How should I write tests for Forms in Django?


Question

I'd like to simulate requests to my views in Django when I'm writing tests. This is mainly to test the forms. Here's a snippet of a simple test request:

from django.tests import TestCase

class MyTests(TestCase):
    def test_forms(self):
        response = self.client.post("/my/form/", {'something':'something'})
        self.assertEqual(response.status_code, 200) # we get our page back with an error

The page always returns a response of 200 whether there's an form error or not. How can I check that my Form failed and that the particular field (soemthing) had an error?

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3/23/2016 7:12:32 PM

Accepted Answer

I think if you just want to test the form, then you should just test the form and not the view where the form is rendered. Example to get an idea:

from django.test import TestCase
from myapp.forms import MyForm

class MyTests(TestCase):
    def test_forms(self):
        form_data = {'something': 'something'}
        form = MyForm(data=form_data)
        self.assertTrue(form.is_valid())
        ... # other tests relating forms, for example checking the form data
230
8/23/2016 10:35:58 PM

https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/stable/topics/testing/tools/#django.test.SimpleTestCase.assertFormError

from django.tests import TestCase

class MyTests(TestCase):
    def test_forms(self):
        response = self.client.post("/my/form/", {'something':'something'})
        self.assertFormError(response, 'form', 'something', 'This field is required.')

Where "form" is the context variable name for your form, "something" is the field name, and "This field is required." is the exact text of the expected validation error.


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