Saving file field uploads not in MEDIA_ROOT directory29 Apr · by Tim Kamanin · 1 min read
I had a requirement recently to upload files to some kind of a private directory, not accessible via www. Of course, I used Django model's FileField to solve the task, but the problem was in a fact that by default, FileField saves uploads under MEDIA_ROOT which is not what I wanted.
Luckily, Django has a pretty simple solution to the problem, all you need is to extend default file storage a little bit and pass it to our file field, like that:
1) At first lets define our private storage path, it's better to put it into your app configuration, like this:
# settings.py ... PRIVATE_STORAGE_ROOT = join(BASE_DIR, 'private') ...
2) Now update your model:
# models.py from django.conf import settings from django.core.files.storage import FileSystemStorage from django.db import models private_storage = FileSystemStorage(location=settings.PRIVATE_STORAGE_ROOT) class MyModel(models.Model): upload = models.FileField(storage=private_storage)
That's all. Make sure your 'private' directory exists and that should be it.