This post covers the simplest way to import a .CSV file into a Django model.

I have created an app in Django – with news, and the companies mentioned in those news. The idea is that when a user adds a news as a new entry, s/he can also mention, the countries present in that news. E.g. If there is a news that ‘US and UK sign a bilateral deal, ‘ then the user can add the countries — US and UK  while adding that news into the model.

The file is straightforward:

class Country(models.Model):
  country = models.CharField(max_length=100)
  continent = models.CharField(max_length=100)

  class Meta:
          ordering = ('country',) # helps in alphabetical listing. Sould be a tuple

  def __str__(self):
    return" : "+self.continent

class News(models.Model):
    news_title = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    news_link = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    news_date = models.DateField()
    news_country = models.ManyToManyField(Country)  

    def __str__(self):
        return self.news_title

Now, in the Country model, I had to enter all the countries, and their continents. One way is to go to the admin panel, and start adding each country — one at a  time.

A much easier way is to get all the countries into a CSV file, and then import the CSV file at once. I googled and found a site with countries, their capitals, and their continents. I copied the countries and continents as a CSV, by adding the column name as the top row.

Argentina,South America

Once, I had the CSV ready, went to the Django Shell, using python shell, and imported the CSV using following code:


Python 3.5.1 (v3.5.1:37a07cee5969, Dec  6 2015, 01:38:48) [MSC v.1900 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import csv
>>> import os
>>> path =  "C:\\...." # Set path of new directory here
>>> os.chdir(path) # changes the directory
>>> from dashboard.models import Country # imports the model
>>> with open('countries_continents.csv') as csvfile:
...     reader = csv.DictReader(csvfile)
...     for row in reader:
...             p = Country(country=row['Country'], continent=row['Continent'])
>>> exit()

That’s it. The CSV has been imported,

Running python runserver  and checking the Countries class in the admin module, gave the list of all the countries and their continents.