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Creating Fixtures from Within Tests

February 3, 2009

Django gives you a ‘dumpdata’ target which will create a fixture from all the records in your schema. For what we wanted, this was overkill. We had an existing unit test which was creating data in one test, and it was just the right amount of data for what we wanted. After searching through the Django codebase, it became clear that we could pass the objects we had in that test straight to the JSON serializer, and write the output to file. This ended up looking something like this:-

from django.core.serializers import json
serializer = json.Serializer()
objectsToSerialize =
with open('my_fixture.json','w') as f:
. f.write(serializer.serialize(objectsToSerialize, indent=4))

And that’s it! You can also spin up a shell, using:-

python manage.py shell

and load the data you want to create fixtures from if you don’t have any tests that create the data you want already.

By: Chris Tarttelin

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