Use Django ORM as standalone

Recently I had to write a tools which acts on data stored in a database managed by Django. As I didn’t want to implement the whole logic around the database I opted to use the Django ORM in my external tool.

In an earlier version I used:

import os
os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'settings'

to configure Django with my But recently I found a better solution in the excellent Django Documentation.

They use:

from django.conf import settings

This is a much cleaner way where we don’t need to mess with the systems environment variable.