Applications can register their own actions with
manage.py. For example,
you might want to add a
manage.py action for a Django app that you’re
distributing. In this document, we will be building a custom
command for the
polls application from the
To do this, just add a
management/commands directory to the application.
Django will register a
manage.py command for each Python module in that
directory whose name doesn’t begin with an underscore. For example:
polls/ __init__.py models.py management/ __init__.py commands/ __init__.py _private.py closepoll.py tests.py views.py
In this example, the
closepoll command will be made available to any project
that includes the
polls application in
_private.py module will not be available as a management command.
closepoll.py module has only one requirement – it must define a class
Command that extends
BaseCommand or one of its
Custom management commands are especially useful for running standalone scripts or for scripts that are periodically executed from the UNIX crontab or from Windows scheduled tasks control panel.
To implement the command, edit
look like this:
from django.core.management.base import BaseCommand, CommandError from polls.models import Question as Poll class Command(BaseCommand): help = 'Closes the specified poll for voting' def add_arguments(self, parser): parser.add_argument('poll_id', nargs='+', type=int) def handle(self, *args, **options): for poll_id in options['poll_id']: try: poll = Poll.objects.get(pk=poll_id) except Poll.DoesNotExist: raise CommandError('Poll "%s" does not exist' % poll_id) poll.opened = False poll.save() self.stdout.write(self.style.SUCCESS('Successfully closed poll "%s"' % poll_id))
When you are using management commands and wish to provide console
output, you should write to
instead of printing to
stderr directly. By
using these proxies, it becomes much easier to test your custom
command. Note also that you don’t need to end messages with a newline
character, it will be added automatically, unless you specify the
self.stdout.write("Unterminated line", ending='')
The new custom command can be called using
python manage.py closepoll
handle() method takes one or more
poll_ids and sets
False for each one. If the user referenced any nonexistent polls, a
CommandError is raised. The
poll.opened attribute does not exist in
the tutorial and was added to
polls.models.Question for this example.
Accepting optional arguments¶
closepoll could be easily modified to delete a given poll instead
of closing it by accepting additional command line options. These custom
options can be added in the
add_arguments() method like this:
class Command(BaseCommand): def add_arguments(self, parser): # Positional arguments parser.add_argument('poll_id', nargs='+', type=int) # Named (optional) arguments parser.add_argument( '--delete', action='store_true', dest='delete', help='Delete poll instead of closing it', ) def handle(self, *args, **options): # ... if options['delete']: poll.delete() # ...
The option (
delete in our example) is available in the options dict
parameter of the handle method. See the
argparse Python documentation
for more about
In addition to being able to add custom command line options, all
management commands can accept some default options
Management commands and locales¶
By default, the
BaseCommand.execute() method deactivates translations
because some commands shipped with Django perform several tasks (for example,
user-facing content rendering and database population) that require a
project-neutral string language.
If, for some reason, your custom management command needs to use a fixed locale,
you should manually activate and deactivate it in your
handle() method using the functions provided by the I18N
from django.core.management.base import BaseCommand, CommandError from django.utils import translation class Command(BaseCommand): ... def handle(self, *args, **options): # Activate a fixed locale, e.g. Russian translation.activate('ru') # Or you can activate the LANGUAGE_CODE # chosen in the settings: from django.conf import settings translation.activate(settings.LANGUAGE_CODE) # Your command logic here ... translation.deactivate()
Another need might be that your command simply should use the locale set in
settings and Django should be kept from deactivating it. You can achieve
it by using the
When working on the scenarios described above though, take into account that system management commands typically have to be very careful about running in non-uniform locales, so you might need to:
- Make sure the
USE_I18Nsetting is always
Truewhen running the command (this is a good example of the potential problems stemming from a dynamic runtime environment that Django commands avoid offhand by deactivating translations).
- Review the code of your command and the code it calls for behavioral differences when locales are changed and evaluate its impact on predictable behavior of your command.
Information on how to test custom management commands can be found in the testing docs.
Django registers the built-in commands and then searches for commands in
INSTALLED_APPS in reverse. During the search, if a command name
duplicates an already registered command, the newly discovered command
overrides the first.
In other words, to override a command, the new command must have the same name
and its app must be before the overridden command’s app in
Management commands from third-party apps that have been unintentionally
overridden can be made available under a new name by creating a new command in
one of your project’s apps (ordered before the third-party app in
INSTALLED_APPS) which imports the
Command of the overridden
The base class from which all management commands ultimately derive.
Use this class if you want access to all of the mechanisms which parse the command-line arguments and work out what code to call in response; if you don’t need to change any of that behavior, consider using one of its subclasses.
BaseCommand class requires that you implement the
All attributes can be set in your derived class and can be used in
A short description of the command, which will be printed in the help message when the user runs the command
python manage.py help <command>.
If your command defines mandatory positional arguments, you can customize the message error returned in the case of missing arguments. The default is output by
argparse(“too few arguments”).
A boolean indicating whether the command outputs SQL statements; if
True, the output will automatically be wrapped with
COMMIT;. Default value is
A boolean; if
True, the command prints a warning if the set of migrations on disk don’t match the migrations in the database. A warning doesn’t prevent the command from executing. Default value is
A boolean; if
True, the entire Django project will be checked for potential problems prior to executing the command. Default value is
A boolean indicating whether the locale set in settings should be preserved during the execution of the command instead of translations being deactivated.
Default value is
Make sure you know what you are doing if you decide to change the value of this option in your custom command if it creates database content that is locale-sensitive and such content shouldn’t contain any translations (like it happens e.g. with
django.contrib.authpermissions) as activating any locale might cause unintended effects. See the Management commands and locales section above for further details.
An instance attribute that helps create colored output when writing to
stderr. For example:
See Syntax coloring to learn how to modify the color palette and to see the available styles (use uppercased versions of the “roles” described in that section).
If you pass the
--no-coloroption when running your command, all
self.style()calls will return the original string uncolored.
BaseCommand has a few methods that can be overridden but only
handle() method must be implemented.
Implementing a constructor in a subclass
If you implement
__init__ in your subclass of
you must call
class Command(BaseCommand): def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs): super().__init__(*args, **kwargs) # ...
Entry point to add parser arguments to handle command line arguments passed to the command. Custom commands should override this method to add both positional and optional arguments accepted by the command. Calling
super()is not needed when directly subclassing
Returns the Django version, which should be correct for all built-in Django commands. User-supplied commands can override this method to return their own version.
Tries to execute this command, performing system checks if needed (as controlled by the
requires_system_checksattribute). If the command raises a
CommandError, it’s intercepted and printed to stderr.
Calling a management command in your code
execute() should not be called directly from your code to execute a
The actual logic of the command. Subclasses must implement this method.
It may return a string which will be printed to
check(app_configs=None, tags=None, display_num_errors=False)[source]¶
Uses the system check framework to inspect the entire Django project for potential problems. Serious problems are raised as a
CommandError; warnings are output to stderr; minor notifications are output to stdout.
None, all system checks are performed.
tagscan be a list of check tags, like
A management command which takes one or more installed application labels as arguments, and does something with each of them.
Rather than implementing
handle(), subclasses must
handle_app_config(), which will be called once for
Perform the command’s actions for
app_config, which will be an
AppConfiginstance corresponding to an application label given on the command line.
A management command which takes one or more arbitrary arguments (labels) on the command line, and does something with each of them.
Rather than implementing
handle(), subclasses must implement
handle_label(), which will be called once for each label.
A string describing the arbitrary arguments passed to the command. The string is used in the usage text and error messages of the command. Defaults to
Perform the command’s actions for
label, which will be the string as given on the command line.
Exception class indicating a problem while executing a management command.
If this exception is raised during the execution of a management command from a command line console, it will be caught and turned into a nicely-printed error message to the appropriate output stream (i.e., stderr); as a result, raising this exception (with a sensible description of the error) is the preferred way to indicate that something has gone wrong in the execution of a command.
If a management command is called from code through
call_command(), it’s up to you to catch the
exception when needed.