Opened 16 months ago

Last modified 16 months ago

#20023 new Bug

Admin Inline form validation must go in Model.clean() if AdminInline.form is not specified

Reported by: chris.freeman.pdx@… Owned by: nobody
Component: Documentation Version: 1.5
Severity: Normal Keywords: admin inline form validation
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


The Django admin site page (./en/1.5/ref/contrib/admin) should mention something specific about inline form validation regarding where to put clean() code.

It seems that the only way I was able to clean a field changed as part of an admin inline form was in the Model.clean() method. I could not find a place where using clean_myfield() method worked as all for admin inline forms. Note the inline was not part of a formset, as it had a OneToOneField relationship to the main form.

This is not obvious in the documentation as the Model page mentions clean() and clean_field() but nothing about inlines. The documentation on Inlines mentions validation, but nothing on putting the code in the Model.clean(). Perhaps, also a warning that clean_field() is not run for admin inline form updates.

Please correct me if I'm mistaken about validation of inline forms within the Admin interface.

Regards, Chris

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comment:1 Changed 16 months ago by chris.freeman.pdx@…

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I had a similar question open on StackOverflow ( It was answered by pointing to (, which implies the answer: Since no form is specified, a model will be used. However, if I specify the form, but not the model, I get a 'model' is required attribute of 'ModelAdmin.inlines[0]'.
Also, if form defaults to ModelForm, then it is not obvious that ModelForm.clean_myfield() will not be called and only Model.clean() will be called.

It would be much clearer if there were an Admin Inline example where both AdminInline.model and AdminInline.form were defined for the same class.

The best solution would be to have a detailed example for the Admin validation precedence (including Inlines) similar to what is described for the model validation.

comment:2 Changed 16 months ago by chris.freeman.pdx@…

  • Summary changed from Admin Inline form validation must go in Model.clean() to Admin Inline form validation must go in Model.clean() if AdminInline.form is not specified

comment:3 Changed 16 months ago by jacob

  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted
  • Type changed from Uncategorized to Bug

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