Template tags

To load the floppyforms template library you have to load it on top of your templates first:

{% load floppyforms %}


New in version 1.0.

The form tag is used to render one or more form instances using a template.

{% form myform using "floppyforms/layouts/p.html" %}
{% form myform another_form form3 using "floppyforms/layouts/p.html" %}

django-floppyforms provides three built-in layouts:

  • floppyforms/layouts/p.html: wraps each field in a <p> tag.
  • floppyforms/layouts/ul.html: wraps each field in a <li> tag.
  • floppyforms/layouts/table.html: wraps each form row with a <tr>, the label with a <th> and the widget with a <td> tag.

See the documentation on layouts and how to customize them for more details.

You can use a default layout by leaving the using ... out:

{% form myform %}

In this case the floppyforms/layouts/default.html template will be used, which by default is the same as floppyforms/layouts/p.html.

Sometimes it is necessary to pass additional template variables into the context of a form layout. This can be done in the same way and with the same syntax as django’s include template tag:

{% form myform using "layout_with_title.html" with title="Please fill in the form" only %}

The only keyword, as shown in the example above, acts also the same way as it does in the include tag. It prevents other, not explicitly specified, variables from being available in the layout’s template context.

Inline layouts

Inlining the form layout is also possible if you don’t plan to reuse it somewhere else. This is done by not specifying a template name after the using keyword:

{% form myform using %}
    ... your form layout here ...
{% endform %}


New in version 1.0.

The formconfig tag can be used to configure some of the form template tags arguments upfront so that they don’t need to be specified over and over again.

The first argument specifies which part of the form should be configured:


The formrow tag takes arguments to specify which template is used to render the row and whether additional variables are passed into this template. These parameters can be configured for multiple form rows with a {% formconfig row ... %} tag. The syntax is the same as with formrow:

{% formconfig row using "floppyforms/rows/p.html" %}
{% formconfig row using "my_form_layout.html" with hide_errors=1 only %}

Please note that form configurations will only be available in a form layout or wrapped by a form template tag. They also only apply to all the form tags that come after the formconfig. It is possible to overwrite already set options. Here is a valid example:

{% form myform using %}
<form action="" method="post" id="signup">{% csrf_token %}
    {% formconfig row using "floppyforms/rows/p.html" %}
    {% formrow form.username %}
    {% formrow form.password %}

    {% formconfig row using "floppyforms/rows/tr.html" %}
    {% formrow form.firstname form.lastname %}
    {% formrow form.age %}
    {% formrow form.city form.street %}

    <p><input type="submit" value="Signup!" /></p>
{% endform %}

However a configuration set with formconfig will only be available inside the form tag that it was specified in. This makes it possible to scope the configuration with an extra use of the form tag. See this example:

{% form myform using %}
<form action="" method="post" id="signup">{% csrf_token %}
    {# will use default row template #}
    {% formrow form.username %}

    {% form form using %}
            {# this config will not be available outside of the wrapping form tag #}
            {% formconfig row using "floppyforms/rows/li.html" %}

            {# will use configured li row template #}
            {% formrow form.password form.password2 %}
    {% endform %}

    {# will use default row template #}
    {% formrow form.firstname form.lastname %}

    <p><input type="submit" value="Signup!" /></p>
{% endform %}


A form field takes the same arguments as a form row does, so the same configuration options are available here, in addition to a for keyword to limit which fields the specified configuration will apply to.

Using the for keyword allows you to limit the configuration to a specific field or a set of fields. After the for keyword, you can give:

  • a form field, like form.field_name
  • the name of a specific field, like "username"
  • a class name of a form field, like "CharField"
  • a class name of a widget, like "Textarea"

The configuration applied by {% formconfig field ... %} is then only available on those fields that match the given criteria.

Here is an example to clarify things. The formconfig in the snippet below will only affect the second formfield tag but the first one will be left untouched:

{% formconfig field using "input.html" with type="password" for userform.password %}
{% formfield userform.username %}
{% formfield userform.password %}

And some more examples showing the filtering applied on field names, field types and widget types:

{% formconfig field with placeholder="Type to search ..." for "search" %}
{% formfield myform.search %}

{% formconfig field using "forms/widgets/textarea.html" for "CharField" %}
{% formfield myform.comment %}

{% formconfig field using class="text_input" for "TextInput" %}
{% formfield myform.username %}


Please note that the filterings that act on the field class name and widget class name (like "CharField") also match on subclasses of those field. This means if your class inherits from django.forms.fields.CharField it will also get the configuration applied specified by {% formconfig field ... for "CharField" %}.


New in version 1.0.

Renders a form field using the associated widget. You can specify a widget template with the using keyword. Otherwise it will fall back to the widget’s default template.

It also accepts include-like parameters:

{% formfield userform.password using "input.html" with type="password" %}

The formfield tag should only be used inside a form layout, usually in a row template.


New in version 1.0.

The formrow tag is a quite similar to the form tag but acts on a set of form fields instead of complete forms. It takes one or more fields as arguments and a template which should be used to render those fields:

{% formrow userform.firstname userform.lastname using "floppyforms/rows/p.html" %}

It also accepts include-like parameters:

{% formrow myform.field using "my_row_layout.html" with hide_errors=1 only %}

The formrow tag is usually only used in form layouts.

See the documentation on row templates and how they are customized for more details.


New in version 1.0.

The widget tag lets you render a widget with the outer template context available. By default widgets are rendered using a completely isolated context. In some cases you might want to access the outer context, for instance for using floppyforms widgets with django-sekizai:

{% for field in form %}
    {% if not field.is_hidden %}
        {{ field.label_tag }}
        {% widget field %}
        {{ field.errors }}
    {% else %}
        {% widget field %}
    {% endif %}
{% endfor %}

You can safely use the widget tag with non-floppyforms widgets, they will be properly rendered. However, since they’re not template-based, they won’t be able to access any template context.