How to Copy Django Model Instance Data to Another Model with Example

Django, a versatile Python web framework, offers robust tools for handling models and databases. In various situations, you may find the need to copy data from one Django model instance to another, whether for data migration, data backups, or other purposes. In this blog post, we will explore how to copy data from one model to another using a practical example where we’ll copy data from a Users model to an Accounts model.


Before diving into the code, ensure you have the following prerequisites:

  1. Django Installed: Make sure Django is installed in your Python environment. You can install it using pip:
pip install Django
  1. Django Project: Set up a Django project and create the necessary models.
  2. Basic Understanding of Django Models: A basic understanding of Django models and database structure is essential.

We assume you already have a Django Project. You can use our blog logic to create logic in your project.

Copying Data Between Django Model Instances

To copy data from one Django model instance to another, follow these steps:

  1. Fetch the source model instance whose data you want to copy.
  2. Create a new instance of the target model.
  3. Copy the field values from the source instance to the target instance.
  4. Save the target instance to the database.

Example: Copying Data from Users to Accounts

Let’s assume you have defined two models, Users and Accounts, as shown below:


from django.db import models

class Users(models.Model):
    username = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    email = models.EmailField()
    registration_date = models.DateField()

class Accounts(models.Model):
    user = models.ForeignKey(Users, on_delete=models.CASCADE)
    account_balance = models.DecimalField(max_digits=10, decimal_places=2)
    account_type = models.CharField(max_length=50)

Now, let’s create a function to copy data from a Users instance to an Accounts instance. Define the copy_user_to_account function in one of your Django app’s Python files (e.g.,,, etc.)

# (create this file if it doesn't exist)

def copy_user_to_account(user_id):
        # Fetch the source User instance
        source_user = Users.objects.get(pk=user_id)

        # Create a new instance of the Account
        new_account = Accounts(user=source_user)
        new_account.account_balance = 0  # You can set a default value or leave it blank

        # Save the new Account instance

        print(f"Data copied from {source_user.username} to a new Account successfully.")
    except Users.DoesNotExist:
        print("Source User not found.")

# Usage
copy_user_to_account(1)  # Copy data from User with ID 1 to a new Account

In this example, we defined the copy_user_to_account function that takes a user_id as an argument. It fetches the source Users instance, creates a new Accounts instance with a reference to the source user, sets the account balance (you can customizse this as needed), and saves the new Accounts instance.

Running Copy Data Function from Django Shell

  1. Now, you can run the copy_user_to_account function from a Django shell or from within your Django application. To do this, open a terminal, navigate to your Django project directory, and activate your virtual environment if you’re using one.
  2. Start a Django shell by running:
python shell
  1. Call the copy_user_to_account function with the appropriate source and target author IDs. For example:
from yourapp.utils import copy_user_to_account  # Replace 'yourapp' with the name of your Django app

# Usage

In this example, replace 'yourapp' with the actual name of your Django app. The copy_user_to_account function copies data from the User instance with ID 1 to the Accounts instance with ID 2. Adjust the source and target user IDs as needed for your use case.

That’s it! You’ve successfully run the copy_user_to_account function to copy data from User model instance to another in your Django project.


Copying data between Django model instances is a common requirement in many Django applications. By following the steps outlined in this blog post and using the example provided, you can easily copy data from one model instance to another. You can adaopt this approach to suit your specific needs and extend it to handle more complex scenarios involving related models.

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