Simplifies the use of function attributes (eg.
short_description) for the django admin and makes mypy happy :)
- Python 3.6.1 or newer
- Django >= 1.11
pip install django-admin-display
If you want to change the behaviour of how Django displays a read-only value in the admin interface, you can add some special attributes to the corresponding method. Supported values are
Customize the column’s title of the callable.
Show this value instead, if the value of a field is
None, an empty string, or an iterable without elements.
Indicate that the value is represented by a certain database field.
Display a pretty “on” or “off” icon if the method returns a boolean.
allow_tags (deprecated since Django 1.9)
The following example shows, how you normally apply these attributes to an
AdminModel or a
class Company(models.Model): ... def owner(self) -> bool: return self.owner.last_name owner.short_description = "Company owner" owner.admin_order_field = 'owner__last_name'
This module replaces the way of defining these attributes by providing a handy decorator.
from django_admin_display import admin_display class Company(models.Model): ... @admin_display( short_description="Company owner", admin_order_field='owner__last_name', ) def owner(self) -> bool: return self.owner.last_name
There are mainly two reasons why this module exists.
It is quite common that a calculated model property is displayed in the admin interface:
class Company(models.Model): ... @property def created_on(self) -> datetime.date: return self.created_at.date()
In order to add special attributes, you have to create a protected method,
attach the attributes and wrap that method using
class Company(models.Model): ... def _created_on(self) -> datetime.date: return self.created_at.date() _created_on.short_description = "Created on" created_on = property(_created_on)
This is quite cumbersome, hard to read and most people don't know that this is even possible.
To overcome these downsides you can achieve the same result using the
from django_admin_display import admin_display class Company(models.Model): ... @property @admin_display( short_description = "Created on", ) def created_on(self) -> datetime.date: return self.created_at.date()
If you are using mypy, you have probably stumbled over an error similar to this one
"Callable[[Any, Any], Any]" has no attribute "short_description"
A common solution is to ignore the type checking by adding
# type: ignore to the end of the line:
class CompanyAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin): ... def created_on(self, company: models.Company) -> datetime.date: return company.created_at.date() created_on.short_description = "Created on" # type: ignore
The issue is already known and heavily discussed on github.
This decorator solves the issue by internally using
# type: ignore and providing a well-defined signature for setting the attributes.
It is not an optimal solution but works well until the issue has been resolved.
Additionally, pdbpp and better-exceptions are installed to provide a better debugging experience.
better-exceptions you have to run
export BETTER_EXCEPTIONS=1 in your current session/terminal.
Clone this repository and run
poetry install poetry run pre-commit install
to create a virtual enviroment containing all dependencies. Afterwards, you can run the test suite using
poetry run pytest
This repository follows the Conventional Commits style.
in the root of this repository.