A Django model-based File Storage

View the Project on GitHub dperetti/Django-SmartDBStorage

SmartDBStorage is a File Storage for Django that stores files in the database using Django Models.

When the attachments or images are as important as the other data, you may want to store them in the database for better integrity and consistency.

For example, this is specially useful to store original pictures which are displayed using sorl thumbnail.

Advantages : everything at the same place, no more broken links, better flexibility. Disadvantages : performance, overall data usage.




In your, add 'south' (if you don't use it already) and 'smartdbstorage' to your INSTALLED_APPS:


From the command line:

./ syncdb
./ migrate smartdbstorage

In, it's a good idea to set global defaults:

SMARTDBSTORAGE_SERVE_DIRECTLY = False  # when accessed from the web files are either served directly or extracted to another file storage

In your, add the following:

(r'^some_prefix/', include('smartdbstorage.urls', namespace='smart_db_storage')),

This allows to serve files directly from the database if needed.

Example usage

Simply specify a SmartDBStorage instance where you want to use it:

class Article(models.Model):
    text = models.TextField()
    image = ImageField(upload_to='articles_images', storage=SmartDBStorage())

You can override defaults like this:

class Article(models.Model):
    text = models.TextField()
    image = ImageField(upload_to='articles_images', storage=SmartDBStorage(option=dict(extraction_storage=FileSystemStorage())))