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A simple re-usable Django application for sending and receiving messages from within django.

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A simple re-usable Django application for storing messages from within django that should support both Python 2 and 3. It only uses admin and ORM, no external-facing templates or pages.

To start, just puts them in a database. Eventually, might add ways to send them other places as well (email, message queue, etc.).



  • You already have a django project, and your database is configured and tested. If you don't, see the django tutorial for instructions on creating a django project.
  • You are using a virtualenv, such that you don't have to run pip as root. If not, add sudo in front of pip commands, or open a shell as root.


  • install python_utilites in your django project:

      pip install python-utilities-jsm
  • install django_config and its requirements in your django project:

      pip install django-basic-config
  • install this project. Either:

    • install using pip:

        pip install django-basic-messages
    • or install from source:

        cd <django_project_directory>
        git clone
        pip install -r ./django_messages/requirements.txt


Update so that taggit, django_config and django_messages are in your INSTALLED_APPS. Use the new-style syntax for django_config - 'django_config.apps.Django_ConfigConfig', and django_messages - 'django_messages.apps.DjangoMessagesConfig'. The result should look like:

    # Uncomment the next line to enable the admin:
    # Uncomment the next line to enable admin documentation:
    # 'django.contrib.admindocs',


To create and retrieve messages:

# django_messages imports
from django_messages.models import Message

# set up message values
application = "unit_test"
message = "test message"
message_type = "test message type"
label = "test"
status = Message.STATUS_NEW
tag_list = [ "awesome", "test" ]

# create instance
# make instance
message_instance = Message.create_message( message,
                                           message_type_IN = message_type,
                                           application_IN = application,
                                           label_IN = label,
                                           tag_list_IN = tag_list,
                                           status_IN = status )

# get all messages
message_qs = Message.objects.all()

# get message for application
message_qs = message_qs.filter( application = application )
message_instance = message_qs.get()


In your django project folder, run the migrate command to create database table(s) for newly installed application(s):

python migrate


The sourcenet project has a small but growing set of unit tests that once can auto-run. These tests use django's testing framework, built on top of the Python unittest package.

Unit tests


Database configuration

In order to run unit tests, your database configuration in will need to be connecting to the database with a user who is allowed to create databases. When django runs unit tests, it creates a test database, then deletes it once testing is done.

  • NOTE: This means the database user you use for unit testing SHOULD NOT be the user you'd use in production. The production database user should not be able to do anything outside a given database.

Running unit tests

In your django project folder, run the test command to run unit tests for this project:

python test django_messages.tests


Copyright 2020 Jonathan Morgan

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