Configuration

The following configuration values exist for Flask-SQLAlchemy. Flask-SQLAlchemy loads these values from your main Flask config which can be populated in various ways. Note that some of those cannot be modified after the engine was created so make sure to configure as early as possible and to not modify them at runtime.

Configuration Keys

A list of configuration keys currently understood by the extension:

SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI

The database URI that should be used for the connection. Examples:

  • sqlite:////tmp/test.db
  • mysql://username:password@server/db
SQLALCHEMY_BINDS A dictionary that maps bind keys to SQLAlchemy connection URIs. For more information about binds see Multiple Databases with Binds.
SQLALCHEMY_ECHO If set to True SQLAlchemy will log all the statements issued to stderr which can be useful for debugging.
SQLALCHEMY_RECORD_QUERIES Can be used to explicitly disable or enable query recording. Query recording automatically happens in debug or testing mode. See get_debug_queries() for more information.
SQLALCHEMY_NATIVE_UNICODE Can be used to explicitly disable native unicode support. This is required for some database adapters (like PostgreSQL on some Ubuntu versions) when used with inproper database defaults that specify encoding-less databases.
SQLALCHEMY_POOL_SIZE The size of the database pool. Defaults to the engine’s default (usually 5)
SQLALCHEMY_POOL_TIMEOUT Specifies the connection timeout for the pool. Defaults to 10.
SQLALCHEMY_POOL_RECYCLE Number of seconds after which a connection is automatically recycled. This is required for MySQL, which removes connections after 8 hours idle by default. Note that Flask-SQLAlchemy automatically sets this to 2 hours if MySQL is used.
SQLALCHEMY_MAX_OVERFLOW Controls the number of connections that can be created after the pool reached its maximum size. When those additional connections are returned to the pool, they are disconnected and discarded.
SQLALCHEMY_COMMIT_ON_TEARDOWN Commit session when the app context is torn down, unless there was an exception.

New in version 0.8: The SQLALCHEMY_NATIVE_UNICODE, SQLALCHEMY_POOL_SIZE, SQLALCHEMY_POOL_TIMEOUT and SQLALCHEMY_POOL_RECYCLE configuration keys were added.

New in version 0.12: The SQLALCHEMY_BINDS configuration key was added.

New in version 0.17: The SQLALCHEMY_MAX_OVERFLOW configuration key was added.

Connection URI Format

For a complete list of connection URIs head over to the SQLAlchemy documentation under (Supported Databases). This here shows some common connection strings.

SQLAlchemy indicates the source of an Engine as a URI combined with optional keyword arguments to specify options for the Engine. The form of the URI is:

dialect+driver://username:password@host:port/database

Many of the parts in the string are optional. If no driver is specified the default one is selected (make sure to not include the + in that case).

Postgres:

postgresql://scott:tiger@localhost/mydatabase

MySQL:

mysql://scott:tiger@localhost/mydatabase

Oracle:

oracle://scott:tiger@127.0.0.1:1521/sidname

SQLite (note the four leading slashes):

sqlite:////absolute/path/to/foo.db

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