How can I disable a model field in a django form


I have a model like this:

class MyModel(models.Model):
    REGULAR = 1
    PREMIUM = 2
    STATUS_CHOICES = ((REGULAR, "regular"), (PREMIUM, "premium"))
    name = models.CharField(max_length=30)
    status = models.IntegerField(choices = STATUS_CHOICES, default = REGULAR)

class MyForm(forms.ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = models.MyModel

In a view I initialize one field and try to make it non-editable:

myform = MyForm(initial = {'status': requested_status})
myform.fields['status'].editable = False

But the user can still change that field.

What's the real way to accomplish what I'm after?

2/9/2011 1:56:03 PM

Accepted Answer

Step 1: Disable the frontend widget

Use the HTML readonly attribute:

Or disabled attribute:

You can inject arbitrary HTML key value pairs via the widget attrs property:

myform.fields['status'].widget.attrs['readonly'] = True # text input
myform.fields['status'].widget.attrs['disabled'] = True # radio / checkbox

Step 2: Ensure the field is effectively disabled on backend

Override your clean method for your field so that regardless of POST input (somebody can fake a POST, edit the raw HTML, etc.) you get the field value that already exists.

def clean_status(self):
    # when field is cleaned, we always return the existing model field.
    return self.instance.status
10/26/2017 9:03:48 PM

Have you tried using the exclude function?

something like this

class PartialAuthorForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
    model = Author
    fields = ('name', 'title')

class PartialAuthorForm(ModelForm):
class Meta:
    model = Author
    exclude = ('birth_date',)

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