Newbie to Novice – Using Admin DateTime Picker in your Form

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Paul Nema

Mar 19, 2009, 9:37:56 AM3/19/09

I've noticed many people new to Django (and sometimes also new to Python) often post the same/similar questions in various forums. How to I get something to work and/or do you have an example for X. As I've also experienced this problem I've decided to post my little solution. Its not the only way to do this, just the way I did it. Hopefully this will provide the answer people are searching for or at least get them started. I guess it will also serve as a quick code review by those so inclined to comment.

You've probably heard of DRY but I think something is missing. There should also be a Don't Repeat Other's Work (DROW) when they already solved the problem. Thus another motivation to post this.  On a side note there is a bit of debate out there about using the Django AdminDateWidget verse other solutions (Jquery, etc). Your decision to make but why increase dependencies when you don't have to.

As I'm still learning Django everything in the code below may not be required but I'm listing it anyway. You may need to modify to your particular environment.  As I don't have a blog to post this I'm sending it to this group. I'm open to any suggestions for a better place to post this.

For this example I will focus on adding a date picker for date of birth (dob) and a date time picker for sponsor sign date (sponsor_sign_date). Key items are in Bold.

Another reference to adding the AdminDateTime widget is here:


My top level ( startproject izbo) directory Structure:

mylogin@LX-D620:~/dev/izbo$ ll

drwxrwxr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-17 10:52 account/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-17 10:53 add/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 04:34 adjudicator/

drwxrwxr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 09:43 application/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 10:06 contract/

drwxrwxrwx 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 09:49 DB/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-17 10:51 employer/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 04:34 entity/

-rw-r--r-- 1 mylogin mylogin 207 2009-03-08 04:54 exclude

drwxrwxrwx 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 10:06 gzbo/

-rw-r--r-- 1 mylogin mylogin 0 2009-01-06 04:55

-rw-r--r-- 1 mylogin mylogin 546 2009-01-06 04:55

drwxrwxrwx 5 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-02-08 12:35 media/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-17 10:53 member/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-17 10:52 note/

drwxr-xr-x 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-02-20 12:47 search/

-rw-r--r-- 1 mylogin mylogin 4192 2009-03-05 23:39

drwxrwxrwx12 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-16 11:48 templates/

-rw-r--r-- 1 mylogin mylogin 2118 2009-03-16 11:16


Media directory Listing:

mylogin@LX-D620:~/dev/izbo/media$ ll

total 12

drwxr-xr-x 5 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-03-18 10:56 admin/

drwxrwxrwx 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-02-07 15:45 css/

drwxrwxrwx 2 mylogin mylogin 4096 2009-01-27 10:07 images/

lrwxrwxrwx 1 mylogin mylogin 36 2009-03-18 11:07 img -> /home/mylogin/dev/izbo/media/admin/img/

* Note: admin/ is 'cp -r' of directory /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/django/contrib/admin/media.  Then I linked the img directory.


In my “”

import os.path

PROJECT_DIR = os.path.dirname(__file__)

MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join(PROJECT_DIR, 'media')


ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX = '/media/admin/'


   os.path.join(PROJECT_DIR, 'templates'),




In my top level “” file

from django.contrib import admin

urlpatterns = patterns('',

   # Uncomment the admin/doc line below and add 'django.contrib.admindocs'

   # to INSTALLED_APPS to enable admin documentation:

   (r'^admin/doc/', include('django.contrib.admindocs.urls')),

   # Add this to get widgets.AdminDateWidget() working for non is_staff, is_superuser

   # This must be placed before (r'^admin/(.*)',, as that gobals up everything

   (r'^admin/jsi18n/$', 'django.views.i18n.javascript_catalog'),

   # Uncomment the next line to enable the admin:


   # IZBO related URLs

   (r'^$', splash),




In “gzbo/” I have my class


# Application


class App (Record) :

# Personal Information

dob = DateField(null=True,

    verbose_name=_('Date of Birth'),

    help_text=_('Enter Date of Birth Format: CCYY-MM-DD'))

sponsor_sign_date = DateTimeField(null=True,


    verbose_name=_('Date Sponsor Electronically Signed'))


In “application/” I have a that describes the fields I want to have a date time picker

So in application/


# DJANGO Libraries


from django.forms import ModelForm

from django import forms

from django.contrib.admin import widgets

class AppForm(ModelForm) :

# Personal Information

dob = forms.DateField(

    widget = widgets.AdminDateWidget)

sponsor_sign_date = forms.DateTimeField ( required = False,

    widget = widgets.AdminSplitDateTime)

.... # other fields

class Meta :

   model = App


In “templates/application/appCreate.html” I have the follow. The src=”/media/...” is referencing directory ~/dev/izbo/media

{% extends 'base.html' %}

{% block css %}

<link href="/media/css/main.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" />

<script type="text/javascript" src="/admin/jsi18n/"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="/media/admin/js/core.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="/media/admin/js/admin/RelatedObjectLookups.js"></script>

{{ }}

{% endblock css %}

{% block title %}

IZBO - Application

{% endblock title %}


{{ form.as_p }}


Key scripts for date picker seem to be:



and {{ }} which adds the two lines below (calendar.js and DateTimeShortcuts.js)




  1. Update your file MEDIA_ROOT, MEDIA_URL and ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX to point to where you plan to keep the images and js for the picker. TEMPLATE_DIRS points to where you keep your template files.

  2. Create a ModelForm based upon the class containing the date and/or datetime field/s

  3. Reference the correct widgets for the date and/or datetime fields. I.E. widget = widgets.AdminDateWidget or widget = widgets.AdminSplitDateTime

  4. In your template file reference the correct javascript stuff

  5. Update your file to intercept the jsi18n call and send the correct version.

Have Fun, Stay Safe and Keep the Django Faith

Mayank Rungta

Sep 18, 2016, 9:31:36 AM9/18/16
to Django users,
Most of the posts I see around this topic are dated. I was wondering if this works for Django 1.8 upwards. Kindly let know if anybody has tried/tested any of these approaches on a more recent version of Django. I would like to stick to this approach rather than figure a plugin/javascript for every widget. I already see the need for datepicker and display of tables, both of which are very well done in the admin interface.

Nate Granatir

Sep 19, 2016, 10:29:38 AM9/19/16
to Django users,
I just installed Django Daterange Filter 1.3.0 ( on a Django 1.9 project. Took a little CSS fiddling to get it to display properly with Grappelli, but other than that it worked like a charm.


Nate Granatir

Sep 19, 2016, 10:34:18 AM9/19/16
to Django users,
Just realized this thread was not necessarily about filters for the admin; in the case of using custom forms/views Django daterange filter may not be a good option.

On Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 8:37:56 AM UTC-5, Paul Nema wrote:

Mayank Rungta

Sep 19, 2016, 10:50:12 AM9/19/16
I am looking at making custom forms look like Django admin forms with the widgets in place. Also, I like to do a similar thing for displaying tables. I used a combination of plugins for sorting, filters and displaying tables with pagination. The result was not as good. What I am hoping is to find an easy way to reuse the features already available with django admin. But it appears this approach is not recommended and I saw a post by a django maintainer saying it is not likely to make this any easier in near future. Would have been nice to have this in place, as there are a plethora of plugins in Django & Java Script out there and sifting through them is difficult for a newbie like me.

Looking for suitable inputs on this forum.

Thanks in advance,

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