing database. You can view the output by running this
command::

    python manage.py inspectdb

Save this as a file by using standard Unix output redirection::

    python manage.py inspectdb > models.py

This feature is meant as a shortcut, not as definitive model generation. See the
:djadmin:`documentation of inspectdb <inspectdb>` for more information.

Once you've cleaned up your models, name the file ``models.py`` and put it in
the Python package that holds your app. Then add the app to your
:setting:`INSTALLED_APPS` setting.

Install the core Django tables
==============================

Next, run the :djadmin:`syncdb` command to install any extra needed database
records such as admin permissions and content types::

    python manage.py syncdb

Test and tweak
==============

Those are the basic steps -- from here you'll want to tweak the models Django
generated until they work the way you'd like. Try accessing your data via the
Django database API, and try editing objects via Django's admin site, and edit
the models file accordingly.
Tip: Filter by directory path e.g. /media app.js to search for public/media/app.js.
Tip: Use camelCasing e.g. ProjME to search for ProjectModifiedEvent.java.
Tip: Filter by extension type e.g. /repo .js to search for all .js files in the /repo directory.
Tip: Separate your search with spaces e.g. /ssh pom.xml to search for src/ssh/pom.xml.
Tip: Use ↑ and ↓ arrow keys to navigate and return to view the file.
Tip: You can also navigate files with Ctrl+j (next) and Ctrl+k (previous) and view the file with Ctrl+o.
Tip: You can also navigate files with Alt+j (next) and Alt+k (previous) and view the file with Alt+o.