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A Django app providing DB, form, and REST framework fields for zoneinfo and pytz timezone objects.

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A Django app providing DB, form, and REST framework fields for zoneinfo and pytz timezone objects.

The transition from pytz to zoneinfo

Like Django, this app supports both pytz and zoneinfo objects while the community transitions away from pytz to zoneinfo. All exposed fields and functions that return a timezone object accept an optional boolean kwarg use_pytz.

If not explicitly specified, the default value used for use_pytz matches Django's behavior:

Note that this app does not declare pytz to be a dependency, so if you're using this app with use_pytz=True, you'll need to ensure pytz is included in the environment yourself.

Differences in recognized timezones between pytz and zoneinfo

pytz and zoneinfo search for timezone data differently.

  • pytz bundles and searches within its own copy of the IANA timezone DB
  • zoneinfo first searches the local system's timezone DB for a match. If no match is found, it then searches within the tzdata package if it is installed. The tzdata package contains a copy of the IANA timezone DB.

If the local system's timezone DB doesn't cover the entire IANA timezone DB and the tzdata package is not installed, you may run across errors like ZoneInfoNotFoundError: 'No time zone found with key Pacific/Kanton' for seemingly valid timezones when transitioning from pytz to zoneinfo. The easy fix is to add tzdata to your project with poetry add tzdata or pip install tzdata.

Assuming you have the tzdata package installed if needed, no data migration should be necessary when switching from pytz to zoneinfo.


Database Field

import zoneinfo
import pytz
from django.db import models
from timezone_field import TimeZoneField

class MyModel(models.Model):
    tz1 = TimeZoneField(default="Asia/Dubai")               # defaults supported, in ModelForm renders like "Asia/Dubai"
    tz2 = TimeZoneField(choices_display="WITH_GMT_OFFSET")  # in ModelForm renders like "GMT+04:00 Asia/Dubai"
    tz3 = TimeZoneField(use_pytz=True)                      # returns pytz timezone objects
    tz4 = TimeZoneField(use_pytz=False)                     # returns zoneinfo objects

my_model = MyModel(
    tz2="America/Vancouver",                     # assignment of a string
    tz3=pytz.timezone("America/Vancouver"),      # assignment of a pytz timezone
    tz4=zoneinfo.ZoneInfo("America/Vancouver"),  # assignment of a zoneinfo
my_model.full_clean() # validates against pytz.common_timezones by default       # values stored in DB as strings
my_model.tz3          # value returned as pytz timezone: <DstTzInfo 'America/Vancouver' LMT-1 day, 15:48:00 STD>
my_model.tz4          # value returned as zoneinfo: zoneinfo.ZoneInfo(key='America/Vancouver')

Form Field

from django import forms
from timezone_field import TimeZoneFormField

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    tz1 = TimeZoneFormField()                                   # renders like "Asia/Dubai"
    tz2 = TimeZoneFormField(choices_display="WITH_GMT_OFFSET")  # renders like "GMT+04:00 Asia/Dubai"
    tz3 = TimeZoneFormField(use_pytz=True)                      # returns pytz timezone objects
    tz4 = TimeZoneFormField(use_pytz=False)                     # returns zoneinfo objects

my_form = MyForm({"tz3": "Europe/Berlin", "tz4": "Europe/Berlin"})
my_form.full_clean()         # validates against pytz.common_timezones by default
my_form.cleaned_data["tz3"]  # value returned as pytz timezone: <DstTzInfo 'Europe/Berlin' LMT+0:53:00 STD>
my_form.cleaned_data["tz4"]  # value returned as zoneinfo: zoneinfo.ZoneInfo(key='Europe/Berlin')

REST Framework Serializer Field

from rest_framework import serializers
from timezone_field.rest_framework import TimeZoneSerializerField

class MySerializer(serializers.Serializer):
    tz1 = TimeZoneSerializerField(use_pytz=True)
    tz2 = TimeZoneSerializerField(use_pytz=False)

my_serializer = MySerializer(data={
    "tz1": "America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires",
    "tz2": "America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires",
my_serializer.validated_data["tz1"]  # <DstTzInfo 'America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires' LMT-1 day, 20:06:00 STD>
my_serializer.validated_data["tz2"]  # zoneinfo.ZoneInfo(key='America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires')


Releases are hosted on pypi and can be installed using various python packaging tools.

# with poetry
poetry add django-timezone-field

# with pip
pip install django-timezone-field

Running the tests

From the repository root, with poetry:

poetry install
poetry run pytest


6.1.0 (2023-11-25)

  • Add support for django 5.0
  • Add support for python 3.12
  • Fix issue with Factory timezone on some BSD systems (#114)

6.0.1 (2023-09-07)

  • Use correct default backend when running with django 3.X (#109)

6.0 (2023-08-20)

  • BREAKING: pytz removed from dependencies. If you use this package with use_pytz=True, you'll need to install pytz yourself.
  • Drop support for django 2.2
  • Drop support for python 3.7

5.1 (2023-06-18)

  • Add django as a dependency of this package, with correct version constraints (#90)
  • Add support for django 4.1, 4.2
  • Add support for python 3.11

5.0 (2022-02-08)

  • Add support for zoneinfo objects (#79)
  • Add support for django 4.0
  • Remove timezone_field.utils.add_gmt_offset_to_choices, display_GMT_offset kwarg (use choices_display instead)
  • Drop support for django 3.0, 3.1
  • Drop support for python 3.5, 3.6

4.2.3 (2022-01-13)

  • Fix sdist installs (#78)
  • Officially support python 3.10

4.2.1 (2021-07-07)

  • Reinstate TimeZoneField.default_choices (#76)

4.2 (2021-07-07)

  • Officially support django 3.2, python 3.9
  • Fix bug with field deconstruction (#74)
  • Housekeeping: use poetry, github actions, pytest

4.1.2 (2021-03-17)

  • Avoid NonExistentTimeError during DST transition (#70)

4.1.1 (2020-11-28)

  • Don't import rest_framework from package root (#67)

4.1 (2020-11-28)

  • Add Django REST Framework serializer field
  • Add new choices_display kwarg with supported values WITH_GMT_OFFSET and STANDARD
  • Deprecate display_GMT_offset kwarg

4.0 (2019-12-03)

  • Add support for django 3.0, python 3.8
  • Drop support for django 1.11, 2.0, 2.1, python 2.7, 3.4

3.1 (2019-10-02)

  • Officially support django 2.2 (already worked)
  • Add option to display TZ offsets in form field (#46)

3.0 (2018-09-15)

  • Support django 1.11, 2.0, 2.1
  • Add support for python 3.7
  • Change default human-readable timezone names to exclude underscores (#32 & #37)

2.1 (2018-03-01)

  • Add support for django 1.10, 1.11
  • Add support for python 3.6
  • Add wheel support
  • Support bytes in DB fields (#38 & #39)

2.0 (2016-01-31)

  • Drop support for django 1.7, add support for django 1.9
  • Drop support for python 3.2, 3.3, add support for python 3.5
  • Remove tests from source distribution

1.3 (2015-10-12)

  • Drop support for django 1.6, add support for django 1.8
  • Various bug fixes

1.2 (2015-02-05)

  • For form field, changed default list of accepted timezones from pytz.all_timezones to pytz.common_timezones, to match DB field behavior.

1.1 (2014-10-05)

  • Django 1.7 compatibility
  • Added support for formatting choices kwarg as [[<str>, <str>], ...], in addition to previous format of [[<pytz.timezone>, <str>], ...].
  • Changed default list of accepted timezones from pytz.all_timezones to pytz.common_timezones. If you have timezones in your DB that are in pytz.all_timezones but not in pytz.common_timezones, this is a backward-incompatible change. Old behavior can be restored by specifying choices=[(tz, tz) for tz in pytz.all_timezones] in your model definition.

1.0 (2013-08-04)

  • Initial release as timezone_field.


Originally adapted from Brian Rosner's django-timezones.

Made possible thanks to the work of the contributors.

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