Django app not able to find database engine when engine is specified

I have tried everything I can think of to run my initial migrations using python manage.py migrate and get my django app up. I am currently getting this error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "manage.py", line 24, in <module>
    execute_from_command_line(sys.argv)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/core/management/__init__.py", line 381, in execute_from_command_line
    utility.execute()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/core/management/__init__.py", line 375, in execute
    self.fetch_command(subcommand).run_from_argv(self.argv)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/core/management/base.py", line 323, in run_from_argv
    self.execute(*args, **cmd_options)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/core/management/base.py", line 364, in execute
    output = self.handle(*args, **options)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/core/management/commands/dbshell.py", line 22, in handle
    connection.client.runshell()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/django/db/backends/dummy/base.py", line 20, in complain
    raise ImproperlyConfigured("settings.DATABASES is improperly configured. "
django.core.exceptions.ImproperlyConfigured: settings.DATABASES is improperly configured. Please supply the ENGINE value. Check settings documentation for more details.

But this is the DATABASES var in my settings.py file:

DATABASES = {
    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
        'NAME': os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'db.sqlite3'),
    }
}
  • The db.sqlite3 file is at the location specified in the 'NAME' key.
  • The app folder is in a subdirectory and uniquely named.
  • The BASE_DIR var is constructed correctly and not causing the location string in the NAME key to be malformed.
  • The models.py file is in the /app folder subdirectory.

I am completely out of ideas on how to get this to work and considering giving up on making this project altogether.

In case it helps here is my project tree

.
└── randoplant
    ├── db.sqlite3
    ├── __init__.py
    ├── manage.py
    ├── __pycache__
    │   └── __init__.cpython-38.pyc
    └── randoplant_app
        ├── admin.py
        ├── __init__.py
        ├── models.py
        ├── plant.py
        ├── __pycache__
        │   ├── admin.cpython-38.pyc
        │   ├── __init__.cpython-38.pyc
        │   ├── models.cpython-38.pyc
        │   ├── settings.cpython-38.pyc
        │   └── urls.cpython-38.pyc
        ├── settings.py
        ├── urls.py
        └── wsgi.py

Please help. I am running Django version 2.2.12 and I am in a WSL shell.

the problem is the name, you should do the following:

DATABASES = {
    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
        'NAME': 'db.sqlite3',
    }
}

instead of giving a path to the database in the name field and it will automatically create a DB file for you, You can read the DATABASES settings in the official documentation for more information.

I have checked your project folder and is organized as recommended try using the setting below or code below in your settings file:

DATABASES = {
    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
        'NAME': BASE_DIR / 'db.sqlite3',
    }
}

Make sure that he BASE_DIR is defined in your settings file and imported the path library as below:-

from pathlib import Path
# Build paths inside the project like this: BASE_DIR / 'subdir'.
BASE_DIR = Path(__file__).resolve().parent.parent

But if you insist on using your previous database configuration file please make sure that the os and path module are imported.

I wound up copying out the code that I had in my project and re-initializing my project from the ground up.

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