[Fixed]-Using existing field values in django update query


You can do this using an F expression:

from django.db.models import F
tasks = Task.objects.filter(task_definition__cascades=False)

There are some restrictions on what you can do with F objects in an update call, but it’ll work fine for this case:

Calls to update can also use F expressions to update one field based on the value of another field in the model.

However, unlike F() objects in filter and exclude clauses, you canโ€™t introduce joins when you use F() objects in an update โ€“ you can only reference fields local to the model being updated. If you attempt to introduce a join with an F() object, a FieldError will be raised[.]



I stumbled upon this topic and noticed Django’s limitation of updates with foreign keys, so I now use raw SQL in Django:

from django.db import connection
with connection.cursor() as cursor:
    cursor.execute("UPDATE a JOIN b ON a.b_id = b.id SET a.myField = b.myField")

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