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Show all signals receivers in Django project
# coding:utf-8
import gc
from sys import modules
import inspect
from optparse import make_option
import weakref
from import BaseCommand
from django.dispatch import Signal, saferef
REF_TYPES = (weakref.ReferenceType, saferef.BoundMethodWeakref, saferef.BoundMethodWeakref)
'vim': '{path}:{line}:{name}',
'human': '{name} in line {line} of {path}',
class Command(BaseCommand):
help = 'Show all signals receivers'
option_list = BaseCommand.option_list + (
help='Line format (available choices: {0})'.format(', '.join(FORMATS)),
def handle(self, *args, **options):
line_format = options['line_format']
if line_format not in FORMATS:
raise CommandError('format must be on of {0}, not {1}'.format(line_format, FORMATS.keys()))
msg = FORMATS[line_format]
signals = [obj for obj in gc.get_objects() if isinstance(obj, Signal)]
for signal in signals:
for receiver in signal.receivers:
_, receiver = receiver
# django.contrib.contenttypes.generic.GenericForeignKey.instance_pre_init is not weakref
if isinstance(receiver, REF_TYPES):
receiver = receiver()
print msg.format(name=receiver.func_name, line=inspect.getsourcelines(receiver)[1], path=inspect.getsourcefile(receiver))

@voldmar - this is really helpful - thanks for posting. Is it possible to get the name of the Signal as well as the receiver function - I've tried myself but can't work out how to do it.


Can you please indicate, preferably in-line, what Django version this relates to (or was tested on). It does not work on 1.7 for me (ImportError: cannot import name saferef)


I made a fork here that lists only model signals by model and signal type. Tested with django 1.7.

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