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Howto use ListFields in Django's admin

Howto use ListFields in Django's admin

Problem

Consider this blog post model:

models.py

from django.db import models
from djangotoolbox.fields import ListField

class Post(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    categories = ListField()

admin.py

from django.contrib.admin import site
from models import Post

site.register(Post)

Trying to edit some posts in the admin crashes with:

No form field implemented for <class 'djangotoolbox.fields.ListField'>

Solution

What we need to do is to teach the admin how to display a ListField in the edit view. Our form field will be a simple <input type=text> input box with comma-separated category names. For more about custom form fields, refer to the Django documentation and your favourite search engine using the terms "Django custom form field".

First, we need to subclass ListField to override the formfield method:

from .forms import StringListField

class CategoryField(ListField):
    def formfield(self, **kwargs):
        return models.Field.formfield(self, StringListField, **kwargs)

class Post(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    categories = CategoryField()

Then, in forms.py, we define StringListField:

from django import forms

class StringListField(forms.CharField):
    def prepare_value(self, value):
        return ', '.join(value)

    def to_python(self, value):
        if not value:
            return []
        return [item.strip() for item in value.split(',')]

This will covert the comma-separated input box contents into a Python list, and the list value that is fetched from the database int a comma-separated string which is then displayed in the input box.

Let's add a post and check out the resulting model object in the database:

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/2391/editform.png
>>> Post.objects.get(title='foo').categories
[u'spam', u'eggs', u'bar']

It worked! Simple, isn't it?

from django.db import models
from djangotoolbox.fields import ListField
from .forms import StringListField
class CategoryField(ListField):
def formfield(self, **kwargs):
return models.Field.formfield(self, StringListField, **kwargs)
class Post(models.Model):
title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
categories = CategoryField()
from django import forms
class StringListField(forms.CharField):
def prepare_value(self, value):
return ', '.join(value)
def to_python(self, value):
if not value:
return []
return [item.strip() for item in value.split(',')]
from django.contrib.admin import site, ModelAdmin
from models import Post
def categories(instance):
return ', '.join(instance.categories)
class PostAdmin(ModelAdmin):
list_display = ['title', categories]
site.register(Post, PostAdmin)
@nerdshark

Thanks a lot for this!

@georgedorn

Is there something similar to handle loaddata/dumpdata? At the moment, my 'tags' SetField gets converted to a comma-delimited list of single characters.

@jonashaag
Owner

@georgedorn could you please open a bug for that: https://github.com/django-nonrel/django-nonrel. With your model definition and the output. Thanks!

@jonashaag
Owner

me neither :)

@jtdp

Very helpful. Thank You!

@ielshareef

Great work! Here's how to use EmbeddedModelField in Django's admin https://gist.github.com/3011156

@jmoz

Thanks. How would you model finding a post by one of the tags?

@DrKaoliN

This is very useful. Thanks a lot!

@jhgaylor

Thanks so much. This gist got me on the right page!

@koleror

Thanks! very helpful!

@delta24

Thanks! Saved my day!

@Arlus

I'll buy u a beer.

@arunshankerprasad

Excellent!!

@seaworld

谢谢,非常好

@opnchaudhary

Thank you

@Dastagirireddy

Thanks a lot

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