[Fixed]-Django: dynamic database file


The django.db.connections is a simple wrapper around DATABASES defined in your settings. The wrapper class is here:

from django.db import connections

# Add connection information dynamically..
connections.databases['new-alias'] = { ... }
# Ensure the remaining default connection information is defined.
# EDIT: this is actually performed for you in the wrapper class __getitem__
# method.. although it may be good to do it when being initially setup to
# prevent runtime errors later.
# connections.databases.ensure_defaults('new-alias')

# Use the new connection
conn = connections['new-alias']


You can register database in DATABASES settings.

from your_project import settings
database_id = "unqique_name"
new_database = {}
new_database["id"] = database_id
new_database['ENGINE'] = 'django.db.backends.sqlite3'
new_database['NAME'] = '/project/data/db_%s.sql' % database_id
new_database['USER'] = ''
new_database['PASSWORD'] = ''
new_database['HOST'] = ''
new_database['PORT'] = ''
settings.DATABASES[database_id] = new_database

You can but you shouldn’t.


Assuming the only engine used is SQLite and the location of the (only) database file is what varies, provide a callable to the NAME:

def get_db_loc():
    # code to determine filesystem location of database
    return location

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
        'NAME': get_db_loc(),
        # More config goes here

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