Order and sanity for django model choices.



Django choices provides a declarative way of using the choices option on django fields.


Django choices is fairly simple, so most Python and Django versions should work. Django choices is tested against Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and PyPy. Django 1.3 until 1.9 (including) are officially supported (= tested in Travis).


Install like any other library:

pip install django-choices

There is no need to add it in your installed apps.

To use it, you write a choices class, and use it in your model fields:

from djchoices import DjangoChoices, ChoiceItem

class Book(models.Model):

    class BookTypes(DjangoChoices):
        short_story = ChoiceItem('short', 'Short story')
        novel = ChoiceItem('novel', 'Novel')
        non_fiction = ChoiceItem('non_fiction', 'Non fiction')

    author = models.ForeignKey('Author')
    book_type = models.CharField(
        max_length=20, choices=BookTypes.choices,
        default=BookTypes.novel, validators=[BookTypes.validator]

You can use this in other places like this:

from .models import Book

Person.objects.create(author=my_author, type=Book.BookTypes.short_story)

The DjangoChoices classes can be located anywhere you want, for example you can put them outside of the model declaration if you have a ‘common’ set of choices for different models. Any place is valid though, you can group them all together in if you want.


Licensed under the MIT License.

Souce Code and contributing

The source code can be found on github.

Bugs can also be reported on the github repository, and pull requests are welcome. See Contributing for more details.

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