When running raw SQL queries in Django you must include a primary key otherwise an invalid query exception is raised. Normally this is fine but when running more complex queries a primary key may not be available or even make sense.
There is a simple work around, however. You can just alias
1 as id in your query (or any number)
and Django will not complain.
Model.objects.raw('select count(*) from records')
Will raise this exception
raise InvalidQuery('Raw query must include the primary key') django.db.models.query_utils.InvalidQuery: Raw query must include the primary key
By changing the query to this
Model.objects.raw('select 1 id, count(*) from records')
Everything will work as expected. Simple.