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Django CRUD using a single view and hence a single URL.

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A single view implementation of table CRUD operations for Django.


Django comes with an excellent admin framework that provides a sophisticated interface for table CRUD operations. However, the admin framework is closely tied to Django’s default user management and its permission management systems. If your project bypasses either of these, employing the CRUD in the admin framework can get a little tricky.

Secondly, django admin also implicitly adds a number urls to your url namespace. These urls list the apps whose models are are registered with it and for each app, the models in the app that have an admin CRUD interface. While these can be forcefully removed by overriding the ModelAdmin class and using it to create your own admin based CRUD classes, managing and getting around its various dependencies can quickly get tedious to manage. And when Django gets upgraded, you have the job of reviewing the new admin interface to make sure that it did not introduce any new ‘holes’ into your url namespace.

This project is aimed at addressing the above shortcomings by developing a pure django view that provides basic table CRUD operations. You derive from this view providing it with the appropriate initialization parameters and then hook it up to the url namespace yourself explicitly.


  1. Easiest way to install crud is to get it from PyPi using pip. Do this by:

    pip install singleurlcrud
  2. Add it to INSTALLED_APPS in projects



  • django-bootstrap3
  • django-pure-pagination


Consider the following model (taken from ‘polls’ app, which is bundled with the crud source code):

from django.db import models

class Question(models.Model):
    question_text = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    pub_date = models.DateTimeField('Date published')
    author = models.ForeignKey(Author, null=True, default=None)

To get a fully functional CRUD for this table, declare a view like below:

from singleurlcrud.views import CRUDView
from .models import Question

    model = Question
    list_display = ('question_text', 'pub_date', 'author')

Thereafter, hook this view to the desired url through

from django.conf.urls import url
from .views import *

urlpatterns = [
        url(r'^questions/$', QuestionCRUDView.as_view(), name='questions')

That’s it! You get a fully functional CRUD that will allow you to create, update and delete records from Question table, all rooted at the url






Modified BSD


0.19 - 2016/1/24

  • Fix mispelt context variable item_actions (was referred to as itemactions)

0.18 - 2016/1/22

  • Fix formatting errors in README.rst.


  • Move changelog to HISTORY.rst and include it in setup long_description through embedded script.


  • Fix more errors in that stopped pip install from working


  • Fix errors in that stopped pip install from working


  • Fix errors in
  • Update status to ‘4 - Beta’.


  • Use django-pure-pagination for pagination. This provides margin page numbers which provides a nice UX for listing tables with very large amounts of data, number of pages for which exceed the available width in the screen.


  • Move delete operation into an independent GET action through the ‘?o=delete’ parameter.


  • Action buttons changed to use buttons grouping them into a btn-group.
  • Added colors to the buttons indicating the severity of the action’s outcome.


  • Changed table css classes to be specified as view setting provided through RequestContext.


  • Refactor cryptic flag names to more friendly names. Eg.: can_delete() has been changed to item_deletable().
  • Global flags can_create, can_edit and can_delete has been replaced by enable_create, enable_edit & enable_delete respectively.


  • Add support for view to customize page titles by specifying a class variable ‘pagetitle’. This title will be used by default and if not specified the model’s verbose_name_plural will be set as the title in the context.


  • Fix media property such that it only returns media fragments necessary for the current CRUD operation.


  • Fix incorrect arguments to can_delete() method call.


  • When the derived class specifies a custom form by overriding the get_form() method, inline editing/addition of RelatedField objects is not available. This version includes a fix for this.


  • Support for per item editing control through the item property item.can_edit, which should return a boolean indicating if editing is allowed. Defaults to True, if the property is missing.


  • Support for per item deletion control through the item property item.can_delete, which should return a boolean indicating if deletion is allowed. Defaults to True, if the property is missing.


  • Support for inline editing/addition of RelatedField objects through a popup window. Note that base template has to be designed to accommodate this feature by removing the embellishments that adorn a regular page.


  • Initial release

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