How to Easily Style Your Django Form Fields With Django Widget Tweaks

Easy Styling for Django Form Fields

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It’s not as easy as it should be to style your forms in Django. In this tutorial, I’ll show you an easy way to style your Django form fields using the Django widget tweaks library. With a few lines of code, you can style your form fields to fit the overall design of your webpage.

Creating a Model and Model Form

Let's start by creating a model and model form for this example. We'll create a file called and import ModelForm from Django form:

from django import models

class Member(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=20)
    membership_number = models.CharField(max_length=10)

from django.forms import ModelForm
from .models import Member

class MemberForm(ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = Member
        fields = ['name', 'membership_number']

This creates a form based on our Member model with fields for 'name' and 'membership_number'.

Displaying the Form

We can now display the form in a Django view. In the file, we can import our MemberForm and instantiate it. We can then pass it over to the context dictionary and render it in our template.

from .forms import MemberForm

def some_view(request):
    form = MemberForm()
    context = {'form': form}
    return render(request, 'template.html', context)

In our template, we can display the form fields inside of the 'form' tag:

<form class="form-signin">
    {% csrf_token %}
    <h1 class="h3 mb-3 font-weight-normal">Member Form</h1>
    {{ }}
    {{ form.membership_number }}
    <button class="btn btn-lg btn-primary btn-block mt-5" type="submit">Add New Member</button>

## Styling the Form Fields

By default, the form fields are displayed without any styling. To style them, we could use the super() function and modify the widget attributes, as shown below:

class MemberForm(ModelForm):
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super().__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.fields['name'].widget.attrs.update({'class': 'form-control'})
        self.fields['membership_number'].widget.attrs.update({'class': 'form-control'})

Although this works, it's not the most straightforward way of styling forms. Instead, we can use the Django widget tweaks library to modify the attributes of our form fields.

Installing Django Widget Tweaks

To install the Django widget tweaks library, run the following command:

pip install django-widget-tweaks

After installing, add 'widget_tweaks' to your INSTALLED_APPS in


Styling with Django Widget Tweaks

In our template, we can load the widget-tweaks library and use the render_field tag to style our form fields. Instead of {{ }}, we'll use the render_field tag and pass the field as an argument. We can then modify the attributes of our field:

{% load widget_tweaks %}

    {% render_field placeholder="Name" class="form-control"%}
    {% render_field form.membership_number placeholder="Membership Number" class="form-control"%}

This approach allows us to define the styles inside our template, not inside our form classes. The Django widget tweaks library has many other examples of things you can do with your forms, such as adding rows and columns to text areas or adding a type.

You can check out the documentation in this link:

That's it! With these few lines of code, you can style your Django form fields to integrate seamlessly into the design of your website. If you have any questions about how to use Django widget tweaks, feel free to leave a comment below.