If you have a large Django 1.7+ project with a lot of migrations running test even with
--keepdb can be slow just because the new migration framework has to order the migrations even if there is nothing to do.
After a few attempts I have found something which works pretty well for me. In your testing setting you can include the following:
class DisableMigrations(object): def __contains__(self, item): return True def __getitem__(self, item): return "notmigrations" MIGRATION_MODULES = DisableMigrations()
I have found related suggestions on the Django mailing list. Both ideas are presented on Stackoverflow.
Update: Thanks NotSqrt for linking me to original Gist I found when I was searching but wasn't able to easily find again :).