Django DeleteView


Why Django DeleteView?

  • It's required to implement the delete a given resource from the database.
  • Django generic DeleteView provides the functionality to display a confirmation page and deletes the object
  • On GET request it displays the confirmation page
  • On POST request it deletes the request resource.
  • After deleting the resource it redirects the page to the success_url

quick use of Django DeleteView

usecase: Delete a product from the product table.


from django.db import models

class Product(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    description = models.TextField()

    class Meta:
        db_table = 'product'

    def __str__(self):
        return f'{}'

Create object and get the id

Let's open the django shell with command python shell execute below code to create product instance and get the id.

from app.models import Product

obj = Product.objects.create(name='Quick python', description='a python book')

# 1


from django.urls import reverse_lazy
from django.views.generic.edit import DeleteView
from myapp.models import Product

class ProductDeleteView(DeleteView):
    model = Product
    success_url = reverse_lazy('product-list')


<form method="post">{% csrf_token %}
    <p>Are you sure you want to delete "{{ object }}"?</p>
    {{ form }}
    <input type="submit" value="Confirm">


from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('products/', views.ProductListView.as_view(), name='product-list'),
    path('products/<pk>', views.ProductDeleteView.as_view(), name='product-delete')

Now, we are ready to test the generic DeleteView. Let's use the product id and delete it. To do that let's access the url http://localhost:8000/products/1

Note: replace 1 with actual id.

Now, it will ask us to confirm the deletion. Once you click on the confirm, it will delete the object. Let's confirm that whether the object get deleted or not with below query.

from myapp.models import Product

obj = Product.objects.get(id=1)
# DoesNotExist error

The above query will throw an DoesNotExist error as it was deleted. You can find the sample project in github