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Django 提供多种方式控制数据库事务。


Django 默认的事务行为

Django 默认的事务行为是自动提交。除非事务正在执行,每个查询将会马上自动提交到数据库。 详见.

Django 自动使用事务或还原点,以确保需多次查询的 ORM 操作的一致性,特别是 delete()update() 操作.

由于性能原因,Django 的 TestCase 类同样将每个测试用事务封装起来。

连结事务与 HTTP 请求

在 Web 里,处理事务比较常用的方式是将每个请求封装在一个事务中。 在你想启用该行为的数据库中,把配置中的参数 ATOMIC_REQUESTS 设置为 True

它是这样工作的:在调用试图方法前,Django 先生成一个事务。如果响应能正常生成,Django 会提交该事务。而如果视图出现异常,Django 则会回滚该事务。

你可以在你的视图代码中使用还原点执行子事务,一般会使用 :func:`atomic 上下文管理器。但是,在视图结束时,要么所有的更改都被提交,要么所有的更改都不被提交。


While the simplicity of this transaction model is appealing, it also makes it
inefficient when traffic increases. Opening a transaction for every view has
some overhead. The impact on performance depends on the query patterns of your
application and on how well your database handles locking.

Per-request transactions and streaming responses

When a view returns a StreamingHttpResponse, reading
the contents of the response will often execute code to generate the
content. Since the view has already returned, such code runs outside of
the transaction.

Generally speaking, it isn’t advisable to write to the database while
generating a streaming response, since there’s no sensible way to handle
errors after starting to send the response.

In practice, this feature simply wraps every view function in the atomic()
decorator described below.

Note that only the execution of your view is enclosed in the transactions.
Middleware runs outside of the transaction, and so does the rendering of
template responses.

When ATOMIC_REQUESTS is enabled, it’s
still possible to prevent views from running in a transaction.


This decorator will negate the effect of ATOMIC_REQUESTS for a given view:

from django.db import transaction

def my_view(request):

def my_other_view(request):

It only works if it’s applied to the view itself.

Controlling transactions explicitly

Django provides a single API to control database transactions.

atomic(using=None, savepoint=True)[source]

Atomicity is the defining property of database transactions. atomic
allows us to create a block of code within which the atomicity on the
database is guaranteed. If the block of code is successfully completed, the
changes are committed to the database. If there is an exception, the
changes are rolled back.

atomic blocks can be nested. In this case, when an inner block
completes successfully, its effects can still be rolled back if an
exception is raised in the outer block at a later point.

atomic is usable both as a decorator:

from django.db import transaction

def viewfunc(request):
    # This code executes inside a transaction.

and as a context manager:

from django.db import transaction

def viewfunc(request):
    # This code executes in autocommit mode (Django's default).

    with transaction.atomic():
        # This code executes inside a transaction.

Wrapping atomic in a try/except block allows for natural handling of
integrity errors:

from django.db import IntegrityError, transaction

def viewfunc(request):

        with transaction.atomic():
    except IntegrityError:


In this example, even if generate_relationships() causes a database
error by breaking an integrity constraint, you can execute queries in
add_children(), and the changes from create_parent() are still
there. Note that any operations attempted in generate_relationships()
will already have been rolled back safely when handle_exception() is
called, so the exception handler can also operate on the database if

Avoid catching exceptions inside atomic!

When exiting an atomic block, Django looks at whether it’s exited
normally or with an exception to determine whether to commit or roll
back. If you catch and handle exceptions inside an atomic block,
you may hide from Django the fact that a problem has happened. This
can result in unexpected behavior.

This is mostly a concern for DatabaseError and its
subclasses such as IntegrityError. After such an
error, the transaction is broken and Django will perform a rollback at
the end of the atomic block. If you attempt to run database
queries before the rollback happens, Django will raise a
TransactionManagementError. You may
also encounter this behavior when an ORM-related signal handler raises
an exception.

The correct way to catch database errors is around an atomic block
as shown above. If necessary, add an extra atomic block for this
purpose. This pattern has another advantage: it delimits explicitly
which operations will be rolled back if an exception occurs.

If you catch exceptions raised by raw SQL queries, Django’s behavior
is unspecified and database-dependent.

You may need to manually revert model state when rolling back a transaction.

The values of a model’s fields won’t be reverted when a transaction
rollback happens. This could lead to an inconsistent model state unless
you manually restore the original field values.

For example, given MyModel with an active field, this snippet
ensures that the if check at the end uses the correct
value if updating active to True fails in the transaction:

from django.db import DatabaseError, transaction

obj = MyModel(active=False) = True
    with transaction.atomic():
except DatabaseError: = False


In order to guarantee atomicity, atomic disables some APIs. Attempting
to commit, roll back, or change the autocommit state of the database
connection within an atomic block will raise an exception.

atomic takes a using argument which should be the name of a
database. If this argument isn’t provided, Django uses the "default"

Under the hood, Django’s transaction management code:

  • opens a transaction when entering the outermost atomic block;
  • creates a savepoint when entering an inner atomic block;
  • releases or rolls back to the savepoint when exiting an inner block;
  • commits or rolls back the transaction when exiting the outermost block.

You can disable the creation of savepoints for inner blocks by setting the
savepoint argument to False. If an exception occurs, Django will
perform the rollback when exiting the first parent block with a savepoint
if there is one, and the outermost block otherwise. Atomicity is still
guaranteed by the outer transaction. This option should only be used if
the overhead of savepoints is noticeable. It has the drawback of breaking
the error handling described above.

You may use atomic when autocommit is turned off. It will only use
savepoints, even for the outermost block.

Performance considerations

Open transactions have a performance cost for your database server. To
minimize this overhead, keep your transactions as short as possible. This
is especially important if you’re using atomic() in long-running
processes, outside of Django’s request / response cycle.


Why Django uses autocommit

In the SQL standards, each SQL query starts a transaction, unless one is
already active. Such transactions must then be explicitly committed or rolled

This isn’t always convenient for application developers. To alleviate this
problem, most databases provide an autocommit mode. When autocommit is turned
on and no transaction is active, each SQL query gets wrapped in its own
transaction. In other words, not only does each such query start a
transaction, but the transaction also gets automatically committed or rolled
back, depending on whether the query succeeded.

PEP 249, the Python Database API Specification v2.0, requires autocommit to
be initially turned off. Django overrides this default and turns autocommit

To avoid this, you can deactivate the transaction management, but it isn’t recommended.

Deactivating transaction management

You can totally disable Django’s transaction management for a given database
by setting AUTOCOMMIT to False in its
configuration. If you do this, Django won’t enable autocommit, and won’t
perform any commits. You’ll get the regular behavior of the underlying
database library.

This requires you to commit explicitly every transaction, even those started
by Django or by third-party libraries. Thus, this is best used in situations
where you want to run your own transaction-controlling middleware or do
something really strange.

Performing actions after commit¶

Sometimes you need to perform an action related to the current database
transaction, but only if the transaction successfully commits. Examples might
include a Celery task, an email notification, or a cache invalidation.

Django provides the on_commit() function to register callback functions
that should be executed after a transaction is successfully committed:

on_commit(func, using=None)[source]

Pass any function (that takes no arguments) to on_commit():

from django.db import transaction

def do_something():
    pass  # send a mail, invalidate a cache, fire off a Celery task, etc.


You can also wrap your function in a lambda:

transaction.on_commit(lambda: some_celery_task.delay('arg1'))

The function you pass in will be called immediately after a hypothetical
database write made where on_commit() is called would be successfully

If you call on_commit() while there isn’t an active transaction, the
callback will be executed immediately.

If that hypothetical database write is instead rolled back (typically when an
unhandled exception is raised in an atomic() block), your function will
be discarded and never called.


Savepoints (i.e. nested atomic() blocks) are handled correctly. That is,
an on_commit() callable registered after a savepoint (in a nested
atomic() block) will be called after the outer transaction is committed,
but not if a rollback to that savepoint or any previous savepoint occurred
during the transaction:

with transaction.atomic():  # Outer atomic, start a new transaction

    with transaction.atomic():  # Inner atomic block, create a savepoint

# foo() and then bar() will be called when leaving the outermost block

On the other hand, when a savepoint is rolled back (due to an exception being
raised), the inner callable will not be called:

with transaction.atomic():  # Outer atomic, start a new transaction

        with transaction.atomic():  # Inner atomic block, create a savepoint
            raise SomeError()  # Raising an exception - abort the savepoint
    except SomeError:

# foo() will be called, but not bar()

Order of execution

On-commit functions for a given transaction are executed in the order they were

Exception handling

If one on-commit function within a given transaction raises an uncaught
exception, no later registered functions in that same transaction will run.
This is, of course, the same behavior as if you’d executed the functions
sequentially yourself without on_commit().

Timing of execution

Your callbacks are executed after a successful commit, so a failure in a
callback will not cause the transaction to roll back. They are executed
conditionally upon the success of the transaction, but they are not part of
the transaction. For the intended use cases (mail notifications, Celery tasks,
etc.), this should be fine. If it’s not (if your follow-up action is so
critical that its failure should mean the failure of the transaction itself),
then you don’t want to use the on_commit() hook. Instead, you may want
two-phase commit such as the psycopg Two-Phase Commit protocol support
and the optional Two-Phase Commit Extensions in the Python DB-API

Callbacks are not run until autocommit is restored on the connection following
the commit (because otherwise any queries done in a callback would open an
implicit transaction, preventing the connection from going back into autocommit

When in autocommit mode and outside of an atomic() block, the function
will run immediately, not on commit.

On-commit functions only work with autocommit mode
and the atomic() (or ATOMIC_REQUESTS) transaction API. Calling on_commit() when
autocommit is disabled and you are not within an atomic block will result in an

Use in tests

Django’s TestCase class wraps each test in a transaction
and rolls back that transaction after each test, in order to provide test
isolation. This means that no transaction is ever actually committed, thus your
on_commit() callbacks will never be run. If you need to test the results
of an on_commit() callback, use a
TransactionTestCase instead.

Why no rollback hook?

A rollback hook is harder to implement robustly than a commit hook, since a
variety of things can cause an implicit rollback.

For instance, if your database connection is dropped because your process was
killed without a chance to shut down gracefully, your rollback hook will never

The solution is simple: instead of doing something during the atomic block
(transaction) and then undoing it if the transaction fails, use
on_commit() to delay doing it in the first place until after the
transaction succeeds. It’s a lot easier to undo something you never did in the
first place!

Low-level APIs¶


Always prefer atomic() if possible at all. It accounts for the
idiosyncrasies of each database and prevents invalid operations.

The low level APIs are only useful if you’re implementing your own
transaction management.


Django provides a straightforward API in the django.db.transaction
module to manage the autocommit state of each database connection.

set_autocommit(autocommit, using=None)[source]

These functions take a using argument which should be the name of a
database. If it isn’t provided, Django uses the "default" database.

Autocommit is initially turned on. If you turn it off, it’s your
responsibility to restore it.

Once you turn autocommit off, you get the default behavior of your database
adapter, and Django won’t help you. Although that behavior is specified in
PEP 249, implementations of adapters aren’t always consistent with one
another. Review the documentation of the adapter you’re using carefully.

You must ensure that no transaction is active, usually by issuing a
commit() or a rollback(), before turning autocommit back on.

Django will refuse to turn autocommit off when an atomic() block is
active, because that would break atomicity.


A transaction is an atomic set of database queries. Even if your program
crashes, the database guarantees that either all the changes will be applied,
or none of them.

Django doesn’t provide an API to start a transaction. The expected way to
start a transaction is to disable autocommit with set_autocommit().

Once you’re in a transaction, you can choose either to apply the changes
you’ve performed until this point with commit(), or to cancel them with
rollback(). These functions are defined in django.db.transaction.


These functions take a using argument which should be the name of a
database. If it isn’t provided, Django uses the "default" database.

Django will refuse to commit or to rollback when an atomic() block is
active, because that would break atomicity.


A savepoint is a marker within a transaction that enables you to roll back
part of a transaction, rather than the full transaction. Savepoints are
available with the SQLite (≥ 3.6.8), PostgreSQL, Oracle and MySQL (when using
the InnoDB storage engine) backends. Other backends provide the savepoint
functions, but they’re empty operations — they don’t actually do anything.

Savepoints aren’t especially useful if you are using autocommit, the default
behavior of Django. However, once you open a transaction with atomic(),
you build up a series of database operations awaiting a commit or rollback. If
you issue a rollback, the entire transaction is rolled back. Savepoints
provide the ability to perform a fine-grained rollback, rather than the full
rollback that would be performed by transaction.rollback().

When the atomic() decorator is nested, it creates a savepoint to allow
partial commit or rollback. You’re strongly encouraged to use atomic()
rather than the functions described below, but they’re still part of the
public API, and there’s no plan to deprecate them.

Each of these functions takes a using argument which should be the name of
a database for which the behavior applies. If no using argument is
provided then the "default" database is used.

Savepoints are controlled by three functions in django.db.transaction:


Creates a new savepoint. This marks a point in the transaction that is
known to be in a “good” state. Returns the savepoint ID (sid).

savepoint_commit(sid, using=None)[source]

Releases savepoint sid. The changes performed since the savepoint was
created become part of the transaction.

savepoint_rollback(sid, using=None)[source]

Rolls back the transaction to savepoint sid.

These functions do nothing if savepoints aren’t supported or if the database
is in autocommit mode.

In addition, there’s a utility function:


Resets the counter used to generate unique savepoint IDs.

The following example demonstrates the use of savepoints:

from django.db import transaction

# open a transaction
def viewfunc(request):
    # transaction now contains

    sid = transaction.savepoint()
    # transaction now contains and

    if want_to_keep_b:
        # open transaction still contains and
        # open transaction now contains only

Savepoints may be used to recover from a database error by performing a partial
rollback. If you’re doing this inside an atomic() block, the entire block
will still be rolled back, because it doesn’t know you’ve handled the situation
at a lower level! To prevent this, you can control the rollback behavior with
the following functions.

set_rollback(rollback, using=None)[source]

Setting the rollback flag to True forces a rollback when exiting the
innermost atomic block. This may be useful to trigger a rollback without
raising an exception.

Setting it to False prevents such a rollback. Before doing that, make sure
you’ve rolled back the transaction to a known-good savepoint within the current
atomic block! Otherwise you’re breaking atomicity and data corruption may

Database-specific notes¶

Savepoints in SQLite

While SQLite ≥ 3.6.8 supports savepoints, a flaw in the design of the
sqlite3 module makes them hardly usable.

When autocommit is enabled, savepoints don’t make sense. When it’s disabled,
sqlite3 commits implicitly before savepoint statements. (In fact, it
commits before any statement other than SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE,
DELETE and REPLACE.) This bug has two consequences:

  • The low level APIs for savepoints are only usable inside a transaction ie.
    inside an atomic() block.
  • It’s impossible to use atomic() when autocommit is turned off.

Transactions in MySQL

If you’re using MySQL, your tables may or may not support transactions; it
depends on your MySQL version and the table types you’re using. (By
“table types,” we mean something like “InnoDB” or “MyISAM”.) MySQL transaction
peculiarities are outside the scope of this article, but the MySQL site has
information on MySQL transactions.

If your MySQL setup does not support transactions, then Django will always
function in autocommit mode: statements will be executed and committed as soon
as they’re called. If your MySQL setup does support transactions, Django
will handle transactions as explained in this document.

Handling exceptions within PostgreSQL transactions


This section is relevant only if you’re implementing your own transaction
management. This problem cannot occur in Django’s default mode and
atomic() handles it automatically.

Inside a transaction, when a call to a PostgreSQL cursor raises an exception
(typically IntegrityError), all subsequent SQL in the same transaction
will fail with the error “current transaction is aborted, queries ignored
until end of transaction block”. While simple use of save() is unlikely
to raise an exception in PostgreSQL, there are more advanced usage patterns
which might, such as saving objects with unique fields, saving using the
force_insert/force_update flag, or invoking custom SQL.

There are several ways to recover from this sort of error.

Transaction rollback

The first option is to roll back the entire transaction. For example: # Succeeds, but may be undone by transaction rollback
try: # Could throw exception
except IntegrityError:
    transaction.rollback() # Succeeds, but may have been undone

Calling transaction.rollback() rolls back the entire transaction. Any
uncommitted database operations will be lost. In this example, the changes
made by would be lost, even though that operation raised no error

Savepoint rollback

You can use savepoints to control
the extent of a rollback. Before performing a database operation that could
fail, you can set or update the savepoint; that way, if the operation fails,
you can roll back the single offending operation, rather than the entire
transaction. For example: # Succeeds, and never undone by savepoint rollback
sid = transaction.savepoint()
try: # Could throw exception
except IntegrityError:
    transaction.savepoint_rollback(sid) # Succeeds, and is never undone

In this example, will not be undone in the case where raises an exception.

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