[Fixed]-Is there any way to use GUIDs in django?



I’d create a basic GUID Model in order to reuse it’s properties for any other models in my projects. Model inheritance is working nicely since several versions prior to Django 1.0 and is quite stable with Django 1.0.

Create something like project/common/models.py and place there this class:

import hashlib
import random
from django.db import models

class GUIDModel(models.Model):

    guid = models.CharField(primary_key=True, max_length=40)

    def save(self, *args, **kwargs):

      if not self.guid:
        self.guid = hashlib.sha1(str(random.random())).hexdigest()

      super(GUIDModel, self).save(*args, **kwargs)

Then create your other models as usual:

from common.models import GUIDModel

class Customer(GUIDModel):
  name = models.CharField(max_length=64)

class Product(GUIDModel):
  name = models.CharField(max_length=64)

class Sale(GUIDModel):
  customer = models.ForeignKey(Customer)
  product = models.ForeignKey(Product)
  items = models.PositiveIntegerField()

And everything should work nicely with GUIDs as primary keys instead of autoincremental integers.



Take a look at Django-extensions UUID Field



Old question, but for anybody using Django 1.8+ the built in UUIDField could come in handy.



Django has now included UUID Field in 1.8 and above.
A field for storing universally unique identifiers. Uses Python’s UUID class. When used on PostgreSQL, this stores in a uuid datatype, otherwise in a char(32).
This field is generally used as a primary key and here is how you can use it with models ->


import uuid
from django.db import models

class MyUUIDModel(models.Model):
    id = models.UUIDField(primary_key=True, default=uuid.uuid4, editable=False)
    # other fields
πŸ‘€Ajit Patil


If I do a python manage.py inspectdb the output is something like this:

class SomeModel(models.Model):
    uid = models.TextField(primary_key=True)

class SomeOtherModel(models.Model):
    uid = models.TextField()

This doesn’t work though. For whatever reason, this won’t work if uid is the primary key. So I change it to this:

class SomeModel(models.Model):
    uid = models.TextField()

class SomeOtherModel(models.Model):
    somemodel = models.ForeignKey(SomeModel, db_column='uid', to_field='uid')

This seems to work, but is painfully slow.

πŸ‘€Jason Baker


For those who actually need to generate GUIDs:

guid = hashlib.sha1(str(random.random())).hexdigest()
πŸ‘€Adam Nelson

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