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Django2.0手册:Using mixins with class-based views

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This is an advanced topic. A working knowledge of Django’s
class-based views
is advised before exploring these

Django’s built-in class-based views provide a lot of functionality,
but some of it you may want to use separately. For instance, you may
want to write a view that renders a template to make the HTTP
response, but you can’t use
TemplateView; perhaps you need to
render a template only on POST, with GET doing something else
entirely. While you could use
TemplateResponse directly, this
will likely result in duplicate code.

For this reason, Django also provides a number of mixins that provide
more discrete functionality. Template rendering, for instance, is
encapsulated in the
TemplateResponseMixin. The Django
reference documentation contains full documentation of all the

Context and template responses¶

Two central mixins are provided that help in providing a consistent
interface to working with templates in class-based views.


Every built in view which returns a
TemplateResponse will call the
method that TemplateResponseMixin provides. Most of the time this
will be called for you (for instance, it is called by the get() method
implemented by both TemplateView and
DetailView); similarly, it’s unlikely
that you’ll need to override it, although if you want your response to
return something not rendered via a Django template then you’ll want to do
it. For an example of this, see the JSONResponseMixin example.

render_to_response() itself calls
which by default will just look up
template_name on
the class-based view; two other mixins
override this to provide more flexible defaults when dealing with actual

Every built in view which needs context data, such as for rendering a
template (including TemplateResponseMixin above), should call
get_context_data() passing
any data they want to ensure is in there as keyword arguments.
get_context_data() returns a dictionary; in ContextMixin it
simply returns its keyword arguments, but it is common to override this to
add more members to the dictionary. You can also use the
extra_context attribute.

Building up Django’s generic class-based views¶

Let’s look at how two of Django’s generic class-based views are built
out of mixins providing discrete functionality. We’ll consider
DetailView, which renders a
“detail” view of an object, and
ListView, which will render a list
of objects, typically from a queryset, and optionally paginate
them. This will introduce us to four mixins which between them provide
useful functionality when working with either a single Django object,
or multiple objects.

There are also mixins involved in the generic edit views
(FormView, and the model-specific
views CreateView,
UpdateView and
DeleteView), and in the
date-based generic views. These are
covered in the mixin reference

DetailView: working with a single Django object

To show the detail of an object, we basically need to do two things:
we need to look up the object and then we need to make a
TemplateResponse with a suitable template,
and that object as context.

To get the object, DetailView
relies on SingleObjectMixin,
which provides a
method that figures out the object based on the URL of the request (it
looks for pk and slug keyword arguments as declared in the
URLConf, and looks the object up either from the
model attribute
on the view, or the
attribute if that’s provided). SingleObjectMixin also overrides
which is used across all Django’s built in class-based views to supply
context data for template renders.

To then make a TemplateResponse,
DetailView uses
which extends TemplateResponseMixin,
as discussed above. It actually provides a fairly sophisticated set of options,
but the main one that most people are going to use is
<app_label>/<model_name>_detail.html. The _detail part can be changed
by setting
on a subclass to something else. (For instance, the generic edit
use _form for create and update views, and
_confirm_delete for delete views.)

ListView: working with many Django objects

Lists of objects follow roughly the same pattern: we need a (possibly
paginated) list of objects, typically a
QuerySet, and then we need to make a
TemplateResponse with a suitable template
using that list of objects.

To get the objects, ListView uses
MultipleObjectMixin, which
provides both
paginate_queryset(). Unlike
with SingleObjectMixin, there’s no need
to key off parts of the URL to figure out the queryset to work with, so the
default just uses the
queryset or
model attribute
on the view class. A common reason to override
here would be to dynamically vary the objects, such as depending on
the current user or to exclude posts in the future for a blog.

MultipleObjectMixin also overrides
get_context_data() to
include appropriate context variables for pagination (providing
dummies if pagination is disabled). It relies on object_list being
passed in as a keyword argument, which ListView arranges for

To make a TemplateResponse,
ListView then uses
as with SingleObjectTemplateResponseMixin
above, this overrides get_template_names() to provide a range of
with the most commonly-used being
<app_label>/<model_name>_list.html, with the _list part again
being taken from the
attribute. (The date based generic views use suffixes such as _archive,
_archive_year and so on to use different templates for the various
specialized date-based list views.)

Using Django’s class-based view mixins¶

Now we’ve seen how Django’s generic class-based views use the provided
mixins, let’s look at other ways we can combine them. Of course we’re
still going to be combining them with either built-in class-based
views, or other generic class-based views, but there are a range of
rarer problems you can solve than are provided for by Django out of
the box.


Not all mixins can be used together, and not all generic class
based views can be used with all other mixins. Here we present a
few examples that do work; if you want to bring together other
functionality then you’ll have to consider interactions between
attributes and methods that overlap between the different classes
you’re using, and how method resolution order will affect which
versions of the methods will be called in what order.

The reference documentation for Django’s class-based
and class-based view
will help you in
understanding which attributes and methods are likely to cause
conflict between different classes and mixins.

If in doubt, it’s often better to back off and base your work on
View or TemplateView, perhaps with
SingleObjectMixin and
MultipleObjectMixin. Although you
will probably end up writing more code, it is more likely to be clearly
understandable to someone else coming to it later, and with fewer
interactions to worry about you will save yourself some thinking. (Of
course, you can always dip into Django’s implementation of the generic
class-based views for inspiration on how to tackle problems.)

Using SingleObjectMixin with View

If we want to write a simple class-based view that responds only to
POST, we’ll subclass View and
write a post() method in the subclass. However if we want our
processing to work on a particular object, identified from the URL,
we’ll want the functionality provided by

We’ll demonstrate this with the Author model we used in the
generic class-based views introduction.
from django.http import HttpResponseForbidden, HttpResponseRedirect
from django.urls import reverse
from django.views import View
from django.views.generic.detail import SingleObjectMixin
from books.models import Author

class RecordInterest(SingleObjectMixin, View):
    """Records the current user's interest in an author."""
    model = Author

    def post(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        if not request.user.is_authenticated:
            return HttpResponseForbidden()

        # Look up the author we're interested in.
        self.object = self.get_object()
        # Actually record interest somehow here!

        return HttpResponseRedirect(reverse('author-detail', kwargs={'pk':}))

In practice you’d probably want to record the interest in a key-value
store rather than in a relational database, so we’ve left that bit
out. The only bit of the view that needs to worry about using
SingleObjectMixin is where we want to
look up the author we’re interested in, which it just does with a simple call
to self.get_object(). Everything else is taken care of for us by the

We can hook this into our URLs easily enough:
from django.urls import path
from books.views import RecordInterest

urlpatterns = [
    path('author/<int:pk>/interest/', RecordInterest.as_view(), name='author-interest'),

Note the pk named group, which
get_object() uses
to look up the Author instance. You could also use a slug, or
any of the other features of

Using SingleObjectMixin with ListView

ListView provides built-in
pagination, but you might want to paginate a list of objects that are
all linked (by a foreign key) to another object. In our publishing
example, you might want to paginate through all the books by a
particular publisher.

One way to do this is to combine ListView with
SingleObjectMixin, so that the queryset
for the paginated list of books can hang off the publisher found as the single
object. In order to do this, we need to have two different querysets:

Book queryset for use by ListView
Since we have access to the Publisher whose books we want to list, we
simply override get_queryset() and use the Publisher’s
reverse foreign key manager.
Publisher queryset for use in get_object()
We’ll rely on the default implementation of get_object() to fetch the
correct Publisher object.
However, we need to explicitly pass a queryset argument because
otherwise the default implementation of get_object() would call
get_queryset() which we have overridden to return Book objects
instead of Publisher ones.


We have to think carefully about get_context_data().
Since both SingleObjectMixin and
ListView will
put things in the context data under the value of
context_object_name if it’s set, we’ll instead explicitly
ensure the Publisher is in the context data. ListView
will add in the suitable page_obj and paginator for us
providing we remember to call super().

Now we can write a new PublisherDetail:

from django.views.generic import ListView
from django.views.generic.detail import SingleObjectMixin
from books.models import Publisher

class PublisherDetail(SingleObjectMixin, ListView):
    paginate_by = 2
    template_name = "books/publisher_detail.html"

    def get(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        self.object = self.get_object(queryset=Publisher.objects.all())
        return super().get(request, *args, **kwargs)

    def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
        context = super().get_context_data(**kwargs)
        context['publisher'] = self.object
        return context

    def get_queryset(self):
        return self.object.book_set.all()

Notice how we set self.object within get() so we
can use it again later in get_context_data() and get_queryset().
If you don’t set template_name, the template will default to the normal
ListView choice, which in this case would be
"books/book_list.html" because it’s a list of books;
ListView knows nothing about
SingleObjectMixin, so it doesn’t have
any clue this view is anything to do with a Publisher.

The paginate_by is deliberately small in the example so you don’t
have to create lots of books to see the pagination working! Here’s the
template you’d want to use:

{% extends "base.html" %}

{% block content %}
    <h2>Publisher {{ }}</h2>

      {% for book in page_obj %}
        <li>{{ book.title }}</li>
      {% endfor %}

    <div class="pagination">
        <span class="step-links">
            {% if page_obj.has_previous %}
                <a href="?page={{ page_obj.previous_page_number }}">previous</a>
            {% endif %}

            <span class="current">
                Page {{ page_obj.number }} of {{ paginator.num_pages }}.

            {% if page_obj.has_next %}
                <a href="?page={{ page_obj.next_page_number }}">next</a>
            {% endif %}
{% endblock %}

Avoid anything more complex¶

Generally you can use
TemplateResponseMixin and
SingleObjectMixin when you need
their functionality. As shown above, with a bit of care you can even
combine SingleObjectMixin with
ListView. However things get
increasingly complex as you try to do so, and a good rule of thumb is:


Each of your views should use only mixins or views from one of the
groups of generic class-based views: detail,
, editing and
date. For example it’s fine to combine
TemplateView (built in view) with
MultipleObjectMixin (generic list), but
you’re likely to have problems combining SingleObjectMixin (generic
detail) with MultipleObjectMixin (generic list).

To show what happens when you try to get more sophisticated, we show
an example that sacrifices readability and maintainability when there
is a simpler solution. First, let’s look at a naive attempt to combine
DetailView with
FormMixin to enable us to
POST a Django Form to the same URL as we’re
displaying an object using DetailView.

Using FormMixin with DetailView

Think back to our earlier example of using View and
SingleObjectMixin together. We were
recording a user’s interest in a particular author; say now that we want to
let them leave a message saying why they like them. Again, let’s assume we’re
not going to store this in a relational database but instead in
something more esoteric that we won’t worry about here.

At this point it’s natural to reach for a Form to
encapsulate the information sent from the user’s browser to Django. Say also
that we’re heavily invested in REST, so we want to use the same URL for
displaying the author as for capturing the message from the
user. Let’s rewrite our AuthorDetailView to do that.

We’ll keep the GET handling from DetailView, although
we’ll have to add a Form into the context data so we can
render it in the template. We’ll also want to pull in form processing
from FormMixin, and write a bit of
code so that on POST the form gets called appropriately.


We use FormMixin and implement
post() ourselves rather than try to mix DetailView with
FormView (which provides a suitable post() already) because
both of the views implement get(), and things would get much more

Our new AuthorDetail looks like this:

# CAUTION: you almost certainly do not want to do this.
# It is provided as part of a discussion of problems you can
# run into when combining different generic class-based view
# functionality that is not designed to be used together.

from django import forms
from django.http import HttpResponseForbidden
from django.urls import reverse
from django.views.generic import DetailView
from django.views.generic.edit import FormMixin
from books.models import Author

class AuthorInterestForm(forms.Form):
    message = forms.CharField()

class AuthorDetail(FormMixin, DetailView):
    model = Author
    form_class = AuthorInterestForm

    def get_success_url(self):
        return reverse('author-detail', kwargs={'pk':})

    def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
        context = super().get_context_data(**kwargs)
        context['form'] = self.get_form()
        return context

    def post(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        if not request.user.is_authenticated:
            return HttpResponseForbidden()
        self.object = self.get_object()
        form = self.get_form()
        if form.is_valid():
            return self.form_valid(form)
            return self.form_invalid(form)

    def form_valid(self, form):
        # Here, we would record the user's interest using the message
        # passed in form.cleaned_data['message']
        return super().form_valid(form)

get_success_url() is just providing somewhere to redirect to,
which gets used in the default implementation of
form_valid(). We have to provide our own post() as
noted earlier, and override get_context_data() to make the
Form available in the context data.

A better solution

It should be obvious that the number of subtle interactions between
FormMixin and DetailView is
already testing our ability to manage things. It’s unlikely you’d want to
write this kind of class yourself.

In this case, it would be fairly easy to just write the post()
method yourself, keeping DetailView as the only generic
functionality, although writing Form handling code
involves a lot of duplication.

Alternatively, it would still be easier than the above approach to
have a separate view for processing the form, which could use
FormView distinct from
DetailView without concerns.

An alternative better solution

What we’re really trying to do here is to use two different class
based views from the same URL. So why not do just that? We have a very
clear division here: GET requests should get the
DetailView (with the Form added to the context
data), and POST requests should get the FormView. Let’s
set up those views first.

The AuthorDisplay view is almost the same as when we
first introduced AuthorDetail
; we have to
write our own get_context_data() to make the
AuthorInterestForm available to the template. We’ll skip the
get_object() override from before for clarity:

from django import forms
from django.views.generic import DetailView
from books.models import Author

class AuthorInterestForm(forms.Form):
    message = forms.CharField()

class AuthorDisplay(DetailView):
    model = Author

    def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
        context = super().get_context_data(**kwargs)
        context['form'] = AuthorInterestForm()
        return context

Then the AuthorInterest is a simple FormView, but we
have to bring in SingleObjectMixin so we
can find the author we’re talking about, and we have to remember to set
template_name to ensure that form errors will render the same
template as AuthorDisplay is using on GET:

from django.http import HttpResponseForbidden
from django.urls import reverse
from django.views.generic import FormView
from django.views.generic.detail import SingleObjectMixin

class AuthorInterest(SingleObjectMixin, FormView):
    template_name = 'books/author_detail.html'
    form_class = AuthorInterestForm
    model = Author

    def post(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        if not request.user.is_authenticated:
            return HttpResponseForbidden()
        self.object = self.get_object()
        return super().post(request, *args, **kwargs)

    def get_success_url(self):
        return reverse('author-detail', kwargs={'pk':})

Finally we bring this together in a new AuthorDetail view. We
already know that calling as_view() on
a class-based view gives us something that behaves exactly like a function
based view, so we can do that at the point we choose between the two subviews.

You can of course pass through keyword arguments to
as_view() in the same way you
would in your URLconf, such as if you wanted the AuthorInterest behavior
to also appear at another URL but using a different template:

from django.views import View

class AuthorDetail(View):

    def get(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        view = AuthorDisplay.as_view()
        return view(request, *args, **kwargs)

    def post(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        view = AuthorInterest.as_view()
        return view(request, *args, **kwargs)

This approach can also be used with any other generic class-based
views or your own class-based views inheriting directly from
View or TemplateView, as it keeps the different
views as separate as possible.

More than just HTML¶

Where class-based views shine is when you want to do the same thing many times.
Suppose you’re writing an API, and every view should return JSON instead of
rendered HTML.

We can create a mixin class to use in all of our views, handling the
conversion to JSON once.

For example, a simple JSON mixin might look something like this:

from django.http import JsonResponse

class JSONResponseMixin:
    A mixin that can be used to render a JSON response.
    def render_to_json_response(self, context, **response_kwargs):
        Returns a JSON response, transforming 'context' to make the payload.
        return JsonResponse(

    def get_data(self, context):
        Returns an object that will be serialized as JSON by json.dumps().
        # Note: This is *EXTREMELY* naive; in reality, you'll need
        # to do much more complex handling to ensure that arbitrary
        # objects -- such as Django model instances or querysets
        # -- can be serialized as JSON.
        return context


Check out the Serializing Django objects documentation for more
information on how to correctly transform Django models and querysets into

This mixin provides a render_to_json_response() method with the same signature
as render_to_response().
To use it, we simply need to mix it into a TemplateView for example,
and override render_to_response() to call render_to_json_response() instead:

from django.views.generic import TemplateView

class JSONView(JSONResponseMixin, TemplateView):
    def render_to_response(self, context, **response_kwargs):
        return self.render_to_json_response(context, **response_kwargs)

Equally we could use our mixin with one of the generic views. We can make our
own version of DetailView by mixing
JSONResponseMixin with the
django.views.generic.detail.BaseDetailView — (the
DetailView before template
rendering behavior has been mixed in):

from django.views.generic.detail import BaseDetailView

class JSONDetailView(JSONResponseMixin, BaseDetailView):
    def render_to_response(self, context, **response_kwargs):
        return self.render_to_json_response(context, **response_kwargs)

This view can then be deployed in the same way as any other
DetailView, with exactly the
same behavior — except for the format of the response.

If you want to be really adventurous, you could even mix a
DetailView subclass that is able
to return both HTML and JSON content, depending on some property of
the HTTP request, such as a query argument or a HTTP header. Just mix
in both the JSONResponseMixin and a
and override the implementation of
to defer to the appropriate rendering method depending on the type of response
that the user requested:

from django.views.generic.detail import SingleObjectTemplateResponseMixin

class HybridDetailView(JSONResponseMixin, SingleObjectTemplateResponseMixin, BaseDetailView):
    def render_to_response(self, context):
        # Look for a 'format=json' GET argument
        if self.request.GET.get('format') == 'json':
            return self.render_to_json_response(context)
            return super().render_to_response(context)

Because of the way that Python resolves method overloading, the call to
super().render_to_response(context) ends up calling the
implementation of TemplateResponseMixin.

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