I am using Django to build a website with MySQL. Now as I am learning so I need to change the Model very often so I want that all tables get cleared and new table get created.

But syncdb doesn’t touch existing tables. Is there any better way to handle this problem?

If you don’t care about data:

Best way would be to drop the database and run syncdb again. Or you can run:

For Django >= 1.5

python manage.py flush

For Django < 1.5

python manage.py reset appname

(you can add --no-input to the end of the command for it to skip the interactive prompt.)

If you do care about data:

From the docs:

syncdb will only create tables for
models which have not yet been
installed. It will never issue ALTER
TABLE statements to match changes made
to a model class after installation.
Changes to model classes and database
schemas often involve some form of
ambiguity and, in those cases, Django
would have to guess at the correct
changes to make. There is a risk that
critical data would be lost in the

If you have made changes to a model
and wish to alter the database tables
to match, use the sql command to
display the new SQL structure and
compare that to your existing table
schema to work out the changes.


Reference: FAQ – https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/faq/models/#if-i-make-changes-to-a-model-how-do-i-update-the-database

People also recommend South ( http://south.aeracode.org/docs/about.html#key-features ), but I haven’t tried it.

Using Django Extensions, running:

./manage.py reset_db

Will clear the database tables, then running:

./manage.py syncdb

Will recreate them (south may ask you to migrate things).

I think Django docs explicitly mention that if the intent is to start from an empty DB again (which seems to be OP’s intent), then just drop and re-create the database and re-run migrate (instead of using flush):

If you would rather start from an empty database and re-run all
migrations, you should drop and recreate the database and then run
migrate instead.

So for OP’s case, we just need to:

  1. Drop the database from MySQL
  2. Recreate the database
  3. Run python manage.py migrate

Quickest (drops and creates all tables including data):

./manage.py reset appname | ./manage.py dbshell


  • Might not work on Windows correctly.
  • Might keep some old tables in the db

You can use the Django-Truncate library to delete all data of a table without destroying the table structure.


  1. First, install django-turncate using your terminal/command line:
pip install django-truncate
  1. Add “django_truncate” to your INSTALLED_APPS in the settings.py file:
  1. Use this command in your terminal to delete all data of the table from the app.
python manage.py truncate --apps app_name --models table_name