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A Django reusable app providing the ability for admin users to create their own forms.

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A Django reusable app providing the ability for admin users to create their own forms within the admin interface drawing from a range of field widgets such as regular text fields, drop-down lists and file uploads. Options are also provided for controlling who gets sent email notifications when a form is submitted. All form entries are made available in the admin via CSV export.

HTML5 Features

The folliwng HTML5 form features are supported.

  • placeholder attributes

  • required attributes

  • email fields

  • date fields

  • datetime fields

  • number fields

  • url fields


The easiest way to install django-forms-builder is directly from PyPi using pip or setuptools by running the respective command below:

$ pip install -U django-forms-builder


$ easy_install -U django-forms-builder

Otherwise you can download django-forms-builder and install it directly from source:

$ python install

Project Configuration

Once installed you can configure your project to use django-forms-builder with the following steps.

Add forms_builder.forms to INSTALLED_APPS in your project’s settings module:


Then add forms_builder.forms.urls to your project’s urls module:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import patterns, include, url
import forms_builder.forms.urls # add this import

from django.contrib import admin

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^admin/', include(,
    url(r'^forms/', include(forms_builder.forms.urls)),

Finally, sync your database:

$ python syncdb


Once installed and configured for your project just go to the admin page for your project and you will see a new Forms section. In this you can create and edit forms.

File Uploads

It’s possible for admin users to create forms that allow file uploads which can be accessed via a download URL for each file that is provided in the CSV export. By default these uploaded files are stored in an obscured location under your project’s MEDIA_ROOT directory but ideally the should be stored somewhere inaccessible to the public. To set the location where files are stored to be somewhere outside of your project’s MEDIA_ROOT directory you just need to define the FORMS_BUILDER_UPLOAD_ROOT setting in your project’s settings module. Its value should be an absolute path on the web server that isn’t accessible to the public.


The following settings can be defined in your project’s settings module.

  • FORMS_BUILDER_FIELD_MAX_LENGTH - Maximum allowed length for field values. Defaults to 2000

  • FORMS_BUILDER_LABEL_MAX_LENGTH - Maximum allowed length for field labels. Defaults to 20

  • FORMS_BUILDER_UPLOAD_ROOT - The absolute path where files will be uploaded to. Defaults to None

  • FORMS_BUILDER_USE_HTML5 - Boolean controlling whether HTML5 form fields are used. Defaults to True

  • FORMS_BUILDER_USE_SITES - Boolean controlling whether forms are associated to Django’s Sites framework. Defaults to "django.contrib.sites" in settings.INSTALLED_APPS

  • FORMS_BUILDER_CHOICES_QUOTE - Char to start a quoted choice with. Defaults to the backtick char: `

  • FORMS_BUILDER_CHOICES_UNQUOTE - Char to end a quoted choice with. Defaults to the backtick char: `

  • FORMS_BUILDER_CSV_DELIMITER - Char to use as a field delimiter when exporting form responses as CSV. Defaults to a comma: ,


Two signals are provided for hooking into different states of the form submission process.

  • form_invalid(sender=request, form=form) - Sent when the form is submitted with invalid data.

  • form_valid(sender=request, form=form, entry=entry) - Sent when the form is submitted with valid data.

For each signal the sender argument is the current request. Both signals receive a form argument is given which is the FormForForm instance, a ModelForm for the FormEntry model.

The form_valid signal also receives a entry argument, which is the FormEntry model instance created.

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