[Solved]-Django ModelForm fails validation with no errors


Note that your link doesn’t call f.is_valid(), it just saves directly. This is potentially a bit misleading.

The point is that instantiating a form with just an instance parameter but no data does not bind it to data, and the form is therefore not valid. You will see that f.is_bound is False.

Behind the scenes, instance is really just the same as passing initial data, which as the docs note is only used to display the data initially and is not used for saving. You would probably benefit from reading the notes on bound and unbound forms.


If u still want to validate the object that was in the database, you can serialize it first and then create the Form with it.

from django.utils import simplejson
from django.core.serializers import serialize


fields_dict = simplejson.loads(serialize('json', [obj]))[0]['fields']
form = forms.MyForm(fields_dict)
if form.is_valid

This is probably not the best way to do it but the only one that I have found to get a bound form from a model. I need it because I want to validate the current data in the database. I create a question since I don’t think this is the best way of doing it:

Transform an unbound form to a bound one?


This isn’t a solution for OP, but it is for the post title, which is quite high in Google. So I’ll post it anyway, from here:

If you’re already giving request.POST to your form using request.POST or None, but it’s still invalid without errors, check that there isn’t any redirect going on. A redirect loses your POST data and your form will be invalid with no errors because it’s unbound.



Not so much a solution for OP but this was a problem I ran into, specifically when running unit tests on ModelForms, it was a nuisance to keep on having to bind the form then also define an instance with the very same data. I created a small helper function to make things easier which others may find useful — I’m only using this for testing purposes and would be cautious to deploy it anywhere else without significant tweaks (if at all)

def testing_model_form(instance, model_form_class):
A function that creates instances ModelForms useful for testing, basically takes an instance as an argument and will take care
of automatic binding of the form so it can be validated and errors checked
fields = model_form_class.Meta.fields

data_dict = {}
for field in fields:
    if hasattr(instance, field):
        # The field is present on the model instance
        data_dict[field] = getattr(instance, field)
x = model_form_class(data=data_dict)
x.instance = instance
return x

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