Django Class Based Views for Implementing List and DetailsView

Hi there, this post is about one of the important and general features of Django and you guessed it right. Yeah, it’s about the  Django Class Based Views (Generic Views) and its usage to implement the ListView and DetailsView on a model of data. Now, you might be wondering what acutally do I  mean when I say Generic Views, Django Class Based Views, ListView and Detail View and all stuff. Hold your curiosity. I am gonna walk you through all these concepts.

These days, most of the websites follow a pattern in which one page shows a list of  things and the other page shows the details of the thing selected on the previous page.  For example, consider this very blog, As you visit it, you are welcomed with a list of posts which is called ListView and as you click on any post, another page shows up giving the details of the post which is called DetailView. Now, you might think that now I know what listview and detailsview are but how do I implement them. This is exactly where generic views comes into play and simplifies things.

Generic Views are basically class based views. These are usually used for the implementation of ListView and DetailView. These have inbuilt functionality and methods to simplify achieving the same. So now that you know the stuff, let’s start coding with generic views:-

As an example to learn generic views, we will be creating a webapp which would do the following:-

  • It shall display a list of watches for sale.@
  • When clicked on any product, it shall show the details of the selected product.
  • It shall accept new watch details i.e. the title and description of the watch.@ and save them into the db to be later shown in the listview.

Django Class Based Views Example

Creating a new Django Project

  • Run your Windows PowerShell in Administrator Mode and run the following command to navigate into the desktop directory :

  • Run the command below to start a project new django project:

  • As you do, you will see a  folder on your desktop containing the django files named website
  • Open the folder in any Django IDE or any text editor will work fine.
  • Run the command below to change the directory of PowerShell to the folder “website”:

Creating a new App inside the Project

  • Run the command below to start a new app into your project.

  • Here, genericviews is the name of your app. As your run the above command, a folder named users will show up in the website folder.

Coding the App

Creating Model

  • In the app folder genericviews, there’s a file called To configure the database, we need a model of the data we will be dealing with. To do so, add the following code to the python file.

Registering Model

  • Now we need to register the above model into the file in the users folder. To do so, add the following code to the file present in  users folder.

  • By now, the model of the database is ready. But we need to  implement this database into the SQLite db. To do so,  open the Windows PowerShell and the follow the commands  given below.

Making Migrations

  • Make sure that the shell is navigated into the website  folder and run the following command.

  • Next, run the command below to actually implement it into the database.

  • By now, the database is created into the sqlite db.

Building the Form

  • In the app folder genericviews, create a new python  file called To configure the form through which the input is to be taken, code this file with the code below.

  • Until now, you went through lot of things in the above instructions and you must be wondering that where the heck is  generic views. Well, your wait is over. Next, we need to  configure the  file in the genericviews app folder where we would actually see generic view being used. So, go ahead and add the code below to the file:-

Making URL Pattern for Form

  • Next, in the app folder called  genericviews, create a new python file  named ‘’ and add the code below:-

  • By now, we are all done with the backend of this app.

Creating UI for Django generic Views (class based views) example

  • Firstly create a directory named templates into the folder genericviews.
  • Now, in the templates folder, create another directory named genericviews and it should be like /genericviews/template/genericviews.
  • In the genericviews folder present in templates directory, create a new HTML file called makeentry.html and add the following code, it contains the UI used to take input.

  • In the same directory, create another html file named index.html and add the code below .This will act as a home page and display the list of watches.

  • In the same directory, create one last html file named detail.html and add the code below .This will act as a second page and display the detail of the selected watch:-

Finalizing project

  • In the folder website, there’s file called Update that file with code given below:-

  • Finally in the folder website , there’s another file called We need to register the app ‘genericviews‘ into the installed apps category in this file To do so, look for the INSTALLED APPS category in and then register the app as show below :-

That’all. We’re done with coding the app.

Running the App

  • Now lets try running the app make sure your development server is running. If not you can use the following command into your Windows PowerShell to run your development server.

Django Class Based Views (Generic Views) Example

  • Now go to the url to see your product form to make an entry:-

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  • Make 3-4 entries in the form shown above. It shall be stored on the database as you hit submit .
  • Now that we have the data of certain products into our database, we are good to see the listview showing the list of watches.
  • So,  Go to the url:- and you shall a list of watches as shown in the image below:-

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  • Now, if you click on any of the watches, it shall take you the details section as you had entered it.

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  • Now if you are still having troubles implement Django Class Based Views then you can get my source code from below.

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So thats all for this Django Class Based Views Tutorial. You can leave your comments below to have a discussion about the queries and confusions. Thank You 🙂

3 thoughts on “Django Class Based Views for Implementing List and DetailsView”

  1. Your articles are good but the thing is that you always forgot to mention that whenever you are going to do “migrations”
    then before doing that, that particular app must be present in the “INSTALLED_APPS”. And i am mentioning this because you have not mentioned this in not even a single example on your website.
    You can take example of this post, user cannot able to do/performs migrations of a model related to an app withour registering/installing that app to the main “” file under the section “INSTALLED_APPS”.

  2. Doesn’t show anything in the DetailsView when I use product. But using object works perfectly fine. I’m using Django 1.10. Maybe it depends on the version?
    But thanks anyway, finally I found a working tutorial for forms :)!!!

  3. Its a very great article. I just had one doubt: How do we customize the way in which we want the form input elements to be displayed in the makeentry page. Like suppose if I have to add CSS to it, then how should I do it to those form input elements.


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