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Backup and restore django database

Omonbude Emmanuel | July 27, 2023, 3:15 p.m.

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Introduction

In Django, managing database backups and restores is made easy with the built in loaddata and dumpdata management commands. These commands allow you to create backups of your database in a serialized format and restore them when needed. In this guide, we'll explore how to use loaddata and dumpdata effectively for backing up and restoring your Django database.

 

Prerequisites

Before proceeding, ensure you have the following:

  1. Django Project: A Django project set up and running.

Steps

1. Backup Database Using dumpdata

To create a backup of your Django database, use the dumpdata command:

python manage.py dumpdata > db.json

This command serializes the data from your database into JSON format and saves it to a file named db.json. The file can be located on the project folder (where manage.py file is located)

2. Restore Database Using loaddata

To restore your Django database from a backup file created with dumpdata, use the loaddata command:

python manage.py loaddata db.json 

This command loads the serialized data from the backup file (db.json) and populates the database with it, effectively restoring the database to its previous state.

Conclusion

Using Django's loaddata and dumpdata commands simplifies the process of backing up and restoring your database. By serializing the data into a portable format, you can easily create backups and restore them when needed, ensuring data integrity and minimizing downtime in case of emergencies or data loss incidents.

 

 

 

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