Improved API for aggregating using Subquery
Django SQL Utils
This package provides utilities for working with Django querysets so that you can generate the SQL that you want, with an API you enjoy.
The Count aggregation in Django:
generates SQL like the following:
SELECT parent.*, Count(child.id) as child_count FROM parent JOIN child on child.parent_id = parent.id GROUP BY parent.id
In many cases, this is not as performant as doing the count in a SUBQUERY instead of with a JOIN:
SELECT parent.*, (SELECT Count(id) FROM child WHERE parent_id = parent.id) as child_count FROM parent
Django allows us to generate this SQL using The Subquery and OuterRef classes:
subquery = Subquery(Child.objects.filter(parent_id=OuterRef('id')).order_by() .values('parent').annotate(count=Count('pk')) .values('count'), output_field=IntegerField()) Parent.objects.annotate(child_count=Coalesce(subquery, 0))
Holy cow! It’s not trivial to figure what everything is doing in the above code and it’s not particularly good for maintenance. SubqueryAggregates allow you to forget all that complexity and generate the subquery count like this:
Phew! Much easier to read and understand. It’s the same API as the original Count just specifying the Subquery version.
Easier API for Exists
If you have a Parent/Child relationship (Child has a ForeignKey to Parent), you can annotate a queryset of Parent objects with a boolean indicating whether or not the parent has children:
from django.db.models import Exists parents = Parent.objects.annotate( has_children=Exists(Child.objects.filter(parent=OuterRef('pk')) )
That’s a bit more boilerplate than should be necessary, so we provide a simpler API for Exists:
from sql_util.utils import Exists parents = Parent.objects.annotate( has_children=Exists('child') )
The child queryset can be filtered with the keyword argument filter. E.g.,:
parents = Parent.objects.annotate( has_child_named_John = Exists('child', filter=Q(name='John')) )
The sql_util version of Exists can also take a queryset as the first parameter and behave just like the Django Exists class, so you are able to use it everywhere without worrying about name confusion.
Installation and Usage
Install from PyPI:
pip install django-sql-utils
Then you can:
from sql_util.utils import SubqueryCount
And use that as shown above.
In addition to SubqueryCount, this package provides
If you want to use other aggregates, you can use the generic SubqueryAggregate class. For example, if you want to use Postgres’ ArrayAgg to get an array of Child.name for each Parent:
from django.contrib.postgres.aggregates import ArrayAgg aggregate = SubqueryAggregate('child__name', aggregate=ArrayAgg) Parent.objects.annotate(child_names=aggregate)
Or subclass SubqueryAggregate:
from django.contrib.postgres.aggregates import ArrayAgg class SubqueryArrayAgg(SubqueryAggregate) aggregate = ArrayAgg unordered = True Parent.objects.annotate(avg_child_age=SubqueryArrayAgg('child__age'))
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