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A Django model is a table in your database.

Django Models

Up until now in this tutorial, output has been static data from Python or HTML templates.

Now we will see how Django allows us to work with data, without having to change or upload files in the prosess.

In Django, data is created in objects, called Models, and is actually tables in a database.

Create Table (Model)

To create a model, navigate to the file in the /members/ folder.

Open it, and add a Member table by creating a Member class, and describe the table fields in it:


from django.db import models

class Member(models.Model):
  firstname = models.CharField(max_length=255)
  lastname = models.CharField(max_length=255)

The first field, firstname, is a Text field, and will contain the first name of the members.

The second field, lastname, is also a Text field, with the member's last name.

Both firstname and lastname is set up to have a maximum of 255 characters.

SQLite Database

When we created the Django project, we got an empty SQLite database.

It was created in the my_tennis_club root folder, and has the filename db.sqlite3.

By default, all Models created in the Django project will be created as tables in this database.


Now when we have described a Model in the file, we must run a command to actually create the table in the database.

Navigate to the /my_tennis_club/ folder and run this command:

py makemigrations members

Which will result in this output:

Migrations for 'members':
    - Create model Member

(myworld) C:\Users\Your Name\myworld\my_tennis_club>

Django creates a file describing the changes and stores the file in the /migrations/ folder:


# Generated by Django 4.1.2 on 2022-10-27 11:14

from django.db import migrations, models

class Migration(migrations.Migration):

    initial = True

    dependencies = [

    operations = [
                ('id', models.BigAutoField(auto_created=True, primary_key=True, serialize=False, verbose_name='ID')),
                ('firstname', models.CharField(max_length=255)),
                ('lastname', models.CharField(max_length=255)),

Note that Django inserts an id field for your tables, which is an auto increment number (first record gets the value 1, the second record 2 etc.), this is the default behavior of Django, you can override it by describing your own id field.

The table is not created yet, you will have to run one more command, then Django will create and execute an SQL statement, based on the content of the new file in the /migrations/ folder.

Run the migrate command:

Which will result in this output:

Operations to perform:
  Apply all migrations: admin, auth, contenttypes, members, sessions
Running migrations:
  Applying members.0001_initial... OK

(myworld) C:\Users\Your Name\myworld\my_tennis_club>

Now you have a Member table in you database!

View SQL

As a side-note: you can view the SQL statement that were executed from the migration above. All you have to do is to run this command, with the migration number:

py sqlmigrate members 0001

Which will result in this output:

-- Create model Member
CREATE TABLE "members_member" ("id" integer NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY AUTOINCREMENT, "firstname" varchar(255) NOT NULL, "lastname" varchar(255) NOT NULL); COMMIT;