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A simple Django app that will give you a UserForeignKey model field.

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Django UserForeignKey

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Django UserForeignKey is a simple Django app that will give you a UserForeignKey model field for Django models. This field extends a regular ForeignKey model field, and has the option to automatically set the currently logged in user on insert and/or update.

Currently, Django 2.2 (Python 3.7+) and Django 3.2 (Python 3.7+) are supported.

If you need support for the insecure and deprecated Python 3.6, please fall back to version 0.4.0.

If you need support for the insecure and deprecated Django 1.11 and/or Python2, please fall back to version 0.3.0.

If you need support for the insecure and deprecated Django 1.8 (and possibly 1.9 and 1.10), please fall back to version 0.2.1.

There also is a video tutorial on YouTube that shows you basic functionality of this package.


  1. Install the package from pypi using pip:
pip install django-userforeignkey
  1. Add django_userforeignkey to your INSTALLED_APPS within your Django settings file:
  1. Add django_userforeignkey.middleware.UserForeignKeyMiddleware to your MIDDLEWARE settings like this:

Make sure to insert the UserForeignKeyMiddleware middleware after AuthenticationMiddleware.

Example usage

Just add UserForeignKey to your model like you would with any other foreign key.

from django.db import models
from django_userforeignkey.models.fields import UserForeignKey

class MyModel(models.Model):
    my_data = models.CharField(max_length=64, verbose_name="Very important data that are somehow related to a user")
    user = UserForeignKey(auto_user_add=True, verbose_name="The user that is automatically assigned", related_name="mymodels")

The UserForeignKey behaves just like a normal foreign key to the user model (using settings.AUTH_USER_MODEL), and thus also has properties such as related_name. However, whenever an object is created by calling an authenticated view (admin, REST API, ...) which contains a request.user object, the request.user object is automatically associated.

Configuration options

The configuration options are similar to Django's DateField.

  • auto_user: Automatically sets the current user everytime the object is saved (e.g., created or updated). This is useful for last modified by information.
  • auto_user_add: Automatically sets the current user when the object is first created. This is useful for created by information.

Development and tests

git clone --recursive
cd django-userforeignkey
python -m venv ./venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -e .
pip install Django
cd tests/user_foreign_key_testapp
python test

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