Floppyforms are supposed to work just like Django forms:

import floppyforms as forms

class ProfileForm(forms.Form):
    name = forms.CharField()
    email = forms.EmailField()
    url = forms.URLField()

With some template code:

<form method="post" action="/some-action/">
    {% csrf_token %}
    {{ form.as_p }}
    <p><input type="submit" value="Yay!"></p>

The form will be rendered using the floppyforms/layouts/p.html template. See the documentation about layouts for details.

Each field has a default widget and widgets are rendered using templates.

Default templates are provided and their output is relatively similar to Django widgets, with a few minor differences:

  • HTML5 <input> types are supported: url, email, date, datetime, time, number, range, search, color, tel.
  • The required and placeholder attributes are also supported.

Widgets are rendered with the following context variables:

  • hidden: set to True if the field is hidden.
  • required: set to True if the field is required.
  • type: the input type. Can be text, password, etc. etc.
  • name: the name of the input.
  • attrs: the dictionnary passed as a keyword argument to the widget. It contains the id attribute of the widget by default.

Each widget has a template_name attribute which points to the template to use when rendering the widget. A basic template for an <input> widget may look like:

<input {% for key, val in attrs.items %}
         {{ key }}="{{ val }}"
       {% endfor %}
       type="{{ type }}"
       name="{{ name }}"
       {% if value %}value="{{ value }}"{% endif %}>

The default floppyforms template for an <input> widget is slightly more complex.

Some widgets may provide extra context variables and extra attributes:

Widget Extra context Extra attrs
Textarea   rows, cols
NumberInput   min, max, step
RangeInput   min, max, step
Select optgroups, multiple  
RadioSelect optgroups, multiple  
NullBooleanSelect optgroups, multiple  
SelectMultiple optgroups, multiple (True)  
CheckboxSelectMultiple optgroups, multiple (True)  

Furthermore, you can specify custom attrs during widget definition. For instance, with a field created this way:

bar = forms.EmailField(widget=forms.EmailInput(attrs={'placeholder': ''}))

Then the placeholder variable is available in the attrs template variable.


You can use ModelForms with floppyforms as you would use a ordinary django ModelForm. Here is an example showing it for a basic Profile model:

class Profile(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=255)
    url = models.URLField()

Now create a ModelForm using floppyforms:

import floppyforms.__future__ as forms

class ProfileForm(forms.ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = Profile
        fields = ('name', 'url')

The ProfileForm will now have form fields for all the model fields. So there will be a floppyforms.CharField used for the model field and a floppyforms.URLField for Profile.url.


Please note that you have to import from floppyforms.__future__ to use this feature. Here is why:

This behaviour changed in version 1.2 of django-floppyforms. Before, no alterations were made to the widgets of a ModelForm. So you had to take care of assigning the floppyforms widgets to the django form fields yourself to use the template based rendering provided by floppyforms. Here is an example of how you would have done it with django-floppyforms 1.1 and earlier:

import floppyforms as forms

class ProfileForm(forms.ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = Profile
        fields = ('name', 'url')
        widgets = {
            'name': forms.TextInput,
            'url': forms.URLInput,

Since the change is backwards incompatible, we decided to provide a deprecation path. If you create a ModelForm with django-floppyforms 1.2 and use import floppyforms as forms as the import you will get the old behaviour and you will see a DeprecationWarning.

To use the new behaviour, you can use import floppyforms.__future__ as forms as the import.

Please make sure to test your code if your modelforms work still as expected with the new behaviour. The old version’s behaviour will be removed completely with django-floppyforms 1.4.