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Round-robin multidb router for Django.

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multidb provides two Django database routers useful in primary-replica database deployments.


With multidb.ReplicaRouter all read queries will go to a replica database; all inserts, updates, and deletes will go to the default database.

First, define REPLICA_DATABASES in your settings. It should be a list of database aliases that can be found in DATABASES:

    'default': {...},
    'shadow-1': {...},
    'shadow-2': {...},
REPLICA_DATABASES = ['shadow-1', 'shadow-2']

Then put multidb.ReplicaRouter into DATABASE_ROUTERS:

DATABASE_ROUTERS = ('multidb.ReplicaRouter',)

The replica databases will be chosen in round-robin fashion.

If you want to get a connection to a replica in your app, use multidb.get_replica:

from django.db import connections
import multidb

connection = connections[multidb.get_replica()]


In some applications, the lag between the primary database receiving a write and its replication to the replicas is enough to cause inconsistency for the end user. For example, imagine a scenario with 1 second of replication lag. If a user makes a forum post (to the primary) and then is redirected to a fully-rendered view of it (from a replica) 500ms later, the view will fail. If this is a problem in your application, consider using multidb.PinningReplicaRouter. This router works in combination with multidb.middleware.PinningRouterMiddleware to assure that, after writing to the default database, future reads from the same user agent are directed to the default database for a configurable length of time.


PinningRouterMiddleware identifies database writes primarily by request type, assuming that requests with HTTP methods that are not GET, TRACE, HEAD, or OPTIONS are writes. You can indicate that any view writes to the database by using the multidb.db_write decorator. This will cause the same result as if the request were, e.g., a POST.

You can also manually set response._db_write = True to indicate that a write occurred. This will not result in using the default database in this request, but only in the next request.


To use PinningReplicaRouter, put it into DATABASE_ROUTERS in your settings:

DATABASE_ROUTERS = ('multidb.PinningReplicaRouter',)

Then, install the middleware. It must be listed before any other middleware which performs database writes:

    ...more middleware here...

PinningRouterMiddleware attaches a cookie to any user agent who has just written. The cookie should be set to expire at a time longer than your replication lag. By default, its value is a conservative 15 seconds, but it can be adjusted like so:


If you need to change the name of the cookie, use the MULTIDB_PINNING_COOKIE setting:

MULTIDB_PINNING_COOKIE = 'multidb_pin_writes'

You may also set the ‘Secure’, ‘HttpOnly’, and ‘SameSite’ cookie attributes by using the following settings. These settings are based on Django’s settings for the session and CSRF cookies:


Note: the ‘SameSite’ attribute is only available on django 2.1 and higher.


multidb.pinning.use_primary_db is both a context manager and a decorator for wrapping code to use the primary database. You can use it as a context manager:

from multidb.pinning import use_primary_db

with use_primary_db:

or as a decorator:

from multidb.pinning import use_primary_db

def func(*args, **kw):
    """Touches the primary database."""

Running the Tests

To run the tests, you’ll need to install the development requirements:

pip install -r requirements.txt
./ test

Alternatively, you can run the tests with several versions of Django and Python using tox:

$ pip install tox

$ tox

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