There are two models Groups and Students and only one table for Groups of them, the Students table was deleted.

How to make Django recreate the deleted table? If I do makemigrations it prints “No changes detected”.

On admin page when I click on the Students table it throws an exception:

relation "students_students" does not exist

In django 1.7 you can try:

1. Delete your migrations folder

2. In the database: DELETE FROM django_migrations WHERE app = 'app_name'.
   You could alternatively just truncate this table.

3. python makemigrations

4. python migrate --fake

If you are working in django 1.9.5 this is the 100 % solution for this problem:

1. Delete your migrations folder

2. In the database: DELETE FROM django_migrations WHERE app = 'app_name'.
   You could alternatively just truncate this table.

3. python makemigrations app_name

4. python migrate

This works 100% for me!

There isn’t an easy way to get Django to recreate a table that you have deleted manually. Once your database is altered manually, Django’s view of the database (from migrations) is different from reality, and it can be tricky to fix.

If you run the sqlmigrate command, it will show you the required SQL to create the table. You can run the sql in a database shell. Assuming your app name is students, and the migration that created the table was, you would do:

./ sqlmigrate students 00XX_create_students

Be careful if there are foreign keys to or from the students table, the constraints will have to be created as well.

The only way that worked for me:

rm -r <app-name>/migrations/
python makemigrations <app-name>
python sqlmigrate <app-name> 0001_initial

Copy what it prints out (or, depending on what you have actually removed from the DB, only part of the SQL queries).

Apply those copied queries to your DB:

psql -U user_name -h database_name

Paste what you have copied from the SQL queries printout.

Commit the queries.

And that’s it – your missing tables are created.

Jan 2021

I had a migration problem and I had to drop/delete a table by pgadmin. Then, when I makemigrations and migrate the table wasn’t recreated. In this way, I’ve found this procedure which worked for me:

python migrate --fake app_name zero 
python migrate app_name


  • If you don’t have the intended migration file, create that before the above commands by python makemigrations
  • If you don’t want to roll back to the initial(zero) state use the number of migration file instead of zero, e.g. python migrate --fake myappname 0005
  • I tested this approach in Django 2.2

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Delete the migration folder from your migration app folder and simply run the migration commands:

  1. python3 makemigrations appname
  2. python3 migrate

I just deleted my migrations folder, dropped the whole database, then i made migration for the app

python3 makemigration 
python3 migrate

and it came back.

Rename the deleted table name to some_new_name in the and run:

python3 makemigration
python3 migrate

again rename the some_new_name table to the original name and run

python3 makemigration
python3 migrate

finally, go to the dbshell and drop the table some_new_name

The answer that worked for me is as follows:

Assume in your database a table of a model has been deleted and you need to re-create, then do the following.

  • comment out the model in that creates the table that has been deleted (either the model class or a line that creates a table like a = models.ManyToManyField(...))

  • run: python makemigrations <app-name>, where <app-name> is the name of of the app where you have

  • run: python migrate --fake <app-name>

  • un-comment the model in

  • run: python makemigrations <app-name>

  • run: python migrate <app-name> (without the –fake)

and you the table should be back in the database. But any data that was in the table will be lost.

I create table manualy and it helps.

For Django 1.10.4
I deleted the db.sqlite3 file from the project folder and then ran the following commands:

  1. python makemigrations app_name
  2. python migrate

Django 1.11.2 using MariaDB, accidental drop of database table.
To recreate table, try the following:
1/ Delete all except for in your app/migrations directory
2/ select * from django_migrations; delete from django_migrations where app = ‘yourapp’;
3/ Check your model is good and run: python makemigrations
4/ python migrate

Works for me!

Django 3.1.3

After deleting a database table directly in postgresql – a related table in an app.

The solution from Airstriker worked for me.
Thank you!

if you have created your classes and performed the migration operation, and then you want to add items to your classes, empty the migration folder with this command beforehand.
In Django 3, I proceeded according to the following steps and it worked 100%

  1. python makemigrations appname --empty
  2. python makemigrations appname
  3. python migrate

Actually, the above methods did not work for me, so I just perform the below workaround as I did not want to manually write the whole query to create the table.

So I changed the database in the settings file and re-ran the migrations command after deleting the migrations folder, then just performed the python migrate command it created new tables in another database then from there just opened the table in query view, copied the script, and inserted the table in my main database.

Another Simple way to do this is

  • Go to your migrations folder.
  • Search for the file which contains the code to create the Students table in DB.
  • Remove the code snippet from the file and save it.
  • Then run py makemigrations and py migrate again

This worked for me 🙂