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drf-url-filters is a simple django app to apply filters on drf modelviewset's queryset in a clean, simple and configurable way. It also supports validations on incoming query params and their values. A beautiful python package voluptuous is being used for validations on the incoming query parameters. The best part about voluptuous is you can define your own validations as per your query params requirements.

Quick start


  1. Download drf-url-filters app package from this git repo or can be installed using python-pip like pip install drf-url-filters.

  2. Add filters in INSTALLED_APPS of file of django project.

How it works

  1. Your View or ModelViewSet should inherit FiltersMixin from filters.mixins.FiltersMixin.

  2. To apply filters using drf-url-filters we need to configure our view to have a dict mapping filter_mappings which converts incoming query parameters to query you want to make on the column name on the queryset.

  3. Optionally, to perform any preprocessing on the incoming values for query params, add another dict filter_value_transformations which maps incoming query parameters to functions that should be applied to the values corresponding to them. The resultant value is used in the final filtering.

import six

from filters.schema import base_query_params_schema
from filters.validations import (

# make a validation schema for players filter query params
players_query_schema = base_query_param_schema.extend(
        "id": IntegerLike(),
        "name": six.text_type,  # Depends on python version
        "team_id": CSVofIntegers(),  # /?team_id=1,2,3
        "install_ts": DatetimeWithTZ(),
        "update_ts": DatetimeWithTZ(),
        "taller_than": IntegerLike(),

from rest_framework import (

from .models import Player, Team
from .pagination import ResultSetPagination
from .serializers import PlayerSerializer, TeamSerializer
from .validations import teams_query_schema, players_query_schema
from filters.mixins import (

class PlayersViewSet(FiltersMixin, viewsets.ModelViewSet):
    This viewset automatically provides `list`, `create`, `retrieve`,
    `update` and `destroy` actions.
    queryset = Player.objects.prefetch_related(
        'teams'  # use prefetch_related to minimize db hits.
    serializer_class = PlayerSerializer
    pagination_class = ResultSetPagination
    filter_backends = (filters.OrderingFilter,)
    ordering_fields = ('id', 'name', 'update_ts')
    ordering = ('id',)

    # add a mapping of query_params to db_columns(queries)
    filter_mappings = {
        'id': 'id',
        'name': 'name__icontains',
        'team_id': 'teams',
        'install_ts': 'install_ts',
        'update_ts': 'update_ts',
        'update_ts__gte': 'update_ts__gte',
        'update_ts__lte': 'update_ts__lte',
        'taller_than': 'height__gte',

    filter_value_transformations = {
        'taller_than': lambda val: val / 30.48  # cm to ft

    # add validation on filters
    filter_validation_schema = players_query_schema

With the use of drf-url-filters adding a new filter on a new column is as simple as adding a new key in the dict. Prohibitting a filter on particular column is same as removing a key value mapping from the filter_mappings dict.


MIT License Copyright (c) 2016 Manjit Kumar.


Special thanks to authors of voluptuous and friends cdax and saurabhjha who encourage people to contribute into open source community.


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