Flush contenttypes and auth permissions in Django

Published on December 4th, 2022

I was trying to migrate from MySQL to PostgreSQL using loaddata and dumpdata. For this to work, everything needs to be flushed, but the command:

python manage.py sqlflush --database=postgresql

Flush everything except the contenttypes and a few other (mainly auth related) tables.

So we inevitably end up with conflicts and errors:

IntegrityError: (1062, "Duplicate entry '...' for key 2")

The solution is to manually run the SQL in the postgres shell:

TRUNCATE "django_content_type" CASCADE;

We use CASCADE because django_content_type referenced in a foreign key constraint in auth_permission, which is referenced in auth_group_permissions, etc.


Access the postgres shell with the Django management command:

python manage.py dbshell --database=postgresql

Unless you are in an environment where you don't have access to psql such as Docker.

In Docker you would run:

# Get the CONTAINER ID of postgresql
docker ps

# Open a bash
docker exec -it 04cd7d7c20e9 bash

# Invoke the database shell
psql -U postgres

# Run the command 
TRUNCATE "django_content_type" CASCADE;

Thank you for reading.