Below are Python files to get started using SQLAlchemy in a project.

The file contains,

from sqlalchemy import Column, Boolean, BigInteger, DateTime, ForeignKey, Integer, Numeric, String, Table, Text
from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base, declared_attr
from sqlalchemy.orm import relationship, backref, deferred
from sqlalchemy.ext.associationproxy import association_proxy

engine = None
sessionmaker = sa.orm.sessionmaker()
session = sa.orm.scoped_session(sessionmaker)

def configure_engine(url):
    global sessionmaker, engine, session

    engine = sa.create_engine(url)

_config = Config('')
configure_engine(os.environ.get("DATABASE_URL", "postgres://localhost/defaultdb"))

class _Base(object):
    def __tablename__(cls):
        Convert CamelCase class name to underscores_between_words
        table name.

        name = cls.__name__
        return (
            name[0].lower() +
            re.sub(r'([A-Z])', lambda m:"_" +, name[1:])

Base = declarative_base(cls=_Base)
Base.query = session.query_property()

One should adjust the imports accordingly and setup the configuration settings so that configure_engine pulls from the appropriate location. In this example we only look at the DATABASE_URL environment variable and default to localhost using the defaultdb database.

You can then create new models like,

class Account(Base):
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    created = Column(DateTime,
    username = Column(String(128))
    active = Column(Boolean, default=True)
    admin = Column(Boolean, default=False)
    image_url = Column(String)

    def __init__(self, username=None):

        - `self`:
        - `username`:
        if username is not None: self.username = username

I then also include a script called that simply contains,

import db


# comment the following lines if not using alembic
from alembic.config import Config
from alembic import command
alembic_cfg = Config("alembic.ini")
command.stamp(alembic_cfg, "head")

Note that the second part of this file contains instructions for Alembic which I use for migrations.