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How to create Abstract Model Class in Django?

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  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 16 Feb, 2021

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source.

What is model Inheritance?

Model Inheritance in Django works almost identically to the way normal class inheritance works in python. In this article we will revolve around how to create abstract base class in Django Models.

Abstract Base Class :-

Abstract Base Class are useful when you want to put some common information into a number of other models. You write your base class and put abstract = True in the Meta Class. Suppose you have two model Student and Teacher.


from django.db import models
class Student(models.Model):  # STUDENT
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    rollno = models.IntergerField()
class Teacher(models.Model):  # TEACHER
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    ID = models.IntergerField()

So have you notice that one field name is common on  both models.

So instead of adding common fields in both models ,we have create a another model and put those common fields in that model.


from django.db import models
class common(models.Model):  # COMM0N
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    class Meta:
        abstract = True

So here I create a model common and put the common fields in that model.

Put abstract = True in the Meta class. After set abstract True, now it becomes an abstract class not a model,so now you can’t generate a database table.


class Student(common):  # STUDENT
    rollno = models.IntegerField()
class Teacher(common):  # TEACHER
    ID = models.IntegerField()


python3 makemigrations
python3 migrate

Now you can inherit the common name field in both Student and Teacher. Just like normal python inheritance.

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