how you can set up the Database in Django

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Django | Set up Database

We need to edit the file present in the project, which contains all the settings related to the project.

By default Django comes with an SQLite database; The  SQLite database is available in the project after running the migrations commands:

python makemigrations
python migrate

SQLite database is available as a file on your system. Moreover, the name should be as a fully absolute or exact path along with the file name of the particular file.

The setting for SQLite database is already configured in the Django project, here is the sample code:

     'default': {
          'ENGINE' : 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
          'NAME' : os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'db.sqlite3'),


if your database choice is different then you need to follow certain keys in the DATABASE like default items to match database connection settings.

  • Engines: These are some engines for different databases:
    • ‘django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2’,
    • ‘django.db.backends.sqlite3’,
    • ‘’,
    • ‘django.db.backends.mysql’, and so on.
  • Name: This represents the name of your own database. 
  • if we are not using SQLite database then additional settings such as password, user, and the host must be added.


    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql',
        'HOST': 'DB_HOST',
        'NAME': 'DB_NAME',
        'USER': 'DB_USER',
        'PASSWORD': 'DB_PASS',


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