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A mixin for logging and debugging Django queries

Project Description

Query Logger is a Django mixin class for logging duplicate or slow queries, query execution time, and total execution time. It’s useful for debugging specific areas of your code, and since its a mixin, it can be added to any class (class based views, django rest framework serializers, celery tasks, etc), and turned on or off based on any logic.

The logic for detecting duplicate queries and finding long running queries, as well as the structure of the project and even this readme, are all inspired by (and in many cases copied over) from Django Query Inspector (which unfortunately only works as a middleware, which was not what I needed), which can be found here.

Works with Django (1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9) and Python (2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5).

Example log output:

[SQL] 17 queries (4 duplicates), 34 ms SQL time, 243 ms total request time

The duplicate queries can also be shown in the log:

[SQL] repeated query (6x): SELECT "customer_role"."id",
    "customer_role"."contact_id", "customer_role"."name"
    FROM "customer_role" WHERE "customer_role"."contact_id" = ?

The duplicate queries are detected by ignoring any integer values in the SQL statement. The reasoning is that most of the duplicate queries in Django are due to results not being cached or pre-fetched properly, so Django needs to look up related fields afterwards. This lookup is done by the object ID, which is in most cases an integer.

The heuristic is not 100% precise so it may have some false positives or negatives, but is a very good starting point for most Django projects.

For each duplicate query, the Python traceback can also be shown, which may help with identifying why the query has been executed:

File "/vagrant/api/", line 178, in get
    return self.serialize(self.object_qs)
File "/vagrant/customer/", line 131, in serialize
    return serialize(objs, include=includes)
File "/vagrant/customer/", line 258, in serialize_contact
    lambda obj: [ for r in obj.roles.all()]),
File "/vagrant/customer/", line 258, in <lambda>
    lambda obj: [ for r in obj.roles.all()]),


Install from the Python Package Index:

pip install django-query-logger

And thats it. You can import the mixin with:

from query_logger import DatabaseQueryLoggerMixin

Any class can start and stop the debugger using the start_query_logging and stop_query_logging methods. The logs are actually output when you call stop_query_logging.

class SomeClass(DatabaseQueryLoggerMixin):
    def go_stuff(self):
        # ... do some queries
        # ... You can keep doing more stuff, if you want, no more queries will get logged

Add it to any class, such as a Django Rest Framework serializer, and begin using it. You can even turn it on and off based on your own logic, so it doesnt run all the time:

from django.core.cache import cache
from rest_framework import serializers
from query_logger import DatabaseQueryLoggerMixin
from .models import MyModel

class MySerializer(serlializers.ModelSerializer, DatabaseQueryLoggerMixin):
    model = MyModel

    def save(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        if cache.get(
        # ... stuff happens here, remember to turn it off when your done

Update your logging configuration so the output from the query_logger app shows up:

    'handlers': {
        'console': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'class': 'logging.StreamHandler',

    'loggers': {
        'query_logger': {
            'handlers': ['console'],
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'propagate': True,


The behaviour of Django Query Logger can be fine-tuned via the following settings variables:

LOG_QUERY_DATABASE_CONNECTION = 'default'  # Change this if you want to log from a different db connection
LOG QUERY_DUPLICATE_QUERIES = True  # Turn this off if you dont want to see duplicate query logs
LOG_QUERY_TRACEBACKS = False  # Include the traceback in your query logs. Useful if your not sure where
                              # queries are coming from. Caution: turning this on everywhere can be a
                              # performance issue
LOG_QUERY_TIME_ABSOLUTE_LIMIT = 1000  # This is the time in milliseconds to log a long running query.
                                      # Set to 0 for no long running query logging

Dynamic Configuration

In addition to the settings available above, you can turn these config options on and off at run time. I have done this to, for example, only turn on tracebacks for a specific user. Just pass an options dict like this to the start_query_logging() function. Note: not all of these have to be defined, it will fall back on the defaults if there is a missing config option.

configuration_dict = {
    'connection_name': 'default'  # The name of the db connection to log
    'log_duplicate_queries': True  # Log the duplicate SQL queries
    'log_tracebacks': False  # Include the tracebacks for all the queries
    'log_long_running_time': 1000  # Log long running time for this many milliseconds


To run tests just use tox command (

tox  # for all supported python and django versions

If you need you can run tox just for single environment, f.i.:

tox -e py27_django17

For available test environments refer to tox.ini file.

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