how to set django and mysql work with UTF-8

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here some advices:

1) use utf8 encoding when creating database

CREATE DATABASE <dbname> CHARACTER SET utf8;

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2) place the following special comment in the first or second lines of your script:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

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3) Use unicode strings with u prefix in *.py files

unicodeString = u"hello Unicode world!"

4) Use follwing meta tag in section of your base template:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
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Updated on June 18, 2022

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  • shiva
    shiva 3 months

    I want to set my Django/mysql site to work with UTF-8. Please guide me the changes I have to make in django and mysql to make sure the following things.

    1. User entered data in the forms will be always encoded as UTF-8

    2. Storing the data in mysql as utf-8

    3. Displaying utf8 encoded data in the template correctly

    4. Also I want to know whether moving to UTF-8 encoding will remove unicode decode error like below.

    UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc2 in position 55: ordinal not in range(128)

    Many Thanks.