I would like the Django shell to auto-load all user-defined models on startup without the use of a third-party app. Below is that I did.  # FILE .djangoshellrc  # alias m='PYTHONSTARTUP="path/to/.djangoshellrc" python manage.py'   import sys   from django.apps import apps   def load_models():  try:  models = [m for m in apps.get_models() if not m.__module__.startswith('django')]  for model in sorted(models, key=lambda x: x.__name__):  name = model.__name__  globals()[name] = model  print("[+] imported %s" % name)  except:  print("[*] %s" % sys.exc_info())  print("[*] %s" % sys.exc_info())   load_models() Line 00-01: To use this script, create a bash alias to start the Django shell, with this script specified in the PYTHONSTARTUP environ variable. In other words, this script will be run on startup as long as the alias is used to start the Django shell. Line 03-05: All the necessary imports. Line 09: Ask Django to provide a list of all the app models, with the django built-in models filtered out. Line 10: Iterate the models list after sorting them based on the model names. Line 11-13: Add the models to the globals dict with the model name as the key, effectively doing a "from <app>.models import <Model> in the Django shell." Hope this script is useful to you.