Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#22226 new Bug

Reversing admin URLs requires undocumented filter admin_urlquote.

Reported by: Mattias Linnap Owned by: nobody
Component: contrib.admin Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


I have a model with a text primary key:

class CharKey(models.Model):
    id = models.CharField(max_length=20, primary_key=True)

Reversing admin URLs as described in sometimes breaks depending on the characters in the key.

The admin pages call django.contrib.admin.utils.unquote() on the primary key received in the URL. Internally, admin templates escape the object URLs with for example

{% url opts|admin_urlname:'change'|admin_urlquote %}

The links obtained from the basic reverse(), as used in the documentation, do not work:

reverse('admin:key_charkey_change', args=(,))

as they fail to quote special charcters like the underscore "_". Instead, the page linking to the admin has to use django.contrib.admin.utils.quote() on the argument to reverse(), or the corresponding template filter in a template.

The issue is surprisingly confusing because it seems that browsers like Chrome auto-escape most, but not all special characters in a format accepted and decoded by unquote(): for example, characters like $%^&*() work just fine without quote() in the code, but for example the underscore does not. As a result the admin URLs without quoting work fine even with funny characters in the primary key, unless one of the few exceptional characters are used.

As a workaround, documenting the mandatory use of admin_urlquote template filter and updating the examples might be enough.
However, I wonder if there are more general fixes to reverse() possible? This seems like an issue that would come up in custom, non-admin URLs as well.

I originally reported this in the comments of, but created a separate issue as requested. The behaviour of this ticket is present in the current django master.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Aymeric Augustin

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