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Creating forms from models
.. module:: django.forms.models
:synopsis: ModelForm and ModelFormset.
.. currentmodule:: django.forms
.. class:: ModelForm
If you're building a database-driven app, chances are you'll have forms that
map closely to Django models. For instance, you might have a ``BlogComment``
model, and you want to create a form that lets people submit comments. In this
case, it would be redundant to define the field types in your form, because
you've already defined the fields in your model.
For this reason, Django provides a helper class that let you create a ``Form``
class from a Django model.
For example::
>>> from django.forms import ModelForm
# Create the form class.
>>> class ArticleForm(ModelForm):
... class Meta:
... model = Article
# Creating a form to add an article.
>>> form = ArticleForm()
# Creating a form to change an existing article.
>>> article = Article.objects.get(pk=1)
>>> form = ArticleForm(instance=article)
Field types
The generated ``Form`` class will have a form field for every model field. Each
model field has a corresponding default form field. For example, a
``CharField`` on a model is represented as a ``CharField`` on a form. A
model ``ManyToManyField`` is represented as a ``MultipleChoiceField``. Here is
the full list of conversions:
=============================== ========================================
Model field Form field
=============================== ========================================
``AutoField`` Not represented in the form
``BigIntegerField`` ``IntegerField`` with ``min_value`` set
to -9223372036854775808 and ``max_value``
set to 9223372036854775807.
``BooleanField`` ``BooleanField``
``CharField`` ``CharField`` with ``max_length`` set to
the model field's ``max_length``
``CommaSeparatedIntegerField`` ``CharField``
``DateField`` ``DateField``
``DateTimeField`` ``DateTimeField``
``DecimalField`` ``DecimalField``
``EmailField`` ``EmailField``
``FileField`` ``FileField``
``FilePathField`` ``CharField``
``FloatField`` ``FloatField``
``ForeignKey`` ``ModelChoiceField`` (see below)
``ImageField`` ``ImageField``
``IntegerField`` ``IntegerField``
``IPAddressField`` ``IPAddressField``
``GenericIPAddressField`` ``GenericIPAddressField``
``ManyToManyField`` ``ModelMultipleChoiceField`` (see
``NullBooleanField`` ``CharField``
``PositiveIntegerField`` ``IntegerField``
``PositiveSmallIntegerField`` ``IntegerField``
``SlugField`` ``SlugField``
``SmallIntegerField`` ``IntegerField``
``TextField`` ``CharField`` with
``TimeField`` ``TimeField``
``URLField`` ``URLField``
=============================== ========================================
As you might expect, the ``ForeignKey`` and ``ManyToManyField`` model field
types are special cases:
* ``ForeignKey`` is represented by ``django.forms.ModelChoiceField``,
which is a ``ChoiceField`` whose choices are a model ``QuerySet``.
* ``ManyToManyField`` is represented by
``django.forms.ModelMultipleChoiceField``, which is a
``MultipleChoiceField`` whose choices are a model ``QuerySet``.
In addition, each generated form field has attributes set as follows:
* If the model field has ``blank=True``, then ``required`` is set to
``False`` on the form field. Otherwise, ``required=True``.
* The form field's ``label`` is set to the ``verbose_name`` of the model
field, with the first character capitalized.
* The form field's ``help_text`` is set to the ``help_text`` of the model
* If the model field has ``choices`` set, then the form field's ``widget``
will be set to ``Select``, with choices coming from the model field's
``choices``. The choices will normally include the blank choice which is
selected by default. If the field is required, this forces the user to
make a selection. The blank choice will not be included if the model
field has ``blank=False`` and an explicit ``default`` value (the
``default`` value will be initially selected instead).
Finally, note that you can override the form field used for a given model
field. See `Overriding the default field types or widgets`_ below.
A full example
Consider this set of models::
from django.db import models
from django.forms import ModelForm
('MR', 'Mr.'),
('MRS', 'Mrs.'),
('MS', 'Ms.'),
class Author(models.Model):
name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
title = models.CharField(max_length=3, choices=TITLE_CHOICES)
birth_date = models.DateField(blank=True, null=True)
def __unicode__(self):
class Book(models.Model):
name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
authors = models.ManyToManyField(Author)
class AuthorForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
model = Author
class BookForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
model = Book
With these models, the ``ModelForm`` subclasses above would be roughly
equivalent to this (the only difference being the ``save()`` method, which
we'll discuss in a moment.)::
from django import forms
class AuthorForm(forms.Form):
name = forms.CharField(max_length=100)
title = forms.CharField(max_length=3,
birth_date = forms.DateField(required=False)
class BookForm(forms.Form):
name = forms.CharField(max_length=100)
authors = forms.ModelMultipleChoiceField(queryset=Author.objects.all())
.. _modelform-is-valid-and-errors:
The ``is_valid()`` method and ``errors``
The first time you call ``is_valid()`` or access the ``errors`` attribute of a
``ModelForm`` triggers :ref:`form validation <form-and-field-validation>` as
well as :ref:`model validation <validating-objects>`. This has the side-effect
of cleaning the model you pass to the ``ModelForm`` constructor. For instance,
calling ``is_valid()`` on your form will convert any date fields on your model
to actual date objects. If form validation fails, only some of the updates
may be applied. For this reason, you'll probably want to avoid reusing the
model instance passed to the form, especially if validation fails.
The ``save()`` method
Every form produced by ``ModelForm`` also has a ``save()``
method. This method creates and saves a database object from the data
bound to the form. A subclass of ``ModelForm`` can accept an existing
model instance as the keyword argument ``instance``; if this is
supplied, ``save()`` will update that instance. If it's not supplied,
``save()`` will create a new instance of the specified model:
.. code-block:: python
# Create a form instance from POST data.
>>> f = ArticleForm(request.POST)
# Save a new Article object from the form's data.
>>> new_article =
# Create a form to edit an existing Article, but use
# POST data to populate the form.
>>> a = Article.objects.get(pk=1)
>>> f = ArticleForm(request.POST, instance=a)
Note that if the form :ref:`hasn't been validated
<modelform-is-valid-and-errors>`, calling ``save()`` will do so by checking
``form.errors``. A ``ValueError`` will be raised if the data in the form
doesn't validate -- i.e., if ``form.errors`` evaluates to ``True``.
This ``save()`` method accepts an optional ``commit`` keyword argument, which
accepts either ``True`` or ``False``. If you call ``save()`` with
``commit=False``, then it will return an object that hasn't yet been saved to
the database. In this case, it's up to you to call ``save()`` on the resulting
model instance. This is useful if you want to do custom processing on the
object before saving it, or if you want to use one of the specialized
:ref:`model saving options <ref-models-force-insert>`. ``commit`` is ``True``
by default.
Another side effect of using ``commit=False`` is seen when your model has
a many-to-many relation with another model. If your model has a many-to-many
relation and you specify ``commit=False`` when you save a form, Django cannot
immediately save the form data for the many-to-many relation. This is because
it isn't possible to save many-to-many data for an instance until the instance
exists in the database.
To work around this problem, every time you save a form using ``commit=False``,
Django adds a ``save_m2m()`` method to your ``ModelForm`` subclass. After
you've manually saved the instance produced by the form, you can invoke
``save_m2m()`` to save the many-to-many form data. For example::
# Create a form instance with POST data.
>>> f = AuthorForm(request.POST)
# Create, but don't save the new author instance.
>>> new_author =
# Modify the author in some way.
>>> new_author.some_field = 'some_value'
# Save the new instance.
# Now, save the many-to-many data for the form.
>>> f.save_m2m()
Calling ``save_m2m()`` is only required if you use ``save(commit=False)``.
When you use a simple ``save()`` on a form, all data -- including
many-to-many data -- is saved without the need for any additional method calls.
For example::
# Create a form instance with POST data.
>>> a = Author()
>>> f = AuthorForm(request.POST, instance=a)
# Create and save the new author instance. There's no need to do anything else.
>>> new_author =
Other than the ``save()`` and ``save_m2m()`` methods, a ``ModelForm`` works
exactly the same way as any other ``forms`` form. For example, the
``is_valid()`` method is used to check for validity, the ``is_multipart()``
method is used to determine whether a form requires multipart file upload (and
hence whether ``request.FILES`` must be passed to the form), etc. See
:ref:`binding-uploaded-files` for more information.
Using a subset of fields on the form
In some cases, you may not want all the model fields to appear on the generated
form. There are three ways of telling ``ModelForm`` to use only a subset of the
model fields:
1. Set ``editable=False`` on the model field. As a result, *any* form
created from the model via ``ModelForm`` will not include that
2. Use the ``fields`` attribute of the ``ModelForm``'s inner ``Meta``
class. This attribute, if given, should be a list of field names
to include in the form. The order in which the fields names are specified
in that list is respected when the form renders them.
3. Use the ``exclude`` attribute of the ``ModelForm``'s inner ``Meta``
class. This attribute, if given, should be a list of field names
to exclude from the form.
For example, if you want a form for the ``Author`` model (defined
above) that includes only the ``name`` and ``birth_date`` fields, you would
specify ``fields`` or ``exclude`` like this::
class PartialAuthorForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
model = Author
fields = ('name', 'birth_date')
class PartialAuthorForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
model = Author
exclude = ('title',)
Since the Author model has only 3 fields, 'name', 'title', and
'birth_date', the forms above will contain exactly the same fields.
.. note::
If you specify ``fields`` or ``exclude`` when creating a form with
``ModelForm``, then the fields that are not in the resulting form
will not be set by the form's ``save()`` method. Also, if you
manually add the excluded fields back to the form, they will not
be initialized from the model instance.
Django will prevent any attempt to save an incomplete model, so if
the model does not allow the missing fields to be empty, and does
not provide a default value for the missing fields, any attempt to
``save()`` a ``ModelForm`` with missing fields will fail. To
avoid this failure, you must instantiate your model with initial
values for the missing, but required fields::
author = Author(title='Mr')
form = PartialAuthorForm(request.POST, instance=author)
Alternatively, you can use ``save(commit=False)`` and manually set
any extra required fields::
form = PartialAuthorForm(request.POST)
author =
author.title = 'Mr'
See the `section on saving forms`_ for more details on using
.. _section on saving forms: `The save() method`_
Overriding the default field types or widgets
The default field types, as described in the `Field types`_ table above, are
sensible defaults. If you have a ``DateField`` in your model, chances are you'd
want that to be represented as a ``DateField`` in your form. But
``ModelForm`` gives you the flexibility of changing the form field type and
widget for a given model field.
To specify a custom widget for a field, use the ``widgets`` attribute of the
inner ``Meta`` class. This should be a dictionary mapping field names to widget
classes or instances.
For example, if you want the a ``CharField`` for the ``name``
attribute of ``Author`` to be represented by a ``<textarea>`` instead
of its default ``<input type="text">``, you can override the field's
from django.forms import ModelForm, Textarea
class AuthorForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
model = Author
fields = ('name', 'title', 'birth_date')
widgets = {
'name': Textarea(attrs={'cols': 80, 'rows': 20}),
The ``widgets`` dictionary accepts either widget instances (e.g.,
``Textarea(...)``) or classes (e.g., ``Textarea``).
If you want to further customize a field -- including its type, label, etc. --
you can do this by declaratively specifying fields like you would in a regular
``Form``. Declared fields will override the default ones generated by using the
``model`` attribute.
For example, if you wanted to use ``MyDateFormField`` for the ``pub_date``
field, you could do the following::
class ArticleForm(ModelForm):
pub_date = MyDateFormField()
class Meta:
model = Article
If you want to override a field's default label, then specify the ``label``
parameter when declaring the form field::
>>> class ArticleForm(ModelForm):
... pub_date = DateField(label='Publication date')
... class Meta:
... model = Article
.. note::
If you explicitly instantiate a form field like this, Django assumes that you
want to completely define its behavior; therefore, default attributes (such as
``max_length`` or ``required``) are not drawn from the corresponding model. If
you want to maintain the behavior specified in the model, you must set the
relevant arguments explicitly when declaring the form field.
For example, if the ``Article`` model looks like this::
class Article(models.Model):
headline = models.CharField(max_length=200, null=True, blank=True,
help_text="Use puns liberally")
content = models.TextField()
and you want to do some custom validation for ``headline``, while keeping
the ``blank`` and ``help_text`` values as specified, you might define
``ArticleForm`` like this::
class ArticleForm(ModelForm):
headline = MyFormField(max_length=200, required=False,
help_text="Use puns liberally")
class Meta:
model = Article
You must ensure that the type of the form field can be used to set the
contents of the corresponding model field. When they are not compatible,
you will get a ``ValueError`` as no implicit conversion takes place.
See the :doc:`form field documentation </ref/forms/fields>` for more information
on fields and their arguments.
Changing the order of fields
By default, a ``ModelForm`` will render fields in the same order that they are
defined on the model, with ``ManyToManyField`` instances appearing last. If
you want to change the order in which fields are rendered, you can use the
``fields`` attribute on the ``Meta`` class.
The ``fields`` attribute defines the subset of model fields that will be
rendered, and the order in which they will be rendered. For example given this
class Book(models.Model):
author = models.ForeignKey(Author)
title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
the ``author`` field would be rendered first. If we wanted the title field
to be rendered first, we could specify the following ``ModelForm``::
>>> class BookForm(ModelForm):
... class Meta:
... model = Book
... fields = ('title', 'author')
.. _overriding-modelform-clean-method:
Overriding the clean() method
You can override the ``clean()`` method on a model form to provide additional
validation in the same way you can on a normal form.
In this regard, model forms have two specific characteristics when compared to
By default the ``clean()`` method validates the uniqueness of fields that are
marked as ``unique``, ``unique_together`` or ``unique_for_date|month|year`` on
the model. Therefore, if you would like to override the ``clean()`` method and
maintain the default validation, you must call the parent class's ``clean()``
Also, a model form instance bound to a model object will contain a
``self.instance`` attribute that gives model form methods access to that
specific model instance.
Form inheritance
As with basic forms, you can extend and reuse ``ModelForms`` by inheriting
them. This is useful if you need to declare extra fields or extra methods on a
parent class for use in a number of forms derived from models. For example,
using the previous ``ArticleForm`` class::
>>> class EnhancedArticleForm(ArticleForm):
... def clean_pub_date(self):
... ...
This creates a form that behaves identically to ``ArticleForm``, except there's
some extra validation and cleaning for the ``pub_date`` field.
You can also subclass the parent's ``Meta`` inner class if you want to change
the ``Meta.fields`` or ``Meta.excludes`` lists::
>>> class RestrictedArticleForm(EnhancedArticleForm):
... class Meta(ArticleForm.Meta):
... exclude = ('body',)
This adds the extra method from the ``EnhancedArticleForm`` and modifies
the original ``ArticleForm.Meta`` to remove one field.
There are a couple of things to note, however.
* Normal Python name resolution rules apply. If you have multiple base
classes that declare a ``Meta`` inner class, only the first one will be
used. This means the child's ``Meta``, if it exists, otherwise the
``Meta`` of the first parent, etc.
* For technical reasons, a subclass cannot inherit from both a ``ModelForm``
and a ``Form`` simultaneously.
Chances are these notes won't affect you unless you're trying to do something
tricky with subclassing.
Interaction with model validation
As part of its validation process, ``ModelForm`` will call the ``clean()``
method of each field on your model that has a corresponding field on your form.
If you have excluded any model fields, validation will not be run on those
fields. See the :doc:`form validation </ref/forms/validation>` documentation
for more on how field cleaning and validation work. Also, your model's
``clean()`` method will be called before any uniqueness checks are made. See
:ref:`Validating objects <validating-objects>` for more information on the
model's ``clean()`` hook.
.. _modelforms-factory:
ModelForm factory function
You can create forms from a given model using the standalone function
:func:`~django.forms.models.modelform_factory`, instead of using a class
definition. This may be more convenient if you do not have many customizations
to make::
>>> from django.forms.models import modelform_factory
>>> BookForm = modelform_factory(Book)
This can also be used to make simple modifications to existing forms, for
example by specifying which fields should be displayed::
>>> Form = modelform_factory(Book, form=BookForm, fields=("author",))
... or which fields should be excluded::
>>> Form = modelform_factory(Book, form=BookForm, exclude=("title",))
You can also specify the widgets to be used for a given field::
>>> from django.forms import Textarea
>>> Form = modelform_factory(Book, form=BookForm, widgets={"title": Textarea()})
.. _model-formsets:
Model formsets
.. class:: models.BaseModelFormSet
Like :doc:`regular formsets </topics/forms/formsets>`, Django provides a couple
of enhanced formset classes that make it easy to work with Django models. Let's
reuse the ``Author`` model from above::
>>> from django.forms.models import modelformset_factory
>>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author)
This will create a formset that is capable of working with the data associated
with the ``Author`` model. It works just like a regular formset::
>>> formset = AuthorFormSet()
>>> print(formset)
<input type="hidden" name="form-TOTAL_FORMS" value="1" id="id_form-TOTAL_FORMS" /><input type="hidden" name="form-INITIAL_FORMS" value="0" id="id_form-INITIAL_FORMS" /><input type="hidden" name="form-MAX_NUM_FORMS" id="id_form-MAX_NUM_FORMS" />
<tr><th><label for="id_form-0-name">Name:</label></th><td><input id="id_form-0-name" type="text" name="form-0-name" maxlength="100" /></td></tr>
<tr><th><label for="id_form-0-title">Title:</label></th><td><select name="form-0-title" id="id_form-0-title">
<option value="" selected="selected">---------</option>
<option value="MR">Mr.</option>
<option value="MRS">Mrs.</option>
<option value="MS">Ms.</option>
<tr><th><label for="id_form-0-birth_date">Birth date:</label></th><td><input type="text" name="form-0-birth_date" id="id_form-0-birth_date" /><input type="hidden" name="form-0-id" id="id_form-0-id" /></td></tr>
.. note::
:func:`~django.forms.models.modelformset_factory` uses ``formset_factory``
to generate formsets. This means that a model formset is just an extension
of a basic formset that knows how to interact with a particular model.
Changing the queryset
By default, when you create a formset from a model, the formset will use a
queryset that includes all objects in the model (e.g.,
``Author.objects.all()``). You can override this behavior by using the
``queryset`` argument::
>>> formset = AuthorFormSet(queryset=Author.objects.filter(name__startswith='O'))
Alternatively, you can create a subclass that sets ``self.queryset`` in
from django.forms.models import BaseModelFormSet
class BaseAuthorFormSet(BaseModelFormSet):
def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
super(BaseAuthorFormSet, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
self.queryset = Author.objects.filter(name__startswith='O')
Then, pass your ``BaseAuthorFormSet`` class to the factory function::
>>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author, formset=BaseAuthorFormSet)
If you want to return a formset that doesn't include *any* pre-existing
instances of the model, you can specify an empty QuerySet::
>>> AuthorFormSet(queryset=Author.objects.none())
Controlling which fields are used with ``fields`` and ``exclude``
By default, a model formset uses all fields in the model that are not marked
with ``editable=False``. However, this can be overridden at the formset level::
>>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author, fields=('name', 'title'))
Using ``fields`` restricts the formset to use only the given fields.
Alternatively, you can take an "opt-out" approach, specifying which fields to
>>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author, exclude=('birth_date',))
Providing initial values
.. versionadded:: 1.4
As with regular formsets, it's possible to :ref:`specify initial data
<formsets-initial-data>` for forms in the formset by specifying an ``initial``
parameter when instantiating the model formset class returned by
:func:`~django.forms.models.modelformset_factory`. However, with model
formsets, the initial values only apply to extra forms, those that aren't bound
to an existing object instance.
.. _saving-objects-in-the-formset:
Saving objects in the formset
As with a ``ModelForm``, you can save the data as a model object. This is done
with the formset's ``save()`` method::
# Create a formset instance with POST data.
>>> formset = AuthorFormSet(request.POST)
# Assuming all is valid, save the data.
>>> instances =
The ``save()`` method returns the instances that have been saved to the
database. If a given instance's data didn't change in the bound data, the
instance won't be saved to the database and won't be included in the return
value (``instances``, in the above example).
When fields are missing from the form (for example because they have
been excluded), these fields will not be set by the ``save()``
method. You can find more information about this restriction, which
also holds for regular ``ModelForms``, in `Using a subset of fields on
the form`_.
Pass ``commit=False`` to return the unsaved model instances::
# don't save to the database
>>> instances =
>>> for instance in instances:
... # do something with instance
This gives you the ability to attach data to the instances before saving them
to the database. If your formset contains a ``ManyToManyField``, you'll also
need to call ``formset.save_m2m()`` to ensure the many-to-many relationships
are saved properly.
.. _model-formsets-max-num:
Limiting the number of editable objects
As with regular formsets, you can use the ``max_num`` and ``extra`` parameters
to :func:`~django.forms.models.modelformset_factory` to limit the number of
extra forms displayed.
``max_num`` does not prevent existing objects from being displayed::
>>> Author.objects.order_by('name')
[<Author: Charles Baudelaire>, <Author: Paul Verlaine>, <Author: Walt Whitman>]
>>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author, max_num=1)
>>> formset = AuthorFormSet(queryset=Author.objects.order_by('name'))
>>> [ for x in formset.get_queryset()]
[u'Charles Baudelaire', u'Paul Verlaine', u'Walt Whitman']
If the value of ``max_num`` is greater than the number of existing related
objects, up to ``extra`` additional blank forms will be added to the formset,
so long as the total number of forms does not exceed ``max_num``::
>>> AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author, max_num=4, extra=2)
>>> formset = AuthorFormSet(queryset=Author.objects.order_by('name'))
>>> for form in formset:
... print(form.as_table())
<tr><th><label for="id_form-0-name">Name:</label></th><td><input id="id_form-0-name" type="text" name="form-0-name" value="Charles Baudelaire" maxlength="100" /><input type="hidden" name="form-0-id" value="1" id="id_form-0-id" /></td></tr>
<tr><th><label for="id_form-1-name">Name:</label></th><td><input id="id_form-1-name" type="text" name="form-1-name" value="Paul Verlaine" maxlength="100" /><input type="hidden" name="form-1-id" value="3" id="id_form-1-id" /></td></tr>
<tr><th><label for="id_form-2-name">Name:</label></th><td><input id="id_form-2-name" type="text" name="form-2-name" value="Walt Whitman" maxlength="100" /><input type="hidden" name="form-2-id" value="2" id="id_form-2-id" /></td></tr>
<tr><th><label for="id_form-3-name">Name:</label></th><td><input id="id_form-3-name" type="text" name="form-3-name" maxlength="100" /><input type="hidden" name="form-3-id" id="id_form-3-id" /></td></tr>
A ``max_num`` value of ``None`` (the default) puts a high limit on the number
of forms displayed (1000). In practice this is equivalent to no limit.
Using a model formset in a view
Model formsets are very similar to formsets. Let's say we want to present a
formset to edit ``Author`` model instances::
def manage_authors(request):
AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author)
if request.method == 'POST':
formset = AuthorFormSet(request.POST, request.FILES)
if formset.is_valid():
# do something.
formset = AuthorFormSet()
return render_to_response("manage_authors.html", {
"formset": formset,
As you can see, the view logic of a model formset isn't drastically different
than that of a "normal" formset. The only difference is that we call
```` to save the data into the database. (This was described
above, in :ref:`saving-objects-in-the-formset`.)
Overiding ``clean()`` on a ``model_formset``
Just like with ``ModelForms``, by default the ``clean()`` method of a
``model_formset`` will validate that none of the items in the formset violate
the unique constraints on your model (either ``unique``, ``unique_together`` or
``unique_for_date|month|year``). If you want to override the ``clean()`` method
on a ``model_formset`` and maintain this validation, you must call the parent
class's ``clean`` method::
class MyModelFormSet(BaseModelFormSet):
def clean(self):
super(MyModelFormSet, self).clean()
# example custom validation across forms in the formset:
for form in self.forms:
# your custom formset validation
Using a custom queryset
As stated earlier, you can override the default queryset used by the model
def manage_authors(request):
AuthorFormSet = modelformset_factory(Author)
if request.method == "POST":
formset = AuthorFormSet(request.POST, request.FILES,
if formset.is_valid():
# Do something.
formset = AuthorFormSet(queryset=Author.objects.filter(name__startswith='O'))
return render_to_response("manage_authors.html", {
"formset": formset,
Note that we pass the ``queryset`` argument in both the ``POST`` and ``GET``
cases in this example.
Using the formset in the template
.. highlight:: html+django
There are three ways to render a formset in a Django template.
First, you can let the formset do most of the work::
<form method="post" action="">
{{ formset }}
Second, you can manually render the formset, but let the form deal with
<form method="post" action="">
{{ formset.management_form }}
{% for form in formset %}
{{ form }}
{% endfor %}
When you manually render the forms yourself, be sure to render the management
form as shown above. See the :ref:`management form documentation
Third, you can manually render each field::
<form method="post" action="">
{{ formset.management_form }}
{% for form in formset %}
{% for field in form %}
{{ field.label_tag }}: {{ field }}
{% endfor %}
{% endfor %}
If you opt to use this third method and you don't iterate over the fields with
a ``{% for %}`` loop, you'll need to render the primary key field. For example,
if you were rendering the ``name`` and ``age`` fields of a model::
<form method="post" action="">
{{ formset.management_form }}
{% for form in formset %}
{{ }}
<li>{{ }}</li>
<li>{{ form.age }}</li>
{% endfor %}
Notice how we need to explicitly render ``{{ }}``. This ensures that
the model formset, in the ``POST`` case, will work correctly. (This example
assumes a primary key named ``id``. If you've explicitly defined your own
primary key that isn't called ``id``, make sure it gets rendered.)
.. highlight:: python
.. _inline-formsets:
Inline formsets
Inline formsets is a small abstraction layer on top of model formsets. These
simplify the case of working with related objects via a foreign key. Suppose
you have these two models::
class Author(models.Model):
name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
class Book(models.Model):
author = models.ForeignKey(Author)
title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
If you want to create a formset that allows you to edit books belonging to
a particular author, you could do this::
>>> from django.forms.models import inlineformset_factory
>>> BookFormSet = inlineformset_factory(Author, Book)
>>> author = Author.objects.get(name=u'Mike Royko')
>>> formset = BookFormSet(instance=author)
.. note::
:func:`~django.forms.models.inlineformset_factory` uses
:func:`~django.forms.models.modelformset_factory` and marks
.. seealso::
:ref:`Manually rendered can_delete and can_order <manually-rendered-can-delete-and-can-order>`.
More than one foreign key to the same model
If your model contains more than one foreign key to the same model, you'll
need to resolve the ambiguity manually using ``fk_name``. For example, consider
the following model::
class Friendship(models.Model):
from_friend = models.ForeignKey(Friend)
to_friend = models.ForeignKey(Friend)
length_in_months = models.IntegerField()
To resolve this, you can use ``fk_name`` to
>>> FriendshipFormSet = inlineformset_factory(Friend, Friendship, fk_name="from_friend")
Using an inline formset in a view
You may want to provide a view that allows a user to edit the related objects
of a model. Here's how you can do that::
def manage_books(request, author_id):
author = Author.objects.get(pk=author_id)
BookInlineFormSet = inlineformset_factory(Author, Book)
if request.method == "POST":
formset = BookInlineFormSet(request.POST, request.FILES, instance=author)
if formset.is_valid():
# Do something. Should generally end with a redirect. For example:
return HttpResponseRedirect(author.get_absolute_url())
formset = BookInlineFormSet(instance=author)
return render_to_response("manage_books.html", {
"formset": formset,
Notice how we pass ``instance`` in both the ``POST`` and ``GET`` cases.
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