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Add 'error' class to widgets with errors in Django Forms

Many times UI requires us to style differently widgets that have errors in a field instead or next to an error message.

Django provides a nifty .errors attribute to tell if a field of form has errors but you can't affect the rendering of a widget with it.

And going through all your widgets can be a pain when you only need that ona extra HTML class:

<input type="text" class="errors" name="my_field" id="id_my_field"/>

I came up with this dirty snippet that gets the job done:

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    Extend from this form so your widgets have an 'error' class if there's
    an error on the field. 
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(MyForm, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        if self.errors:
            for f_name in self.fields:
                if f_name in self.errors:
                    classes = self.fields[f_name].widget.attrs.get('class', '')
                    classes += ' errors'
                    self.fields[f_name].widget.attrs['class'] = classes

Now you can either extend from that class or encapsulate in a method, add to all your __init__ on your forms or whatever.


Jon: Why not just iterate of self.errors?

SK: How can I get this to work on all my ModelForms and forms.Form without needing to extend each and every one by hand?

DuĊĦan Maliarik: handy. thanks

Jj: And then in your code instead of doing from django import forms, do from mymodule import my_forms as forms, and your code should work as before.

Sahas Katta: Thanks again, I'm digging into this further.