How to Fetch an Image from a Database in Django

With the power of Django, handling images and other media files is a breeze. In this tutorial, we will discuss how to fetch an image from a database in Django. For this example, we assume that an image is already stored in the database. Remember, the Django ORM (Object-Relational Mapping) is responsible for handling database operations.

Setup Django Database

Before you start, make sure your Django database is properly set up. Create a Django app and then read the Django documentation on how to setup your database.

Step 1: Create your Model

Once the database is set, create a Django model to handle the image. The Django model is the built-in feature of Django that is used to create the database table. In our case, we need to create a model that includes an ImageField like so:

Step 2: Use Django ORM to Fetch the Image

Django ORM provides an easy way to handle database operations. In order to fetch an image from the database, you need to create an instance of the model and access the image field:

Step 3: Render the Image in Your Template

The final step is to render the image in your HTML template, a core part of Django’s MVT (Model-View-Template) architecture. You can do this in your HTML file with Django’s template language:

Code Recap

Here is the full code that summarizes the above steps of creating your model, fetching the image from the database using Django ORM, and rendering it in your template:


As a powerful and flexible web framework, Django provides developers with practical tools to handle media files, including images. By properly setting up a database and creating models, developers can conveniently fetch and display images stored in the database.

The understanding and application of Django ORM and MVT concepts are essential for this process.