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Basic content type form

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License: LGPL-3

CMS Form

Basic website contents form framework. Allows to define front-end forms for every models in a simple way.

If you are tired of re-defining every time an edit form or a search form for your odoo website, this is the module you are looking for.


  • automatic form generation (create, write, search, wizards)

  • automatic route generation (create, write, search, wizards)

  • automatic machinery based on fields’ type:
    • widget rendering

    • field value load (from existing instance or from request)

    • field value extraction (from request)

    • field value write (to existing instance)

  • automatic field grouping in fieldsets

  • highly customizable

  • works with every odoo model

  • works also without any model


Create / Edit form

Just inherit from cms.form to add a form for your model. Quick example for partner:

class PartnerForm(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'cms.form.res.partner'
    _inherit = 'cms.form'
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('name', 'country_id')
    _form_required_fields = ('name', 'country_id')

In this case you’ll have form with the following characteristics:

  • works with res.partner model

  • have only name and country_id fields

  • both fields are required (is not possible to submit the form w/out one of those values)

Here’s the result:

preview_create preview_edit

The form will be automatically available on these routes:

  • /cms/create/res.partner to create new partners

  • /cms/edit/res.partner/1 edit existing partners (partner id=1 in this case)

NOTE: default generic routes work if the form’s name is cms.form. + model name, like cms.form.res.partner. If you want you can easily define your own controller and give your form a different name, and have more elegant routes like `/partner/edit/partner-slug-1. Take a look at cms_form_example.

By default, the form is rendered as an horizontal twitter bootstrap form, but you can provide your own templates of course. By default, fields are ordered by their order in the model’s schema. You can tweak it using _form_fields_order.

Form with extra control fields

Imagine you want to notify the partner after its creation but only if you really need it.

The form above can be extended with extra fields that are not part of the _form_model schema:

class PartnerForm(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'cms.form.res.partner'
    _inherit = 'cms.form'
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('name', 'country_id', 'email')
    _form_required_fields = ('name', 'country_id', 'email')

    notify_partner = fields.Boolean()

    def form_after_create_or_update(self, values, extra_values):
        if extra_values.get('notify_partner'):
            # do what you want here...

notify_partner will be included into the form but it will be discarded on create and write. Nevertheless you can use it as a control flag before and after the record has been created or updated using the hook form_after_create_or_update, as you see in this example.

Form with fieldsets and tabs

You want to group fields into meaningful groups. You can use fieldsets:

class PartnerForm(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'cms.form.res.partner'
    _inherit = 'cms.form'
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('name', 'country_id', 'email')
    _form_required_fields = ('name', 'country_id', 'email')
    _form_fieldsets = [
            'id': 'main',
            'title': 'Main',
            'fields': [
            'id': 'secondary',
            'title': 'Secondary',
            'fields': [

    notify_partner = fields.Boolean()


If you want fieldsets to be displayed as tabs, just override this option:

class PartnerForm(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'cms.form.res.partner'
    _inherit = 'cms.form'
    _form_fieldsets = [...]
    _form_fieldsets_display = 'tabs'


Search form

Just inherit from to add a form for your model. Quick example for partner:

class PartnerSearchForm(models.AbstractModel):
    """Partner model search form."""

    _name = ''
    _inherit = ''
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('name', 'country_id', )
    _form_fields_order = ('country_id', 'name', )


The form will be automatically available at: /cms/search/res.partner.

NOTE: default generic routes work if the form’s name is ` + model name, like If you want you can easily define your own controller and give your form a different name, and have more elegant routes like /partners. Take a look at cms_form_example.


Just inherit from cms.form.wizard and describe your steps. Quick example:

class FakeWiz(models.AbstractModel):
    """A wizard form."""

    _name = 'fake.wiz'
    _inherit = 'cms.form.wizard'
    _wiz_name = _name

    def wiz_configure_steps(self):
        return {
            1: {'form_model': ''},
            2: {'form_model': 'fake.wiz.step2.partner'},
            3: {'form_model': 'fake.wiz.step3.partner'},

class FakeWizStep1Country(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = ''
    _inherit = 'fake.wiz'
    _form_model = ''
    _form_model_fields = ('name', )

class FakeWizStep2Partner(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'fake.wiz.step2.partner'
    _inherit = 'fake.wiz'
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('name', )

class FakeWizStep3Partner(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'fake.wiz.step3.partner'
    _inherit = 'fake.wiz'
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('category_id', )

The form will be automatically available at: /cms/wiz/fake.wiz/page/1.

As you see each step can use its own form. In this case on the 1st page the user will deal with countries, then on the 2nd step with the name of the partner and on the last step only with partner category.

The wizard machinery will handle session storage and navigation between steps automatically.

Master / slave fields

A typical use case nowadays: you want to show/hide fields based on other fields’ values. For the simplest cases you don’t have to write a single line of JS. You can do it like this:

class PartnerForm(models.AbstractModel):

    _name = 'cms.form.res.partner'
    _inherit = 'cms.form'
    _form_model = 'res.partner'
    _form_model_fields = ('name', 'type', 'foo')

    def _form_master_slave_info(self):
        info = self._super._form_master_slave_info()
            # master field
                # actions
                'hide': {
                    # slave field: action values
                    'foo': ('contact', ),
                'show': {
                    'foo': ('address', 'invoice', ),
        return info

Here we declared that:

  • when type field is equal to contact -> hide foo field

  • when type field is equal to address or invoice -> show foo field

Known issues / Roadmap

  • add more tests, especially per each widget and type of field

  • provide better widgets for image and file fields in general

  • o2m fields: to be tested at all

  • move widgets to abstract models too

  • search form: generate default search domain in a clever way

  • add easy way to switch from horizontal to vertical form

  • provide more examples

  • x2x fields: allow sub-items creation

  • handle api onchanges

  • support python expressions into master/slave rules

Bug Tracker

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