Fix Python – Change a Django form field to a hidden field


Asked By – Amandasaurus

I have a Django form with a RegexField, which is very similar to a normal text input field.

In my view, under certain conditions I want to hide it from the user, and trying to keep the form as similar as possible. What’s the best way to turn this field into a HiddenInput field?

I know I can set attributes on the field with:

form['fieldname'].field.widget.attr['readonly'] = 'readonly'

And I can set the desired initial value with:

form.initial['fieldname'] = 'mydesiredvalue'

However, that won’t change the form of the widget.

What’s the best / most “django-y” / least “hacky” way to make this field a <input type="hidden"> field?

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If you have a custom template and view you may exclude the field and use {{ modelform.instance.field }} to get the value.

also you may prefer to use in the view:

form.fields['field_name'].widget = forms.HiddenInput()

but I’m not sure it will protect save method on post.

Hope it helps.

This question is answered By – christophe31

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