Using an existing, external database for tests


This example shows how you can connect to an existing database and use it for your tests. This example is trivial, you just need to disable all of pytest-django and Django’s test database creation and point to the existing database.

This is achieved by simply implementing a no-op django_db_setup fixture.

Put this into

# DATABASE_URL=postgresql://<username>:<password>@XX.0.XX.XX:5432/db_intranet

import pytest
from django.conf import settings

def django_db_setup():
    settings.DATABASES["default"] = {
        "ENGINE": "django.db.backends.postgresql",
        # Test database
        "HOST": "XX.0.XX.XX",
        "NAME": "db_intranet",