synopsis:Runs a script in the django context.


The runscript command lets you run an arbritrary set of python commands within the django context. It offers the same usability and functionality as running a set of commands in shell accessed by:

$ python shell

Getting Started

This example assumes you have followed the tutorial for Django 1.8+, and created a polls app containing a Question model. We will create a script that deletes all of the questions from the database.

To get started create a scripts directory in your project root, next to

$ mkdir scripts
$ touch scripts/

Note: The file is necessary so that the folder is picked up as a python package.

Next, create a python file with the name of the script you want to run within the scripts directory:

$ touch scripts/

This file must implement a run() function. This is what gets called when you run the script. You can import any models or other parts of your django project to use in these scripts.

For example:

# scripts/

from polls.models import Question

def run():
    # Fetch all questions
    questions = Question.objects.all()
    # Delete questions

Note: You can put a script inside a scripts folder in any of your apps too.


To run any script you use the command runscript with the name of the script that you want to run.

For example:

$ python runscript delete_all_questions

Note: The command first checks for scripts in your apps i.e. app_name/scripts folder and runs them before checking for and running scripts in the project_root/scripts folder. You can have multiple scripts with the same name and they will all be run sequentially.

Passing arguments

You can pass arguments from the command line to your script by passing a space separated list of values with --script-args. For example:

$ python runscript delete_all_questions --script-args staleonly

The list of argument values gets passed as arguments to your run() function. For example:

# scripts/
from datetime import timedelta

from django.utils import timezone

from polls.models import Question

def run(*args):
    # Get all questions
    questions = Question.objects.all()
    if 'staleonly' in args:
        # Only get questions more than 100 days old
        questions = questions.filter( - timedelta(days=100))
    # Delete questions


If an exception occurs you will not get a traceback by default. To get a traceback specify --traceback. For example:

$ python runscript delete_all_questions --traceback