[Fixed]-Pass initial value to a modelform in django


You can pass initial value to a ModelForm like this:

form = PersonForm(initial={'fieldname': value})

For example, if you wanted to set initial age to 24 and name to "John Doe":

form = PersonForm(initial={'age': 24, 'name': 'John Doe'})


I think this addresses your actual question:

def my_form_factory(user_object):
    class PersonForm(forms.ModelForm):
        # however you define your form field, you can pass the initial here
        log_user = models.ChoiceField(choices=SOME_CHOICES, initial=user_object)
    return PersonForm

class PersonAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    form = my_form_factory(get_current_user())


In case anyone is still wondering, the following works to set initial values for an Admin form:

class PersonAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    def get_form(self, request, obj=None, **kwargs):
        form = super(PersonAdmin, self).get_form(request, obj=obj, **kwargs)
        form.base_fields['log_user'].initial = get_current_user()
        return form

Note that you can also set initial values via URL parameters: e.g. /admin/person/add?log_user=me



As your ModelForm is bound to the Person-Model, you could either pass a Person-Instance:

form = PersonForm(instance=Person.objects.get(foo=bar)

or overwrite the ModelForm’s init-method:

class PersonForm(forms.ModelForm):

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
       super(PersonForm, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
       self.fields['foo'].value = 'bar'

    class Meta:
        model = Person
        exclude = ['name']

This is untested. I’m not sure whether “value” is correct, I’m not having a Django-Installation here, but basically this is the way it works.

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