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Add manual sort order to Django objects via an abstract base class and admin classes.

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Django Orderable

Add manual sort order to Django objects via an abstract base class and admin classes. Project includes:

  • Abstract base Model
  • Admin class
  • Inline admin class
  • Admin templates


django-orderable demo


Grab from the PyPI:

pip install django-orderable



Subclass the Orderable class:

from orderable.models import Orderable

class Book(Orderable):

Subclass the appropriate Orderable admin classes:

from orderable.admin import OrderableAdmin, OrderableTabularInline

class SomeInlineClass(OrderableTabularInline):

class SomeAdminClass(OrderableAdmin):
    list_display = ('__unicode__', 'sort_order_display')

jQuery and jQuery UI are used in the Admin for the draggable UI. You may override the versions with your own (rather than using Google's CDN):

class SomeAdminClass(OrderableAdmin):
    class Media:
        extend = False
        js = (


class Meta

If your subclass of Orderable defines class Meta then make sure it subclasses Orderable.Meta one so the model is sorted by sort_order. ie:

class MyOrderable(Orderable):
    class Meta(Orderable.Meta):

Custom Managers

Similarly, if your model has a custom manager, subclass orderable.managers.OrderableManager instead of django.db.models.Manager.


Saving orderable models invokes a fair number of database queries, and in order to avoid race conditions should be run in a transaction.

Adding Orderable to Existing Models

You will need to populate the required sort_order field. Typically this is done by adding the field in one migration with a default of 0, then creating a data migration to set the value to that of its primary key:

for obj in orm['appname.Model'].objects.all():
    obj.sort_order =

Multiple Models using Orderable

When multiple models inherit from Orderable the next() and previous() methods will look for the next/previous model with a sort order. However you'll likely want to have the various sort orders determined by a foreign key or some other predicate. The easiest way (currently) is to override the method in question.

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