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Simple django key-value store

Project description

Django Keyval is a very basic key-value store that uses Django’s database backend. Other than django and the standard python function pickle, there are no dependencies. Django Keyval does not rely on a browser, it has no views. Django Keyval provides a simple way to store settings and temporary values in your Django app that are persistent between requests, without having to deal with running an external server such as redis. The drawback, compared to redis, is that it is much slower and less flexible.

A typical usage example is:

from django_keyval.models import KeyVal

kv = KeyVal('store_name_1')
kv.set(key1, value1)
value2 = kv.get(key2)
kv.disconnect() # prevents further access

Why yet another key value store?

Two reasons:

  1. I needed something simple and most of the ones I found were either very complex, or had external dependencies that I did not want to worry about.
  2. (The real reason) I needed a simple project to learn about packaging, pypi, git, virtualenv, etc.

More Detail

Django KeyVal stores key-value pairs in a store, where the key and the store name can be any string. Because Django Keyval uses the standard Python Pickle function, the value can be any python type that can be pickled.

Connecting and disconnecting

In order to prevent clashes between different packages/functions using the same key, you first need to connect to a store name. Make sure you choose a unique name. The name can be any Python string.

Before you can store or retrieve any values, you need to connect to a store:

kv = KeyVal.connect(store_name)

Which is equivalent to kv = KeyVal(store_name). Once you are done with this store you can disconnect to prevent further access:


You can have multiple stores connected at once. Note: Any operations on kv after disconnection result in a NameError, except for flush_all()


Setting a value for a key is as simple as:

kv.set(key, value)

If that key already has a value, it is silently overwritten. If you want to detect that, the return value is a boolean that indicates whether the key was new (True) or overwritten (False).


There are several ways to get a value of a key:

  • Use get if you are sure a key exists, it raises an exception if not:

    value = kv.get(key)
  • Use get_default to provide a default value and/or to prevent exceptions:

    value = kv.get_default(key, default_value)

If you want to retrieve a value and then delete it, you can use pop or pop_default, they work identically to get and get_default.

Checking if a key exists

If you just need to know if a key exists, without retrieving the value, the exists method can be used. This is just a convenience method, because it is no more efficient than retrieving:

if kv.exists(key):


A key-value pair is deleted by using:


If the key does not exist a KeyError is raised, if you want to ignore errors, use the ignore_keyerror argument:

deleted = kv.delete(key, ignore_keyerror=True)

If the key existed, the return value is True, else False. For deleting all key-value pairs in one name, use:


This will not raise exceptions if no key-values exist in name

To delete all key-value pairs in the database, use:


Note that kv.flush_all() also works, provided kv is an instance of KeyVal.

Django Admin & Command line

For testing and debugging purposes the kv store can be accessed from the Django Admin site. If you have no server running, or you are using Django KeyVal stand-alone, you can use the command line to access the database, by running the following commands:

$python keyval -c set -n name -k key -V value
$python keyval -c get -n name -k key
$python keyval -c del -n name -k key

Note the capital V to avoid conflict with -verbose.

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