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A toolset for monitoring django commands through FireBase.

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Django Command Monitoring


Django Command Monitoring is a tool that logs the progress of django commands. It writes the progress into FireBase where you can then read and do whatever you want with the data. Currently it keeps the log of the last 100 iterations for each command to avoid overuse of Firebase database.

Currently supports:

  • Django>=1.11
  • Python 2 & 3

How to install

Package installation


  • pip install django-command-monitor
  • pip install git+

Set up environment

In your django settings file you have to include your FireBase credentials and the FireBase folder that identifies your project.

For your FireBase credentials:

    'API_KEY': '<your FireBase API key>',
    'DOMAIN': '<your FireBase domain>',
    'NAME': '<your FireBase name>',
    'PROJECT_ID': '<your FireBase project id>',
    'SENDER_ID': '<your FireBase sender id>'

For your FireBase folder:

FIREBASE_MONITORING_KEY = 'monitor-myapp-production'

How to run with django-command-monitoring

When you are done setting up the only thing you have to do is to include the tool and use MonitoredCommand class instead of Django's BaseCommand

from django_command_monitor import monitor

class Command(monitor.MonitoredCommand):

Settings variables and command inputs

  • To disable the command monitoring feature for one command for development runs you can include the input --disable_monitor as argument in your command

  • If you want to disable the monitoring in the testing env, you can add a variable in your testing settings: TESTING=True

  • To set the time between each ping set the following variable in settings FIREBASE_MONITORING_INTERVAL_PING=<secs>, where <secs> is integer, default is 30 seconds.

  • To disable the monitoring for the entire project set the variable in settings FIREBASE_MONITORING_RUN=False

After installation

Your data in FireBase will look like this:

                "<the name of your command with arguments>":{
                                      "finished": "<DATETIME>",
                                      "id": "<COMMAND ID>",
                                      "latest": "<DATETIME>",
                                      "message": "<MESSAGE>",
                                      "name": "<COMMAND NAME>",
                                      "params": "<PARAMETERS>",
                                      "started": "<DATETIME>",
                                      "status": "<STATUS>",
                                      "exception_type": "<EXCEPTION AS STRING>"
                "<another command>":{"...":"..."}

First of all the name of the FireBase table is the same as the one in settings FIREBASE_TABLE. Under the key commands all the commands that have ran under the monitor.MonitoredCommand are listed there.

Each command is identified by its name along side with its parameters i.e. when running python test_command --verbosity=2 the command name is transformed to test_command__verbosity_2.

Under each command there is the key log that contains a list of all runs of this command with the respective details

For each log it keeps the following data:

  • id: the identifier of the command(for now is the same as the key of the command mentioned above)
  • name : The name of the command i.e. when running python test_command --verbossity=2 the name is test_command
  • status: the status of the command
    • STARTED : The command has just started
    • RUNNING : The command currently running
    • FINISHED : The command has naturally finished
    • FAILED : There was an error when running the command. message holds the error message and exception_type holds the type of the exception
    • SYSTEM_KILL: The command is killed by the system i.e. Heroku restarts the dyno based on the given interval. This status is assigned when the same command starts a new cycle and the previous log has status RUNNING, meaning the command is forced to stop before writing to FireBase
  • started : The datetime of when the process started
  • finished: The datetime of when the process finished. If the process is not yet finished the value is None
  • latest: The datetime of the latest ping. The process is running under a thread where it pings to FireBase under a time interval
  • message: The message of the failed command
  • exception_type : The type of the exception when the command failed
  • params: The parameters of the command i.e. python test_command --verbosity=2 goes to verbosity=2. Multiple parameters are comma separated

Finally the <DATETIME> format is as follows: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.(float)Z


  • Handle the timeouts on FireBase, with at least 3 times retry
  • Add support for other command classes other than BaseCommand

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