Django Testing in PyCharm Doesn't Load Fixtures

Hi there,

I wrote some tests for my Django models that depend on an initial dataset on the database. I'm used to have a initial_data.json fixture and optional fixtures that are loaded per test. These fixtures are loaded automatically during the test someapp command and all my tests pass. As I decided to do testing directly in PyCharm, I created a Django Test run configuration and set someapp as its target. I was surprised to discover that all tests failed.

The Traceback is normally something like:


Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/unittest/", line 318, in run


  File "/home/rafael/Repos/sales_fencing/sf/apps/sales_fencing/", line 29, in setUp

    user = User.objects.get(username='wilerson')

  File "/home/rafael/sf_env/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 132, in get

    return self.get_query_set().get(*args, **kwargs)

  File "/home/rafael/sf_env/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/django/db/models/", line 349, in get

    % self.model._meta.object_name)

DoesNotExist: User matching query does not exist.

Which indicates that the fixtures were not loaded by the Pycharm testing script. I confirmed this by observating the test_someapp database during the tests.

Is this a bug or should I configure Pycharm properly to load this fixtures during tests?

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Hi Rafael,

How are the optional fixtures loaded in your testing suit? Is it specified in your

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Hi Catherine,

I have an initial_data.json fixture and another two test-specific fixtures. They are all located in the project's root directory. Django's default behavior is to load the initial_data.json automatically and to load the tesf-specifc whenever if finds this file in the fixtures attribute of a test class.

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Yes, it's PyCharm's bug. Please file an issue in our tracker --


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