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A Django model field for PostgreSQL to store changes to a model chronologically.

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# django-model-audit-history

Provides an `AuditHistory` model field to store a chronological record of changes to a model (“audit history”) on the model. The historical record is stored in a designated JSON field, so no additional database tables are required.

Supports Django 1.11 (and possibly Django 2.x in the future) and PostgreSQL database backends.

## CI

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## Usage

The basic principles are as follows:

1. To enable this for a model, you have to make these changes:

* add an `AuditHistoryField` named `history` to the model
* add the `AuditHistoryMixin` to the model class
* create ModelAdmin:
ModelAdmin(AuditHistoryAdminMixin, admin.ModelAdmin):
* add your ModelAdmin to admin site `, ModelAdmin)`

2. Then, instead of calling regular `save()` on the model after changing it, call `save_with_audit_record()` instead (passing in some meta data you want saved alongside, e.g. the `event` that caused the change, the `user` triggering it and some `payload` usually the set of modified fields.

3. The history will appear in human-readable form in the admin.

That’s pretty much all there is to it.

## Testapp setup and first steps

1. Install Postgres locally (e.g. 10.x)
2. Create local database `audithistory`, owned by user `dev`
3. Create a virtualenv and activate: `virtualenv venv`, then `source venv/bin/activate`
4. Install dependencies into virtualenv: `pip install --requirement requirements.txt`
5. Run ` migrate`
6. Run ` createsuperuser`
7. Run ` runserver`
8. Create new model on http://localhost:8000/admin/test_app/blogpost/
9. Edit model via http://localhost:8000/edit/1/
10. Reload admin page and inspect history record

## Run tests in local environment:

* Run ` test` (Ensure that user dev has rights to db creation `alter user dev createdb;`)

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