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Python Using Databases in Python Meet Peewee Modeling

Running Database from Interactive Console in PyCharm

I am trying to use PyCharm to run the coded on the Database Modeling video but I can't seem to get the Interactive Console to cooperate. I believe I don't have the path set up correctly, but I've spent hours searching youtube and the internet for instructions on how to set up the path correctly without success. I really don't want to rely on workspace if I don't have to. I have also tried this with Visual Studio without success. If anyone knows how to set up a path or can direct me to a source that could provide that information, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

My directory: FirstTry (H:\Code\FirstTry) src database.py

I included a folder for src - based on the set up instructions advised by the PyCharm. I can get rid of it if it matters, but I got the same errors as when I excluded it.

I call the file database.py while in the video the file was students.py

The code I entered is the same code in the video:

 from peewee import *

db = SqliteDatabase('Student.db')

class Student(Model):
    username = CharField(max_length=255, unique=True)
    points = IntegerField(default=0)

    class Meta:
        database = db

if __name__ == '__main__':
    db.create_table([Student], safe=True)

Now when I enter the same commands in the Interactive Console as the teacher does, I can't seem to load the file from the editor:

The teacher entered python students.py where I entered python database.py

For some reason my Interactive Console prompt is In[1] or in[2]...ect... instead of >>>

I type the following at the prompt:

In[5]: python database.py

I receive the following error message:

  In[5]: python database.py
  File "<ipython-input-5-6dc255c5ddc6>", line 1
    python database.py
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Sorry, the directory is as follows: My directory:

FirstTry (H:\Code\FirstTry) src database.py

I included this folder called src after reading the PyCharm set up instructions. I can get rid of it if it's confusing. I ran the file without it and got the same error message.

2 Answers

Script Code
Script Code
6,631 Points

Your code is good, but I noticed that you are using Pycharm's console. What you need to be using is Pycharm's terminal (terminal != IDE). The console is an IDE comparable with Python's Shell; IDLE. That's why you are getting a syntax error.

To get the sqlite3 bit working, I would suggest you do the following: download sqlite3.exe from: https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Option 1 (easy):

Copy the exe file to the same folder where your student.db file resides. On the terminal run the following commands:

  1. python students.py
  2. dir

You should now see the students.db file.

Now you can try sqlite3 students.db

Option 2:

add the path of the sqlite3.exe directory to the environment variables. run the program from the command line.

If you want to know more about Pycharm's terminal go to:


Hope this helps. Good luck, and Happy Coding

Sebastien Simonek
Sebastien Simonek
3,073 Points


Try db.create_tables([Student], safe=True) instead of db.create_table([Student], safe=True)