Django model inheritance, filtering models

Given the following models:(don't mind the TextFields there're just for illustration)

class Base(models.Model): field1 = models.TextField() class Meta: abstract=True class Child1(Base): child1_field = models.TextField() class Child2(Base): child2_field = models.TextField() class Content(models.Model): aso_items = models.ManyToManyField('Base')

According to these definitions a Content object can be associated with more than one Base object, eg. an interview(=Content object) can be linked with a musician(=Child1 object), a filmdirector(=Child2), etc.

Now, for my question: Is it possible to filter Content objects according to which model the aso_items field points to? An example : Say I would like a Queryset containing all the Content objects that are associated with a specific object of Child1(eg. all the interviews associated with the musician Bob Dylan), how can I achieve this?

Further, what if I'd want a QuerySet containing all the Content objects that are associated with Child1 objects?(eg. all the interviews that associated with musicians) How does this change the filtering?

Thanks in advance ps: I'm experiencing some problems with white space in the preview, forgive me


You should check the section of the Django docs regarding using related_name for abstract base classes. http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/topics/db/models/#be-careful-with-related-name

To quote the docs:

If you are using the related_name attribute on a ForeignKey or ManyToManyField, you must always specify a unique reverse name for the field. This would normally cause a problem in abstract base classes, since the fields on this class are included into each of the child classes, with exactly the same values for the attributes (including related_name) each time.

To work around this problem, when you are using related_name in an abstract base class (only), part of the name should be the string %(class)s. This is replaced by the lower-cased name of the child class that the field is used in. Since each class has a different name, each related name will end up being different.

Using this information I would recommend moving the m2m field into the Base class:

class Content(models.Model): # Add remaining fields for Content pass class Base(models.Model): field1 = models.TextField() items = models.ManyToManyField(Content,related_name="%(class)s_related") class Meta: abstract=True class Child1(Base): child1_field = models.TextField() class Child2(Base): child2_field = models.TextField()


Apparently a ForeignKey relation(or ManyToMany for that matter) with a abstract class isn't allowed. I get the following error : 'AssertionError: ForeignKey cannot define a relation with abstract class Artiest'.

A possible solution is to define the base class as non-abstract, however this implies that one could instantiate models of the base class. Which isn't the behavior I want.(after all it was an abstract class) Has someone come accross the same problem how did you solve it? Any alternatives?


Have a look at http://www.djangoproject.com/documentation/models/generic_relations/ which goes through generic relations. Your Content model would match up to their TaggedItem model, and your Base model would match up to their Animal/Vegetable/Mineral model (with Child1 and Child2 extending).

Getting all of the Content objects for a single child would be (assuming you set the GenericRelation to contents inside Base):

child_contents = childObject.contents.all()

And to get all Content objects for a model:

ctype = ContentType.objects.get_for_model(Child1) all_child_contents = Content.objects.filter(content_type=ctype)


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