Django: how to automatically populate request.user in class based generic CreateView

July 09, 2011

Being relatively new to Django, I had struggled to find a neat way to automatically populate a field in a generic CreateView form. I stumbled across the following on Stack Overflow. Big thankyou to Yuji Tomita for the answer.

In summary, the CreateView subclass I ended up with looked along the lines of:

class SpecialCreateView(CreateView):
    form_class = SpecialForm

    def form_valid(self, form):
        obj =
        obj.user = self.request.user

        return HttpResponseRedirect('/')

And to exclude the field from the form, in

class SpecialForm(ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = Special
        exclude = ('user',)

Once that was set up as above, the rest worked like clockwork. Class based generic views are so incredibly flexible, I never cease to be surprised!