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Django CRUD through a single view

A single view implementation of table CRUD operations for Django. Single view means single URL to be registered in URL namespace. All CRUD operations are invoked with the same URL but with URL arguments to distinguish them. This allows less crowded and a simpler URL namespace.


I don't maintain or use this project anymore. I have since moved to a new CRUD that leverages Django's class based views. This is more modular and reuses all the good bits from core Django code. You can find it here.


Django comes with an excellent admin framework that provides a sophisticated interface for table CRUD operations. However, the admin framework is closely tied to Django's default user management and its permission management systems. If your project bypasses either of these, employing the CRUD in the admin framework can get a little tricky.

Secondly, django admin also implicitly adds a number urls to your url namespace. These urls list the apps whose models are are registered with it and for each app, the models in the app that have an admin CRUD interface. While these can be forcefully removed by overriding the ModelAdmin class and using it to create your own admin based CRUD classes, managing and getting around its various dependencies can quickly get tedious to manage. And when Django gets upgraded, you have the job of reviewing the new admin interface to make sure that it did not introduce any new 'holes' into your url namespace.

This project is aimed at addressing the above shortcomings by developing a pure django view that provides basic table CRUD operations. To use, derive from this view class providing it with the appropriate initialization parameters and then hook it up to the url namespace yourself explicitly.


  1. Easiest way to install crud is to get it from PyPi using pip. Do this by::

    pip install singleurlcrud

  2. Add it to INSTALLED_APPS in projects



  • django-bootstrap3
  • django-pure-pagination


Consider the following model (taken from polls app, which is bundled with the source code):

from django.db import models

class Question(models.Model):
    question_text = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    pub_date = models.DateTimeField('Date published')
    author = models.ForeignKey(Author, null=True, default=None)

To get a fully functional CRUD for this table, declare a view like below:

from singleurlcrud.views import CRUDView
from .models import Question

    model = Question
    list_display = ('question_text', 'pub_date', 'author')

Thereafter, hook this view to the desired url through

from django.conf.urls import url
from .views import *

urlpatterns = [
        url(r'^questions/$', QuestionCRUDView.as_view(), name='questions')

That's it! You get a fully functional CRUD that will allow you to create, update and delete records from Question table, all rooted at

Usage examples

This section documents the various common use case scenarios and how to implement them using the CRUDView.

Custom multi-row actions

To enable action on a group of selected rows, override get_actions() method and return from it a list of 2-tuples where each tuple is of the form (label, handler,). Label is the label that will be displayed on the Actions drop down menu and handler is the derived class method that will be invoked when user selects the corresponding action item.

Handler method should be of the format

def action_handler(self, request, qs):
            request - the HttpRequest object
            qs - queryset containing the selected rows upon which the action
                 is to be performed.

            None - for view to refresh itself
            HttpResponse - to explicitly return a response object
    # do some action

Note that actions dropdown menu button (placed next to Create New.. button) will only be shown when there is at least one multi-row action item defined.

To illustrate with an example:

class MyTableCRUDView(CRUDView):
    def get_actions(self):
        return [
                (_('Mark as done'), mark_as_done, ),
    def mark_as_done(self, request, qs):
        for obj in qs:
        return None # can be omitted for implicit return None

Custom per-row actions

Per row custom actions are supported through the callback get_item_actions(). The return value from this method is a list of objects, one for each action, of the prototype ItemAction. When user selects the action, the corresponding ItemAction object's doAction() method is invoked. This method is given the selected row as an argument.

ItemAction object has three class variables that need to initialized:

Variable Purpose
title The `alt' text displayed for the action icon
key A unique string (amongst other actions) to identify this action
css CSS class for the icon element for this action

The following code example should make the options above clearer:

class MyTableCRUD(CRUDView):

    class VoteAction(CRUDView.ItemAction):
        '''Per item custom action definition'''
       title = _('Mark as done')
       key = 'mark_as_done'
       css = 'glyphicon glyphicon-ok'

        def doAction(self, obj):

Editing child models using formset

Singleurlcrud supports editing child table rows using the Django FormSet mechanism. To facilitate this, override get_formset_class() method in your CRUDView derived class and return the inline_formset for the child model from this method.

For our example project, polls, Author table's CRUD view is a good candidate to introduce inline formset editing as one author can create many questions and therefore the models are related by a foreign key. In order to achieve this we just have to override get_formset_class() as below:

class AuthorCRUDView(CRUDView):
    '''Author table CRUD'''
    model = Author
    list_display = ('name', 'email')

    def get_formset_class(self):
        return inlineformset_factory(
                Author,     # parent model
                Question,   # child model
                fields=['question_text', 'pub_date'], # fields for inline edit
                can_delete=True,    # can rows be deleted?
                extra=1)    # number of extra forms for adding new child entries

Note that here we're not using any custom forms and are leaving all the work to the excelleng inlineformset_factory(). It builds a formset with individual forms for each child model instance and an extra form for entering new child model instance.



CRUDView provides many options which allows customizing its behavior. These are documented below:


Specifies the template that is used to render the list of items. This defaults to singleurlcrud/list.html and is rarely necessary to be customized.


The form class to be use for create and update operations. This is optional and if not spefified, CRUD will create a form using modelform_factory using the fields specified in form_fields option. If form_fields is not spefified, CRUDView will try to use the fields in list_display.


A boolean value, this controls whether the create operation is allowed. By default it is allowed, that is, this is set to True.


A boolean value, this controls whether the update operation is allowed. By default it is allowed, that is, this is set to True.


A boolean value, this controls whether the delete operation is allowed. By default it is allowed, that is, this is set to True.


The context variable name that will be set to the object list for the list view. Defaults to object_list. You only need to customize this if you have a custom template that want to use a different template variable name (for some reason).


Title of the list view page.


CSS classes applied to the table in list view. Defaults to table table-striped table-condensed table-bordered.


A dictionary that contains the labels to be used for each column in the list view. If not specified, column names will default to the field name specified in list_display. For callable column entries, attribute value <callable>.short_description is used as the column title.


A boolean value, this controls whether multiple item deletion is allowed. Multiple item deletion is implemented using a checkbox against each item row and then selecting a dropdopwn menu item at the top. Set to False by default.


A dictionary that has the CRUD url for each foreign key field of the model for which create and update operation through a popup window is to be enabled.

Note that the view urls for the foreign key field models should also be implemented using CRUDView for this to work.

Overridable methods

Like options, CRUDView also provides many methods that can be overridden by the client class to customize the CRUD behavior. Many of these methods are simple wrappers around class variables, provided to allow dynamic values to be returned for the relevant options.


Returns the form class that will be instantiated for create and update operations. By default returns the value of form_class option, if it's defined. If form_class is not defined, a ModelForm class for the model with fields set to either of the value of form_fields or list_display will be returned.

get_form(form_class, **kwargs)

Returns the form object to be used for create and update operations. form_class will be set to the return value of get_form_class. **kwargs will contain additional arguments, such as form initial data for the update operation of CRUD, that are to be passed to the form constructor.


Return a tuple, that lists the fields of form used in create and update operations. Note that this method will only be called if a form_class is not specified and get_form() is not overridden.


CRUDView supports editing of child models using a formset. To activate this feature, override this method and return the formset class to be used for inline editing of the child model instances.

Typically one can use one of the django factory methods inlineformset_factory or modelformset_factory() to create this class.

By default this method returns None which disables child model editing.

get_formset(formset_class, **kwargs)

Return the formset class instance to be used for editing child model instances.


Wrapper around the class option related_field_crud_urls. By default returns the value assigned to option variable related_field_curd_urls.


Return a custom url, presumably with its own view that you write, that you want to use for the create operation. By default returns None.


Return a custom url, presumably with its own view that you write, that you want to use for the update operation. By default returns None.


Return a custom url, presumably with its own view that you write, that you want to use for the delete operation. By default returns None.


Returns the template used to render each item in list view. Template returned by this method is used to render each row of the model in list view. You can override this to customize per item rendering.

For example, by default each row of the table is given on table row. But for your model, you might want to render additional rows listing the child model instances associated with the model row. You can acheive this by overriding this method to return a custom template.


Wrapper for pagetitle class options variable.


Wrapper for allow_create class option. Method allows for determining this value during runtime rather than static definition in the code.


Wrapper for allow_edit class option. Method allows for determining this value during runtime rather than static definition in the code.


Wrapper for allow_delete class option. Method allows for determining this value during runtime rather than static definition in the code.


Wrapper for allow_multiple_item_delete class option. Method allows for determining this value during runtime rather than static definition in the code.


Often times you might want to control the number of rows that a user can create on a table. Or you might want to limit row creation based on user roles. When such logic is determined dyanamically and the creation operation is disallowed, you can display an alert message when the table CRUD is activated.

This method allows you to specify the custom message that will be displayed on top of the list view (where the Create New.. button would've been) informing the user that row creation is disallowed.


If your site supports breadcrumbs, override this method to return a list of breadcrumbs that depicts the navigation path to the CRUD url. Each item of this list is a 2-tuple of the form (text, url) where text is to be added to the breadcrumbs hyperlinking it to url.

Breadcrumbs returned from this method are passed to the context through the context variable breadcrumbs. Ideally, your project's base template should handle this list by rendering each item in the list as an appropriately styled <li> or something similar.


Return a list of tuples where each tuple consists of (label, handler,) where label will be displayed in the action dropdown and handler is a method in the derived class that is to be invoked when the user selects the action.


Return a list of ItemAction derived objects that represent the additional item specific action to be invoked for each item in the itemlist. When the action is selected, the corresponding ItemAction object's doAction() method will be invoked. ItemAction has the following prototype:

class ItemAction(object):
    title = ''
    key = ''
    css = ''

    def doAction(self, item):


Return a boolean to indicate if the object can be deleted. By default, True is returned by the base class. If False is returned for any object, the delete option for that item will be disabled.

This method, alongwith item_editable below, allows controlling per item delete and edit operations based on the row or some other dynamic property.


Same as item_deletable above, but works for updating an item.

Helper methods

return_as_href(label, urlname, kwargs)

This helper method return a well formed anchor element composed of its three arguments of the form:

    <a href="reverse(urlname, kwargs=kwargs)">label<a>

This helper can be used to conveniently return an anchor element from a method that is listed as one of the columns in list view.


Modified BSD


Hari Mahadevan <>_

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