How can I pass kwargs in URL in django


In the django doc the url function is like this

url(regex, view, kwargs=None, name=None, prefix='')

I have this

url(r'^download/template/(?P<object_id>\d+)/$', views.myview().myfunction,model=models.userModel, name="sample")

This is my view

class myview(TemplateView):

    def myfunction(self,request, object_id, **kwargs):
        model = kwargs['model']

I get this error

url() got an unexpected keyword argument 'model'
12/3/2012 7:33:32 AM

Accepted Answer

You are trying to pass in a model keyword argument to the url() function; you need to pass in a kwargs argument instead (it takes a dictionary):

url(r'^download/template/(?P<object_id>\d+)/$', views.myview().myfunction, 
    kwargs=dict(model=models.userModel), name="sample")
12/3/2012 7:33:05 AM


url(r'^download/template/(?P<object_id>\d+)/$', views.myview().myfunction,model=models.userModel, name="sample")

Should be:

url(r'^download/template/(?P<object_id>\d+)/$', views.myview.as_view(model=models.userModel), name="sample")

See docs

Your current implementation is not thread safe. For example:

from django import http
from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from django.views import generic

class YourView(generic.TemplateView):
    def __init__(self): = None

    def your_func(self, request, object_id, **kwargs):
        print 'Foo', = 'bar'
        return http.HttpResponse('foo')

urlpatterns = patterns('test_app.views',
    url(r'^download/template/(?P<object_id>\d+)/$', YourView().your_func,
        kwargs=dict(model=User), name="sample"),

Would you expect it to print 'Foo None' ? Well be careful cause the instance is shared across requests:

Django version 1.4.2, using settings 'django_test.settings'
Development server is running at
Quit the server with CONTROL-C.
Foo None
[03/Dec/2012 08:14:31] "GET /test_app/download/template/3/ HTTP/1.1" 200 3
Foo bar
[03/Dec/2012 08:14:32] "GET /test_app/download/template/3/ HTTP/1.1" 200 3

So, when it's not thread safe, you can't assume that it will be in a clean state when the request starts - unlike when using as_view().

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