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Automatically generate reasonable database entries for your app

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Django-Scaffolding creates pseudo-real-world placeholder data for your app. Data can be any type like names, cities, images and instances of your models. It’s not a mocking framework, it creates real django model instances.


Create a module within your app directory which contains the Scaffolding classes.


class Entry(models.Model):
    first_name = models.CharField('First Name', max_length=32)
    last_name = models.CharField('Last Name', max_length=32)
    comment = models.TextField('Comment')
    image = models.ImageField(upload_to='uploads/%Y/%m/%d', blank=True, null=True)
    contest = models.ForeignKey(Contest)


import scaffolding
from import FlickrInteresting

class EntryScaffold(object):
    first_name = scaffolding.FirstName(max_length=32)
    last_name = scaffolding.LastName(max_length=32)
    comment = scaffolding.LoremIpsum(paragraphs=1)
    contest = scaffolding.ForeignKey(queryset=Contest.objects.filter(name='testcontest'))
    image = scaffolding.RandomInternetImage(backend=FlickrInteresting)

scaffolding.register(Entry, EntryScaffold)

Mind the syntax for ForeignKey fields. You can assign an integer to the field but make sure the element with the corresponding key does exist. Of course you can also assign an object to the FK field.

To use the flickr library you need to have the Flickr API: installed.

Run the management command to create the data: scaffold myapp.MyModel 20

The number stands for the number of entries to be created.

Using scaffolding in the interpreter or in views

You can try out the included classes or your own modules in the shell. All classes are generators (called Tubes) that generate the values for the fields. start ./ shell:

>>> from scaffolding import *
>>> r = RandInt(min=1, max=5)

>>> n = Name(gender='m')
[u'Ethan Schmid']
[u'Michael Schneider']

Included Tubes


Generates a random name. <gender> can be ‘male’, ‘female’, ‘m’ or ‘f’.

FirstName and LastName

Generates only first or last name. Takes the gender attribute as well.


Generates a Lorem Ipsum Text. The number of paragraphs is defined in paragraphs.


Generates a random integer between min and max.


Takes a queryset and iterates through it. Assigns the item as ForeignKey to the field. Wraps around if there are not enough items.


The same for nullable ForeignKeys. split is the weight for positives. 0.2 yields 80% None.


Creates a random image for an ImageField using an internet source. A Flickr ‘Daily Interesting images’ grabber is included.


Creates a random date between startdate and enddate. startdate and enddate have to be instances.


Returns a name of a US city and state. e.g. “New York, NY”.


Creates a book title. This is a python implementation of the Random Title Generator.


Creates a linkable to URL from a list of about 10000 URLs.


Creates a random email. Parameters are length and domain.


Returns True


Returns False


Randomly returns true or false. You can set a ratio for true or false by specifying true or false: e.g. false=3 returns 3 times as many False than Trues.


Takes one argument value and assigns it to the field.


Takes a list (not an iterable) as its lst argument and returns an element from it. You can use this for choice fields as well:

[c[0] for c in MyModel.MYCHOICES]

Every Value

Takes an iterable as its values argument and loops through them in order.


This is a special tube that takes another tube as its first argument. It assigns a value from the passed class or None. This is useful for nullable fields. You can pass the arguments for the wrapped class as arguments to the OrNone class. There is one additional argument: split. This defines a ratio of useful to None. A ratio of 0.2 will give you 80% None.


The same as OrNone, but uses a blank string instead of None. Ideal for text fields that have blank=True.


Crates a Custom Object. The backend class is the first parameter. The backend class has to inherit from Tube:

user = scaffolding.Contrib(FacebookTestUser, app_name='contest')


Creates a Facebook User from the test users pool of the Facebook app. If there aren’t enough test users new ones are automatically created. This requires the django-facebook-graph API.

The module is in external.facebook_graph.

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