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Custom Database Storage for Django

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Warning: In many cases, storing files in the database is a BAD idea. Your database will easily become bloated and the performance can degrade rapidly. See this StackExchange post for more information.

This is a custom storage backend for storing files in the database instead of the file system and is a drop-in replacement for Django’s FileSystemStorage. Some benefits of this application:

  • no changes needed to existing models, it just works (and if it doesn’t, open a ticket!)
  • django-admin is implemented and can be used to search, upload, download and manage files
  • 100% code coverage with unit tests


  • Python (2.7, 3.4, 3.5)
  • Django (1.8, 1.9)


Installation using pip:

$ pip install django-db-storage


# Add 'dbstorage' to INSTALLED_APPS


# Choose a root url for uploaded files
MEDIA_URL = '/media/'


urlpatterns = [

Run database migrations

$ python migrate

How to Use

No modification are needed for models to work properly.

def user_directory_path(instance, filename):
    return 'user_{0}/{1}'.format(, filename)

class MyModel(models.Model):

    file_field1 = models.FileField()
    file_field2 = models.FileField(upload_to='uploads/%Y/%m/%d/')
    file_field3 = models.FileField(upload_to=user_directory_path)

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