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SQLAlchemy wrapper#

The SQLAlchemy wrapper class is a light wrapper over regular SQLAlchemy, mainly to simplify the configuration.

A SQLAlchemy instance gives you access to the following things:

  • db.engine: An engine created with the future=True argument
  • A scoped session db.s and a db.Session class to manually create one, both extended with some useful active-record-like methods. (See “Working with the session”.)
  • db.Model: A declarative base class
  • db.create_all() and db.drop_all() methods to create and drop tables according to the models.
  • db.test_transaction(): A helper for performant testing with a real database. (See “Testing with a real database”.)

Set up#

The only required argument is the connection URI. You can give it directly:

from sqla_wrapper import SQLAlchemy

db = SQLAlchemy("postgresql://scott:tiger@localhost/test")

or as separated host, user, password, database name, etc. parameters, and SQLA-Wrapper will build the URI for you.

from sqla_wrapper import SQLAlchemy

db = SQLAlchemy(

After the setup, you will be interacting mostly directly with SQLAlchemy so I recommend reading the official SQLAlchemy tutorial if you haven’t done it yet.

Beyond the URI, the class also accepts an engine_options and a session_options dictionary to pass special options when creating the engine and/or the session.

Declaring models#

A SQLAlchemy instance provides a db.Model class to be used as a declarative base class for your models.

from sqlalchemy import Column, Integer, String
from .base import db

class User(db.Model):
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    name = Column(String(128))

db also includes all the functions and classes from sqlalchemy and sqlalchemy.orm so you don’t need to import Column, Integer, String, etc. and can do this instead:

from .base import db

class User(db.Model):
    id = db.Column(db.Integer, primary_key=True)
    name = db.Column(db.String(128))

To learn more about how to define database models, consult the SQLAlchemy ORM documentation.


class sqla_wrapper.SQLAlchemy(url=None, *, dialect=’sqlite’, name=None, user=None, password=None, host=None, port=None, engine_options=None, session_options=None)
create_all(self, **kwargs)

Creates all the tables of the models registered so far.

Only tables that do not already exist are created. Existing tables are not modified.

drop_all(self, **kwargs)

Drop all the database tables.

Note that this is a destructive operation; data stored in the database will be deleted when this method is called.

test_transaction(self, savepoint=False)
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