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django-fsm 2.0.1

Django friendly finite state machine support.

Latest Version: 2.3.0

Django friendly finite state machine support

django-fsm adds declarative states management for django models.
Instead of adding some state field to a django model, and manage it
values by hand, you could use FSMState field and mark model methods
with the `transition` decorator. Your method will contain the side-effects
of the state change.

The decorator also takes a list of conditions, all of which must be met
before a transition is allowed.


$ pip install django-fsm

Or, for the latest git version

$ pip install -e git://

Library has full Python 3 support, for the graph transition drawing
you should install python3 compatible graphviz version
from git+


Add FSMState field to your model

from django_fsm import FSMField, transition

class BlogPost(models.Model):
state = FSMField(default='new')

Use the `transition` decorator to annotate model methods

@transition(field=state, source='new', target='published')
def publish(self):
This function may contain side-effects,
like updating caches, notifying users, etc.
The return value will be discarded.

`source` parameter accepts a list of states, or an individual state.
You can use `*` for source, to allow switching to `target` from any state.

If calling publish() succeeds without raising an exception, the state field
will be changed, but not written to the database.

from django_fsm import can_proceed

def publish_view(request, post_id):
post = get_object__or_404(BlogPost, pk=post_id)
if not can_proceed(post.publish):
raise Http404;

return redirect('/')

If some conditions are required to be met before the changing state, use the
`conditions` argument to `transition`. `conditions` must be a list of functions
that takes one argument, the model instance. The function must return either
`True` or `False` or a value that evaluates to `True` or `False`. If all
functions return `True`, all conditions are considered to be met and transition
is allowed to happen. If one of the functions return `False`, the transition
will not happen. These functions should not have any side effects.

You can use ordinary functions

def can_publish(instance):
# No publishing after 17 hours
if > 17:
return False
return True

Or model methods

def can_destroy(self):
return self.is_under_investigation()

Use the conditions like this:

@transition(field=state, source='new', target='published', conditions=[can_publish])
def publish(self):
Side effects galore

@transition(field=state, source='*', target='destroyed', conditions=[can_destroy])
def destroy(self):
Side effects galore

You could instantiate field with protected=True option, that prevents direct state field modification

class BlogPost(models.Model):
state = FSMField(default='new', protected=True)

model = BlogPost()
model.state = 'invalid' # Raises AttributeError

### get_available_FIELD_transitions
Returns all transitions data available in current state

### get_all_FIELD_transitions
Enumerates all declared transitions

### Foreign Key constraints support

If you store the states in the db table you could use FSMKeyField to
ensure Foreign Key database integrity.

In your model :

class DbState(models.Model):
id = models.CharField(primary_key=True, max_length=50)
label = models.CharField(max_length=255)

def __unicode__(self);
return self.label

class BlogPost(models.Model):
state = FSMKeyField(DbState, default='new')

@transition(field=state, source='new', target='published')
def publish(self):

In your fixtures/initial_data.json :

"pk": "new",
"model": "myapp.dbstate",
"fields": {
"label": "_NEW_"
"pk": "published",
"model": "myapp.dbstate",
"fields": {
"label": "_PUBLISHED_"
}, ...

Note : source and target parameters in @transition decorator use pk values of DBState model
as names, even if field "real" name is used, without _id postfix, as field parameter.

### Integer Field support

You can also use `FSMIntegerField`. This is handy when you want to use enum style constants. This field is also `db_index=True` by default for speedy db loookups.

class BlogPostStateEnum(object):
NEW = 10

class BlogPostWithIntegerField(models.Model):
state = FSMIntegerField(default=BlogPostStateEnum.NEW)

@transition(source=BlogPostStateEnum.NEW, target=BlogPostStateEnum.PUBLISHED)
def publish(self):

### Signals

`django_fsm.signals.pre_transition` and `django_fsm.signals.post_transition` are called before
and after allowed transition. No signals on invalid transition are called.

Arguments sent with these signals:

The model class.

The actual instance being procceed

Transition name

Source model state

Target model state

### Drawing transitions

Renders a graphical overview of your models states transitions

# Create a dot file
$ ./ graph_transitions >

# Create a PNG image file only for specific model
$ ./ graph_transitions -o blog_transitions.png myapp.Blog


<img src="" alt="django-fsm" width="100px"/>

### django-fsm 2.0.0 2014-03-15
* Backward incompatible release
* All public code import moved directly to django_fsm package
* Correct support for several @transitions decorator with different source states and conditions on same method
* save parameter from transition decorator removed
* get_available_FIELD_transitions return Transition data object instead of tuple
* Models got get_available_FIELD_transitions, even if field specified as string reference
* New get_all_FIELD_transitions method contributed to class

### django-fsm 1.6.0 2014-03-15
* FSMIntegerField and FSMKeyField support

### django-fsm 1.5.1 2014-01-04

* Ad-hoc support for state fields from proxy and inherited models

### django-fsm 1.5.0 2013-09-17

* Python 3 compatibility

### django-fsm 1.4.0 2011-12-21

* Add graph_transition command for drawing state transition picture

### django-fsm 1.3.0 2011-07-28

* Add direct field modification protection

### django-fsm 1.2.0 2011-03-23

* Add pre_transition and post_transition signals

### django-fsm 1.1.0 2011-02-22

* Add support for transition conditions
* Allow multiple FSMField in one model
* Contribute get_available_FIELD_transitions for model class

### django-fsm 1.0.0 2010-10-12

* Initial public release  
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