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Mask your objects instead of deleting them from your database.

Project description

Django safedelete

What is it ?

For various reasons, you may want to avoid deleting objects from your database.

This Django application provides an abstract model, that allows you to transparently retrieve or delete your objects, without having them deleted from your database.

You can choose what happens when you delete an object :
  • it can be masked from your database (soft delete, the default behavior)
  • it can be masked from your database and mask any dependent models. (cascading soft delete)
  • it can be normally deleted (hard delete)
  • it can be hard-deleted, but if its deletion would delete other objects, it will only be masked
  • it can be never deleted or masked from your database (no delete, use with caution)


# imports
from safedelete.models import SafeDeleteModel
from safedelete.models import HARD_DELETE_NOCASCADE

# Models

# We create a new model, with the given policy : Objects will be hard-deleted, or soft deleted if other objects would have been deleted too.
class Article(SafeDeleteModel):
    _safedelete_policy = HARD_DELETE_NOCASCADE

    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)

class Order(SafeDeleteModel):
    _safedelete_policy = HARD_DELETE_NOCASCADE

    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    articles = models.ManyToManyField(Article)

# Example of use

>>> article1 = Article(name='article1')

>>> article2 = Article(name='article2')

>>> order = Order(name='order')
>>> order.articles.add(article1)

# This article will be masked, but not deleted from the database as it is still referenced in an order.
>>> article1.delete()

# This article will be deleted from the database.
>>> article2.delete()


  • Branch 0.2.x is compatible with django >= 1.2
  • Branch 0.3.x is compatible with django >= 1.4
  • Branch 0.4.x is compatible with django >= 1.8
  • Branch 0.5.x is compatible with django >= 1.11

Current branch (0.5.x) has been tested with :

  • Django 1.11 using python 2.7 and python 3.4 to 3.6.
  • Django 2.0 using python 3.4 to 3.6.
  • Django 2.1 using python 3.5 to 3.7.
  • Django 2.2 using python 3.5 to 3.7.
  • Django 3.0 using python 3.6 to 3.8.


Installing from pypi (using pip).

pip install django-safedelete

Installing from github.

pip install -e git://

Add safedelete in your INSTALLED_APPS:


The application doesn’t have any special requirement.


In the main django settings you can activate the boolean variable SAFE_DELETE_INTERPRET_UNDELETED_OBJECTS_AS_CREATED. If you do this the update_or_create() function from django’s standard manager class will return True for the created variable if the object was soft-deleted and is now “revived”.


The documentation is available here. Generate your own documentation using:

tox -e docs


Please see the LICENSE file.


Please see the AUTHORS file.


0.5.6 (2020-07-20)

  • call instead of super in delete()

0.5.5 (2020-05-14)

  • Admin action now warns if some objects weren’t undeleted
  • Remove some pre-Django 1.11 support

0.5.4 (2019-12-02)

  • Django 3.0 compatibility

0.5.3 (2019-12-02)

  • Fix “Doing a .get on a queryset adds deleted objects #131”

0.5.2 (2019-08-19)

  • Fix performance issue with Django 2.2
  • Fix executing soft delete on already soft-deleted items during cascade soft delete

0.5.1 (2018-07-02)

  • Fix possible unicode error in admin

0.5.0 (2018-05-29)

  • Remove support for Django 1.8 to 1.10 and Python 3.3.
    (it should still works for now but isn’t tested, use at your own risks).
  • Fix update_or_create (#98)

0.4.5 (2018-01-31)

  • Fix an issue with Django 1.8 and values_list
  • Django 2.0 compatibility

0.4.4 (2018-01-09)

** Bugfixes **

  • Fix latest and earliest


** Bugfixes **

  • Set SafeDeleteMixin as abstract


** Bugfixes **

  • iterator() now filter the deleted objects correctly.
  • Fix prefetch_related() with all()
  • Fix: “Cannot filter a query once a slice has been taken” error.

** Refactoring **

  • Resolve Django 1.9+ allow_tags deprecation warning
  • Fix docstring typo in SafeDeleteManager, SOFT_DELETE should be DELETED_INVISIBLE


** New **

  • Filtering on the deleted field is done on evaluation.
  • Added specific managers: all_objects and deleted_objects.
  • Added ‘force_policy’ feature to SafeDeleteQuerySet.

** Removed **

** Bugfixes **

  • Fixed abstract intermediate models not working with SOFT_DELETE_CASCADE

** Refactoring **

  • Renamed SafeDeleteMixin to SafeDeleteModel to better reflect the intended behavior. Using SafeDeleteMixin now throws a DeprecationWarning.
  • Moved SafeDeleteQueryset


** New **

  • deleted is now a datetime.

** Refactoring **

  • Globals (HARD_DELETE, SOFT_DELETE, …) have been moved to
  • Removed support for Django 1.4 to 1.7. You should use the 0.3.x branch if you need to use safedelete in Django <= 1.7.
  • Remove factories to use mixins instead.


** New **

  • Change DELETED_VISIBLE_BY_PK to DELETED_VISIBLE_BY_FIELD to be able to change the field used.


** New **

  • Add a SOFT_DELETE_CASCADE policy which perform a SOFT_DELETE on safedelete related objects
  • Django 1.8 compatibility


  • Prevent migration errors on django 1.8 by declaring the SafeDeleteManager (internal class in managers) as global


  • Fix issue with release on pypi not being the good one


** New **

  • Add a NO_DELETE policy which never soft or hard deletes an instance
  • Django 1.8 compatibility

** Removed **

  • Support of Django 1.2 and Django 1.3 has been removed

** Bugfixes **

  • all_with_deleted method doesn’t lose current queryset on a related manager
  • uniqueness is now checked against soft deleted instances too
  • prefetch_related() now works with SafedeleteQuerySet
  • Fix the undelete action in the administration for active objects.

0.2.1 (2014-12-15)

** New **

  • Extends Django compatibility to Django 1.2

0.2.0 (2014-12-09)

** New **

  • Django compatilibty 1.3 => 1.7
  • Add administration utilities

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