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Activity based reusable workflow library for django

Project description

Ad-hoc business process automation framework for Django.

The process logic defined with django-viewflow is concentrated in one clearly defined flow. You can organize your views, background jobs, user permission checking in a simple, intuitive django-friendly way.


django-viewflow allows to implement such process, just in about hundred lines of code, and you would still have pure django views for that.

Full documentation is available at


django-viewflow requires Python 3.3 or greater and django 1.7:

pip install django-viewflow

And add it into INSTALLED_APPS settings


Quick start

Let’s define basic Hello Process where one could start hello world request, another person approves it, and as soon as the request is approved it should be send into background.

Start with process database model definition

from django.db import models
from viewflow.models import Process

class HelloworldProcess(Process):
    text = models.ChatField(max_lenght=150, blank=True, null=True)
    approved = models.BooleanField(default=False)

    class Meta:
        permissions = [
            ('can_start_request', 'Can start hello world request'),
            ('can_approve_request', 'Can approve hello world request')

Define the actual task that says Hello to the World in

import os

from celery import shared_task
from viewflow.flow import flow_job

def send_hello_world_request(self, activation):
    with open(os.devnull, "w") as world:

To make the above code work just put the following flow definition in module from your django application.

from viewflow import flow, lock
from viewflow.base import this, Flow
from viewflow.views import ProcessView
from .models import HelloWorldProcess

class HelloWorldFlow(Flow):
    process_cls = HelloWorldProcess
    lock_impl = lock.select_for_update_lock

    start = flow.Start(StartView, fields=["text"]) \
       .Permission('helloworld.can_start_request') \

    approve = flow.View(ProcessView, fields=["approve"]) \

    check_approve = flow.If(cond=lambda p: p.approved) \
        .OnTrue(this.send) \

    send = flow.Job(send_hello_world_request) \

    end = flow.End()

Flow class contains all urls required for the task processing.

from django.conf.urls import patterns, url, include
from .flows import HelloWorldFlow

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^helloworld/', include(HelloWorldFlow.instance.urls)))

That’s all you need to setup this flow.

Next, you can see how to define custom views, and meet other concepts of django-viewflow at

More examples are available in the tests/examples directory.


The GNU Affero General Public License v3.0

Change log

0.2.0 2014-06-02

  • Back reference for task owner for next tasks assignment

  • Auto create for task permissions support

  • Basic django admin interace

  • Exception handling during flow task activation and for broken celery jobs

0.1.0 2014-05-01

  • Initial public prototype

  • Basic set of tasks support (View, Job, If/Switch, Split/Join)

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