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A Django file storage backend for files in the database.

Project Description

A Django file storage backend for files in the database.


The easiest way to install django-dbstorage is to use pip:

pip install django-dbstorage

Quick Start

In your Django settings file:

  • Add 'django-dbstorage' to INSTALLED_APPS
  • Set MEDIA_ROOT and MEDIA_URL to None.

Serving files

In your, add the following to urlpatterns:

url(r'^media/', include('django_dbstorage.urls'))

Or, if you want to specify more options, use:

url(r'^media/', include(django_dbstorage.urls.serve()))

You should set settings.MEDIA_URL to the root of this include, in this case: /media/.

If you do not wish to serve files from the database, don’t add anything to and set settings.MEDIA_URL to None.


DatabaseStorage takes several options. To customize, subclass it and use that as DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE. For instance:

class MyDatabaseStorage(DatabaseStorage):
    def __init__(self):
        super(MyDatabaseStorage, self).__init__(location='/tmp',

As a convenience, there is a NonUniquifyingDatabaseStorage class which does not attempt to find a unique filename when saving. This class throws an IOError with the EEXISTS status code, when attempting to _save().

This functionality is used by other packages, such as django-randomfilenamestorage.

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