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Create a clone of a django model instance.

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Create copies of a model instance with explicit control on how the instance should be duplicated (limiting fields or related objects copied) with unique field detection.

This solves the problem introduced by using = None and which results in copying more object state than required.


  • 100% test coverage.
  • More control over how a model instance should be duplicated
  • Multi Database support i.e Create duplicates on one or more databases.
  • Restrict fields used for creating a duplicate instance.
  • Detects unique fields and naively adds a suffix copy {count} to each duplicate instance (for supported fields only).
  • Optionally differentiate between a duplicate instance and the original by appending a copy suffix to non unique fields (for supported fields only).

Table of Contents



pip install django-clone


poetry add django-clone


Subclassing the CloneModel

Using the CloneMixin

Duplicating a model instance

Bulk cloning a model

Creating clones without subclassing CloneMixin.

NOTE: :warning:

  • This method won't copy over related objects like Many to Many/One to Many relationships.
  • Ensure that required fields skipped from being cloned are passed in using the attrs kwargs.

CloneMixin attributes

Attribute Description
DUPLICATE_SUFFIX Suffix to append to duplicates
to be enabled and supports string fields).
USE_DUPLICATE_SUFFIX_FOR_NON_UNIQUE_FIELDS Enable appending the DUPLICATE_SUFFIX to new cloned instances.
UNIQUE_DUPLICATE_SUFFIX Suffix to append to unique fields
USE_UNIQUE_DUPLICATE_SUFFIX Enable appending the UNIQUE_DUPLICATE_SUFFIX to new cloned instances.
MAX_UNIQUE_DUPLICATE_QUERY_ATTEMPTS The max query attempt while generating unique values for a case of unique conflicts.

Explicit (include only these fields)

Attribute Description
_clone_fields Restrict the list of fields to copy from the instance (By default: Copies all fields excluding auto-created/non editable model fields)
_clone_m2m_fields Restricted Many to many fields (i.e Test.tags)
_clone_m2o_or_o2m_fields Restricted Many to One/One to Many fields
_clone_o2o_fields Restricted One to One fields
_clone_linked_m2m_fields Restricted Many to Many fields that should be linked to the new instance

Implicit (include all except these fields)

Attribute Description
_clone_excluded_fields Excluded model fields.
_clone_excluded_m2m_fields Excluded many to many fields.
_clone_excluded_m2o_or_o2m_fields Excluded Many to One/One to Many fields.
_clone_excluded_o2o_fields Excluded one to one fields.

NOTE: :warning:

  • Ensure to either set _clone_excluded_* or _clone_*. Using both would raise errors.

Django Admin

Duplicating Models from the Django Admin view.

List View


Change View


CloneModelAdmin class attributes

NOTE: :warning:

  • Ensure that model_clone is placed before django.contrib.admin

Advanced Usage


pre_clone_save, post_clone_save

Clone Many to Many fields

Using the CloneModel

Using the CloneMixin

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Multi database support


Python Supported version
Python2.x <=2.5.3
Python3.5 <=2.9.6
Python3.6+ All versions
Django Supported version
1.11 <=2.7.2
2.x All versions
3.x All versions

Running locally

$ git clone
$ make default-user
$ make run

Spins up a django server running the demo app.


Found a Bug?

To file a bug or submit a patch, please head over to django-clone on github.

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Contributors ✨

Thanks goes to these wonderful people:

Gerben Neven
Gerben Neven

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Sebastian Kapunkt
Sebastian Kapunkt

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Andrés Portillo
Andrés Portillo

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WhiteSource Renovate


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Take Weiland
Take Weiland

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Amiel Kollek
Amiel Kollek

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Eric Theise
Eric Theise

Daniel Schaffer
Daniel Schaffer

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