1. Luke Plant
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django / docs / transactions.txt

Managing database transactions

Django gives you a few ways to control how database transactions are managed,
if you're using a database that supports transactions.

Django's default transaction behavior

Django's default behavior is to commit automatically when any built-in,
data-altering model function is called. For example, if you call
``model.save()`` or ``model.delete()``, the change will be committed

This is much like the auto-commit setting for most databases. As soon as you
perform an action that needs to write to the database, Django produces the
``INSERT``/``UPDATE``/``DELETE`` statements and then does the ``COMMIT``.
There's no implicit ``ROLLBACK``.

Tying transactions to HTTP requests

The recommended way to handle transactions in Web requests is to tie them to
the request and response phases via Django's ``TransactionMiddleware``.

It works like this: When a request starts, Django starts a transaction. If the
response is produced without problems, Django commits any pending transactions.
If the view function produces an exception, Django rolls back any pending

To activate this feature, just add the ``TransactionMiddleware`` middleware to
your ``MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES`` setting::


The order is quite important. The transaction middleware applies not only to
view functions, but also for all middleware modules that come after it. So if
you use the session middleware after the transaction middleware, session
creation will be part of the transaction.

An exception is ``CacheMiddleware``, which is never affected. The cache
middleware uses its own database cursor (which is mapped to its own database
connection internally).

Controlling transaction management in views

For most people, implicit request-based transactions work wonderfully. However,
if you need more fine-grained control over how transactions are managed, you
can use Python decorators to change the way transactions are handled by a
particular view function.

.. note::

    Although the examples below use view functions as examples, these
    decorators can be applied to non-view functions as well.


Use the ``autocommit`` decorator to switch a view function to Django's default
commit behavior, regardless of the global transaction setting.


    from django.db import transaction

    def viewfunc(request):

Within ``viewfunc()``, transactions will be committed as soon as you call
``model.save()``, ``model.delete()``, or any other function that writes to the


Use the ``commit_on_success`` decorator to use a single transaction for
all the work done in a function::

    from django.db import transaction

    def viewfunc(request):

If the function returns successfully, then Django will commit all work done
within the function at that point. If the function raises an exception, though,
Django will roll back the transaction.


Use the ``commit_manually`` decorator if you need full control over
transactions. It tells Django you'll be managing the transaction on your own.

If your view changes data and doesn't ``commit()`` or ``rollback()``, Django
will raise a ``TransactionManagementError`` exception.

Manual transaction management looks like this::

    from django.db import transaction

    def viewfunc(request):
        # You can commit/rollback however and whenever you want

        # But you've got to remember to do it yourself!

.. admonition:: An important note to users of earlier Django releases:

    The database ``connection.commit()`` and ``connection.rollback()`` methods
    (called ``db.commit()`` and ``db.rollback()`` in 0.91 and earlier) no longer
    exist. They've been replaced by ``transaction.commit()`` and

How to globally deactivate transaction management

Control freaks can totally disable all transaction management by setting
``DISABLE_TRANSACTION_MANAGEMENT`` to ``True`` in the Django settings file.

If you do this, Django won't provide any automatic transaction management
whatsoever. Middleware will no longer implicitly commit transactions, and
you'll need to roll management yourself. This even requires you to commit
changes done by middleware somewhere else.

Thus, this is best used in situations where you want to run your own
transaction-controlling middleware or do something really strange. In almost
all situations, you'll be better off using the default behavior, or the
transaction middleware, and only modify selected functions as needed.

Transactions in MySQL

If you're using MySQL, your tables may or may not support transactions; it
depends on your MySQL version and the table types you're using. (By
"table types," we mean something like "InnoDB" or "MyISAM".) MySQL transaction
peculiarities are outside the scope of this article, but the MySQL site has
`information on MySQL transactions`_.

If your MySQL setup does *not* support transactions, then Django will function
in auto-commit mode: Statements will be executed and committed as soon as
they're called. If your MySQL setup *does* support transactions, Django will
handle transactions as explained in this document.

.. _information on MySQL transactions: http://dev.mysql.com/books/mysqlpress/mysql-tutorial/ch10.html