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Django with Postgres

Hello there 👋🏻, fellow Django enthusiast! So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and dive into the world of databases with your Django app. You want the reliability and power of Postgres to back your project, and you’re in the right place. I’m here to guide you through this process with a touch of humor and a whole lot of detail.


First things first, before we embark on this adventure, let’s ensure you have everything you need:

  • Django installed (if not, pip install django)
  • Postgres installed (if not, check out the official website)

Step 1: Create Your Django App

If you haven’t yet kicked off your Django project, do it now. Open your terminal, use the django-admin command, and create your project.

django-admin startproject yourprojectname

Step 2: Configure Django Settings

Navigate to your file within your project directory. Find the DATABASES section and configure it to use Postgres.

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql',
        'NAME': 'yourdatabase',
        'USER': 'yourusername',
        'PASSWORD': 'yourpassword',
        'HOST': 'localhost',
        'PORT': '',

Pro tip: If you’re like me and keep forgetting passwords, write it down but don’t stick it on your monitor!

Step 3: Create the Postgres Database

Open your terminal and fire up Postgres.

psql postgres

Now, let’s create your database.

CREATE DATABASE yourdatabase;

You can replace yourdatabase with whatever name you gave in your Django settings.

Step 4: Migrate Your Django Models

Back in your terminal, let’s run those magical Django commands.

python makemigrations
python migrate

If all goes well, your models will now be chilling in your Postgres database.

Step 5: Test Your Setup

Now comes the thrilling moment of truth. Fire up your Django development server.

python runserver

Head to your browser and type If all goes smoothly, congratulations! You’ve successfully configured Django with Postgres.


You’ve made it! Your Django app is now happily dancing with Postgres. Remember, databases might seem intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, they’re like the dependable sidekick to your superhero Django skills.

So go ahead, tinker with your models, create migrations, and build something awesome. And if you run into any trouble, remember: Google and Stack Overflow are your best friends!

Until next time, happy coding and may your database queries always return what you expect (and more)! 🐍🐘✨