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How to migrate Django from SQLite to PostgreSQL

How to migrate Django from SQLite to PostgreSQL

Dump existing data:

python3 manage.py dumpdata > datadump.json

Change settings.py to Postgres backend.

Make sure you can connect on PostgreSQL. Then:

python3 manage.py migrate --run-syncdb

Run this on Django shell to exclude contentype data

python3 manage.py shell
>>> from django.contrib.contenttypes.models import ContentType
>>> ContentType.objects.all().delete()
>>> quit()

Finally:

python3 manage.py loaddata datadump.json

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3034910/whats-the-best-way-to-migrate-a-django-db-from-sqlite-to-mysql

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ronaldlangeveld commented Apr 11, 2018

Thanks you! Used these steps to migrate my MySQL db to PSQL and it worked perfectly! :D cheers

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gamonsalve commented May 6, 2018

It is not working for me, when I run python3 manage.py migrate --run-syncdb, after change settings.py to Postgresql, I get the following Error: django.db.utils.ProgrammingError: relation "etl_categories" does not exist
Am I making a mistake?
SOLVED:
Yes I was making a mistake. Since some views and forms in my app use some Models, when I run "python manage.py migrate" the ERROR above appear. If you are having the same problem just delete or comment all your views, forms and urls that uses any model. Then Follow the steps (migrate, load again your data) and finally uncomment/restore your files.

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bjarnephys commented Jul 11, 2018

tables created, ok, but data were not inserted!

because datadump.json have no data user data

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Lapicher commented Jul 17, 2018

Thankssssss so much!!! this steps works to me too. To migrate from PostgreSQL to MSSQL Server. Works perfectly

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abitran commented Jul 18, 2018

This method didn't work for me. I encountered a lot of errors. Also loaddata will consume a lot of memory. What worked for me was to run sequel from ruby. Just run the commands:
gem install sequel
You will need to have installed on your system the devel packages for postgres , sqlite and ruby
Run the command:
gem install pg sqlite3
Create an empty database on postgresql, let's say testDB and assign a grant permission to a user
From the command prompt run:
sequel -C sqlite:///path/to/sqlitedb.db postgres://user:password@host/testDB
This will run with no errors.
Change the settings in your django project to work with the postgres database
Run
./manage migrate (not necessary)
Run the server

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gabrielponto commented Aug 18, 2018

To not found error when use loaddata to load fixture, exclude contenttype and auth.Permission modules. So the dump line will be:

python manage.py dumpdata --exclude=contenttypes --exclude=auth.Permission > datadump.json

I found this help on: https://coderwall.com/p/kogbla/django-fixture-dumpdata-loaddata-and-integrity-error

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AhtishamChishti commented Aug 29, 2018

Guys I am getting django.db.utils.IntegrityError can anyone please help.

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bnelson365 commented Dec 9, 2018

Thank you @gabriel, that worked for me

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mlazowik commented Jan 9, 2019

In case anyone runs into issues like object has no attribute '_something_cache': if you're using custom pre_save or post_save handlers you need to handle the raw=True case in them: https://stackoverflow.com/a/19600001 https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/2.0/ref/django-admin/#what-s-a-fixture

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aniagarwal97 commented Apr 17, 2019

Not working for me. I am getting this error

django.db.models.fields.related_descriptors.RelatedObjectDoesNotExist: Problem installing fixture '/home/ubuntu/news-manifest-master/datadump.json': Comment has no content_type.

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mbigatimothy commented May 15, 2019

Thanks a bunch. I followed this and it worked perfectly

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omidekz commented Aug 12, 2019

Thank YOU SO MUUUUUUUCH

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WilliamHH commented Sep 1, 2019

Indeed thank you for this post!

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AlanJui commented Sep 28, 2019

😍🤩🥳👍

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