Sometimes you need to run a custom SQL query and return results that do not correspond to your model or make SQL queries to UPDATE or DELETE directly on a database.
– make a specific SELECT query and return a list of rows which are dictionaries (not objects of a model)
– make UPDATE or DELETE queries
use connection object from from django.db as follows:
SELECT with raw SQL
In case when you have a model and want to make a SELECT query and return a list of objects of your model you can do like this:
persons = Person.objects.raw(“SELECT * FROM mytablename WHERE .. GROUP BY .. ORDER BY ..”)
Sometimes, we want to invoke a SELECT query against your databse and return a generic list of rows that do not correspond to your model.
The following example shows how to retrieve a list of dictionaries with keys for the column values.
This code example is based on this: http://blog.doughellmann.com/2007/12/using-raw-sql-in-django.html