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This django Migration Operation can be used to transfer a fields default value to the database scheme.

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Django Add Default Value

Django Migration Operation that can be used to transfer a field's default value to the database scheme.

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  • MySQL (or compatible)
  • PostgreSQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server


pip install django-add-default-value

You can then use AddDefaultValue in your migration file to transfer the default values to your database. Afterwards, it's just the usual ./ migrate.


Add this manually to a autogenerated Migration, that adds a new field::



Given the following migration::

operations = [
        field=models.CharField(default='my_default', max_length=255),

Modify the migration to add a default value::

+from django_add_default_value import AddDefaultValue
 operations = [
         field=models.CharField(default='my_default', max_length=255),
+    AddDefaultValue(
+        model_name='my_model',
+        name='my_field',
+        value='my_default'
+    )

If you check python sqlmigrate [app name] [migration], you will see that the default value now gets set.


First of all, thank you very much for contributing to this project. Please base your work on the master branch and target master in your pull request.

There are a few packages needed on the host system. For ubuntu the following commands will install these

apt-get install freetds-dev unixodbc-dev tdsodbc

Then add the following text to /etc/odbcinst.ini:

Description=FreeTDS unixODBC Driver

To succesfully use the dbshell management command (very useful for debugging), the client binaries for the respective database engines are needed.

Then install pipenv. Edit the Pipfile to select your Django version and the accompanying MS-SQL driver. Make sure you don't commit this change in any pull request - we always set it to the oldest supported version.

Once you've updated the Pipfile, run pipenv install --python 3 --dev. You should now have a working development environment as a virtualenv. To access it, run pipenv shell or prefix commands with pipenv run. For more information see the pipenv documentation.


Copy the relevant sample settings file in test_project to the file without .sample in it. Adjust the values to match your environment (or match your environment to the values).

You should now be able to run the tests using tox. Select your environment when needed, using the -e command line flag. See Tox's excellent documentation.


  • 0.1: Better and maintainable packaging
  • 0.3: Tests work with tox. Supported platforms / versions frozen
  • 0.5: Solid tests integrated with Travis or similar CI pipeline
  • 0.9: Final API changes preparing for 1.0
  • 1.0: API freeze


django-add-default-value is released under the Apache 2.0 License.

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