Creating Custom Admin Views and Actions

In Django, the admin interface is a powerful tool for managing the database records. It provides an easy-to-use interface for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations. However, there might be times when you need to extend the default functionality of the admin site and add custom views or actions.

Custom Admin Views

Custom admin views allow you to create additional pages with custom functionalities in the admin interface. These views can be utilized to perform specific tasks that are not covered by the default admin pages. Here's how you can create a custom admin view:

  1. Open the file of your Django app.
  2. Import the necessary modules: from django.contrib import admin and from django.urls import path.
  3. Below the line, define your custom view as a function. Make sure to include the request parameter.
  4. Decorate your function with
  5. Define the URL path for your view using the path function and specify the corresponding URL pattern.
  6. Use the HttpResponse object to return the desired content.
from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path
from django.http import HttpResponse
def custom_view(request):
    return HttpResponse("This is a custom admin view.")

urlpatterns = [
    # Other URL patterns...
    path('admin/custom/', custom_view, name='custom_admin_view'),

After implementing the above steps, you will have a new URL pattern available at admin/custom/, which will display the content returned by your custom view. You can access this view only if you are logged in as a superuser or have the necessary permissions.

Custom Admin Actions

Admin actions provide a way to perform batch operations on selected database records. Django admin includes default actions like delete selected, but you can create your own custom actions catering to your specific needs. Follow the steps below to create a custom admin action:

  1. Open the file of your Django app.
  2. Import the necessary modules: from django.contrib import admin and from django.contrib import messages.
  3. Below the class definition of your admin model, define your custom action as a function. It should accept three parameters: modeladmin, request, and queryset.
  4. Add a short description to the action by setting the short_description attribute of the function.
  5. Implement the desired logic within the function. You can use queryset to perform operations on the selected records.
  6. Use the messages.success() function to display a success message. Remember to import the messages module.
  7. Register your custom action by adding it to the actions attribute of the admin model.
from django.contrib import admin
from django.contrib import messages

def mark_as_published(modeladmin, request, queryset):
    messages.success(request, "Selected records marked as published.")
mark_as_published.short_description = "Mark selected items as published"

class ArticleAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    actions = [mark_as_published], ArticleAdmin)

After adding the custom action to the actions attribute, you will see a new action option in the admin interface's action dropdown for the specified model. Selecting this action and clicking "Go" will execute the defined logic on the selected records.


Creating custom admin views and actions in Django allows you to extend the functionality of the admin interface according to your project requirements. With custom views, you can add additional pages for performing specific tasks. Custom actions enable you to perform batch operations on selected records easily. By leveraging these features, you can tailor the Django admin site to better meet your application's needs.

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