get request data in Django form


Is it possible to get request.user data in a form class? I want to clean an email address to make sure that it's unique, but if it's the current users email address then it should pass.

This is what I currently have which works great for creating new users, but if I want to edit a user I run into the problem of their email not validating, because it comes up as being taken already. If I could check that it's their email using then I would be able to solve my problem, but I'm not sure how to do that.

class editUserForm(forms.Form):
    email_address = forms.EmailField(widget=forms.TextInput(attrs={'class':'required'}))

    def clean_email_address(self):
        this_email = self.cleaned_data['email_address']
        test = UserProfiles.objects.filter(email = this_email)
        if len(test)>0:
            raise ValidationError("A user with that email already exists.")
            return this_email
11/14/2016 9:30:03 PM

Accepted Answer

As ars and Diarmuid have pointed out, you can pass request.user into your form, and use it in validating the email. Diarmuid's code, however, is wrong. The code should actually read:

from django import forms

class UserForm(forms.Form):
    email_address = forms.EmailField(widget = forms.TextInput(attrs = {'class':'required'}))

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        self.user = kwargs.pop('user', None)
        super(UserForm, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)

    def clean_email_address(self):
        email = self.cleaned_data.get('email_address')
        if self.user and == email:
            return email
        if UserProfile.objects.filter(email=email).count():
            raise forms.ValidationError(u'That email address already exists.')
        return email

Then, in your view, you can use it like so:

def someview(request):
    if request.method == 'POST':
        form = UserForm(request.POST, user=request.user)
        if form.is_valid():
            # Do something with the data
        form = UserForm(user=request.user)
    # Rest of your view follows

Note that you should pass request.POST as a keyword argument, since your constructor expects 'user' as the first positional argument.

Doing it this way, you need to pass user as a keyword argument. You can either pass request.POST as a positional argument, or a keyword argument (via data=request.POST).

12/31/2014 1:29:44 AM

Here's the way to get the user in your form when using generic views:

In the view, pass the request.user to the form using get_form_kwargs:

class SampleView(View):
    def get_form_kwargs(self):
        kwargs = super(SampleView, self).get_form_kwargs()
        kwargs['user'] = self.request.user
        return kwargs

In the form you will receive the user with the __init__ function:

class SampleForm(Form):
    def __init__(self, user, *args, **kwargs):
        super(SampleForm, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.user = user

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