django-simple-autocomplete 0.3.3

App enabling the use of jQuery UI autocomplete widget for ModelChoiceFields with minimal configuration required

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What's new in django-simple-autocomplete 0.3.3:

  • Tests failing for Django 1.5. Pin to 1.4.x until that is fixed.
  • Handle case where an item that is referenced by a multiselect has been deleted from the database.
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django-simple-autocomplete is a Django app enabling the use of jQuery UI autocomplete widget for ModelChoiceFields with minimal configuration required.


1. Install or add django-simple-autocomplete to your Python path.
2. Add simple_autocomplete to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.
3. Add (r'^simple-autocomplete/', include('simple_autocomplete.urls')) to urlpatterns.
4. Ensure jQuery core, jQuery UI Javascript and jQuery UI CSS is loaded by your templates.


Django by default renders a select widget (a.k.a. combobox or dropdown) for foreign key fields. You can change the widget to an autocomplete widget by adding the model to the SIMPLE_AUTOCOMPLETE_MODELS tuple in your settings file. For instance, to use the autocomplete widget when selecting a user do:


The product attempts to use a field title for filtering and display in the list. If the model has no field title then the first CharField is used. Eg. for the user model the field username is used.

The widget can be used implicitly in a form. The declaration of ModelChoiceField is all that is required:

class MyForm(forms.Form):
 user = forms.ModelChoiceField(queryset=User.objects.all(), initial=3)

The widget can be used explicitly in a form. In such a case you must provide an URL which returns results as JSON with format [(value, label), (value, label),...]. The initial and initial_display parameters are only required if there is a starting value:

from simple_autocomplete.widgets import AutoCompleteWidget

class MyForm(forms.Form):
 user = forms.ModelChoiceField(
 initial_display='John Smith'

The ability to specify an URL for the widget enables you to hook up to other more advanced autocomplete query engines if you wish.

Last updated on September 21st, 2012


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