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Using the built-in views and forms for new user registration in Django

Sun 09 June 2013
By Harry

Have been digging into the built-in forms and views from django.contrib.auth. I always knew you could get generic views for login, logout, even password reset, but I didn't know you could actually handle new user creation as well!

There's a form in django.contrib.auth.forms, and a class-based view for creating new objects called CreateView, and I believe this is all you need for a working registration form/view:

from django.views.generic.edit import CreateView
from django.contrib.auth.forms import UserCreationForm

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url('^register/', CreateView.as_view(
    url('^accounts/', include('django.contrib.auth.urls')),

    # rest of your URLs as normal

Then, in register.html (which you do have to create yourself), you get a {{ form }} you can use, including a username, password and password confirmation, and it handles validation errors and EVERYTHING.

Obviously it doesn't include registering (and validating) an email address for the user, but still, I'm pretty excited. Did everyone else already know about this?


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