Django: limiting querysets in admin forms

Let's suppose you have two related types of objects in your Django app. Call them Object and SuperObject, related ManyToMany'ly. And when you add/change SuperObject in Django admin, there's all Objects available for selection. But you need to limit the choices, and limit dynamically (perhaps, depending on current user). Here's quite straightforward but working technique.

def make_metaform(user):
    class MetaForm(forms.ModelForm):
        class Meta:
            model = SuperObject
        objects_list = forms.ModelMultipleChoiceField(
    return MetaForm

class MetaAdmin(ZpixObject):
    def __call__(self, request, url):
        self.form = make_metaform(request.user)
        return ZpixObject.__call__(self, request, url)

What do we do here:

  • function make_metaform takes User object and returns forms.Form subclass (class factory)
  • this function creates common forms.ModelForm for SuperObject
  • then it overrides standard (for ManyToMany relationship) objects_list attribute with the same forms.ModelMultipleChoiceField, but having other queryset parameter
  • in our example we filter Objects by permissions, stored in other table/model — ObjectMod
  • we should use modified subclass ModelAdmin for managing SuperObjects in admin
  • as new MetaAdmin is created (__call__ed), we call metaform function and assign its result to standard ModelAdmin attribute form
  • then we call standard ModelAdmin class method


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