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Django States (v2)

Authors: - Jonathan Slenders, City Live nv - Gert van Gool, City Live nv


State engine for django models. Define a state graph for a model and remember the state of each object. State transitions can be logged for objects.

Usage example

It's basically these two things:

  • Derived your model from StateModel
  • Add a Machine class to your model, for the state machine
from states2.models import StateMachine, StateDefinition, StateTransition
from states2.models import StateModel

class PurchaseStateMachine(StateMachine):
   log_transitions = True

   class initiated(StateDefinition):
       description = _('Purchase initiated')
       initial = True

   class paid(StateDefinition):
       description = _('Purchase paid')

       def handler(self, instance):

   class shipped(StateDefinition):
       description = _('Purchase shipped')

   class mark_paid(StateTransition):
       from_state = 'initiated'
       to_state = 'paid'
       description = 'Mark this purchase as paid'

   class ship(StateTransition):
       from_state = 'paid'
       to_state = 'shipped'
       description = 'Ship purchase'

       def handler(transition, instance, user):

       def has_permission(transition, instance, user):
           return true_when_user_can_make_this_transition()

class Purchase(StateModel):
    Machine = PurchaseStateMachine
    ... (other fields for a purchase)

You may of course nest the Machine class, like you would usually do for Meta.

This will create the necessary models. if log_transitions is enabled, another model is created. Everything should be compatible with South.

Usage example:

p = Purchase()

# Will automatically create state object for this purchase, in the
# initial state.
p.make_transition('initiate', request.user) # User parameter is optional
p.state # Will return 'paid'
p.state_description # Will return 'Purchase paid'

# Will return all the state transitions for this instance.

# The user who triggered this transition

# Will return 'complete' or 'failed', depending on the state of this
# state transition.

# Returns an iterator of possible transitions for this purchase.

For better transition control, override:

  • has_permission(self, instance, user):

    Check whether this user is allowed to make this transition.

  • handler(self, instance, user):

    Code to run during this transition. When an exception has been raised in here, the transition will not be made.

Get all objects in a certain state:


Actions for the Django Admin (see admin actions):

class PurchaseAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin);
    actions = Purchase.Machine.get_admin_actions()
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