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django-odbc is a SQL Server DB backend powered by the pyodbc library

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Django ODBC

django-odbc is a SQL Server DB backend powered by the pyodbc library. pyodbc is a mature, viable way to access SQL Server from Python in multiple platforms and is actively maintained. It's also used by SQLAlchemy for SQL Server connections.


Using pip

$ pip install django-odbc


     'default': {
         'ENGINE': "django_odbc",
         'HOST': ",1433",
         'USER': "mssql_user",
         'PASSWORD': "mssql_password",
         'NAME': "database_name",
         'OPTIONS': {
             'host_is_server': True
python -c 'import pyodbc; print(pyodbc.connect("DSN=foobar_mssql_data_source_name;UID=foo;PWD=bar").cursor().execute("select 1"))'


NAME String. Database name. Required.

HOST String. SQL Server instance in server\instance or ip,port format.

PORT String. SQL Server port.

USER String. Database user name. If not given then MS Integrated Security will be used.

PASSWORD String. Database user password.

OPTIONS Dictionary. Current available keys:

  • driver

    String. ODBC Driver to use. Default is "SQL Server" on Windows and "FreeTDS" on other platforms.

  • dsn

    String. A named DSN can be used instead of HOST.

  • autocommit

    Boolean. Indicates if pyodbc should direct the the ODBC driver to activate the autocommit feature. Default value is False.

  • MARS_Connection

    Boolean. Only relevant when running on Windows and with SQL Server 2005 or later through MS SQL Server Native client driver (i.e. setting driver to "SQL Server Native Client 11.0"). See Default value is False.

  • host_is_server

    Boolean. Only relevant if using the FreeTDS ODBC driver under Unix/Linux.

    By default, when using the FreeTDS ODBC driver the value specified in the HOST setting is used in a SERVERNAME ODBC connection string component instead of being used in a SERVER component; this means that this value should be the name of a dataserver definition present in the freetds.conf FreeTDS configuration file instead of a hostname or an IP address.

    But if this option is present and it's value is True, this special behavior is turned off.

    See for more information.

  • extra_params

    String. Additional parameters for the ODBC connection. The format is "param=value;param=value".

  • collation

    String. Name of the collation to use when performing text field lookups against the database. For Chinese language you can set it to "Chinese_PRC_CI_AS". The default collation for the database will be used if no value is specified.

  • encoding

    String. Encoding used to decode data from this database. Default is 'utf-8'.

  • driver_needs_utf8

    Boolean. Some drivers (FreeTDS, and other ODBC drivers?) don't support Unicode yet, so SQL clauses' encoding is forced to utf-8 for those cases.

    If this option is not present, the value is guessed according to the driver set.

  • limit_table_list

    Boolean. This will restrict the table list query to the dbo schema.

  • openedge

    Boolean. This will trigger support for Progress Openedge

  • left_sql_quote , right_sql_quote

    String. Specifies the string to be inserted for left and right quoting of SQL identifiers respectively. Only set these if django-pyodbc isn't guessing the correct quoting for your system.

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