Full and natural support for enumerations as Django model fields.

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pip install django-enum==1.2.2


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Django Enum

Full and natural support for enumerations as Django model fields.

Many packages aim to ease usage of Python enumerations as model fields. Most were made obsolete when Django provided TextChoices and IntegerChoices types. The motivation for django-enum was to:

  • Always automatically coerce fields to instances of the Enum type.
  • Allow strict adherence to Enum values to be disabled.
  • Be compatible with Enum classes that do not derive from Django's Choices.
  • Handle migrations appropriately. (See migrations)
  • Integrate as fully as possible with Django's existing level of enum support.
  • Integrate with enum-properties to enable richer enumeration types.
  • Represent enum fields with the smallest possible column type.
  • Be as simple and light-weight an extension to core Django as possible.

django-enum works in concert with Django's built in TextChoices and IntegerChoices to provide a new model field type, EnumField, that resolves the correct native Django field type for the given enumeration based on its value type and range. For example, IntegerChoices that contain values between 0 and 32767 become PositiveSmallIntegerField.

from django.db import models
from django_enum import EnumField

class MyModel(models.Model):

    class TextEnum(models.TextChoices):

        VALUE0 = 'V0', 'Value 0'
        VALUE1 = 'V1', 'Value 1'
        VALUE2 = 'V2', 'Value 2'

    class IntEnum(models.IntegerChoices):

        ONE   = 1, 'One'
        TWO   = 2, 'Two',
        THREE = 3, 'Three'

    # this is equivalent to:
    #  CharField(max_length=2, choices=TextEnum.choices, null=True, blank=True)
    txt_enum = EnumField(TextEnum, null=True, blank=True)

    # this is equivalent to
    #  PositiveSmallIntegerField(choices=IntEnum.choices)
    int_enum = EnumField(IntEnum)

EnumField is more than just an alias. The fields are now assignable and accessible as their enumeration type rather than by-value:

instance = MyModel.objects.create(
    int_enum=3  # by-value assignment also works

assert instance.txt_enum == MyModel.TextEnum('V1')
assert instance.txt_enum.label == 'Value 1'

assert instance.int_enum == MyModel.IntEnum['THREE']
assert instance.int_enum.value == 3

django-enum also provides IntegerChoices and TextChoices types that extend from enum-properties which makes possible very rich enumeration fields.

?> pip install enum-properties

from enum_properties import s
from django_enum import TextChoices  # use instead of Django's TextChoices
from django.db import models

class TextChoicesExample(models.Model):

    class Color(TextChoices, s('rgb'), s('hex', case_fold=True)):

        # name   value   label       rgb       hex
        RED     = 'R',   'Red',   (1, 0, 0), 'ff0000'
        GREEN   = 'G',   'Green', (0, 1, 0), '00ff00'
        BLUE    = 'B',   'Blue',  (0, 0, 1), '0000ff'

        # any named s() values in the Enum's inheritance become properties on
        # each value, and the enumeration value may be instantiated from the
        # property's value

    color = EnumField(Color)

instance = TextChoicesExample.objects.create(
assert instance.color == TextChoicesExample.Color('Red')
assert instance.color == TextChoicesExample.Color('R')
assert instance.color == TextChoicesExample.Color((1, 0, 0))

# direct comparison to any symmetric value also works
assert instance.color == 'Red'
assert instance.color == 'R'
assert instance.color == (1, 0, 0)

# save by any symmetric value
instance.color = 'FF0000'

# access any enum property right from the model field
assert instance.color.hex == 'ff0000'

# this also works!
assert instance.color == 'ff0000'

# and so does this!
assert instance.color == 'FF0000'

# filtering works by any symmetric value or enum type instance
assert TextChoicesExample.objects.filter(
).first() == instance

assert TextChoicesExample.objects.filter(color=(1, 0, 0)).first() == instance

assert TextChoicesExample.objects.filter(color='FF0000').first() == instance


Consider using django-render-static to make your enumerations DRY across the full stack!

Please report bugs and discuss features on the issues page.

Contributions are encouraged!

Full documentation at read the docs.


  1. Clone django-enum from GitHub or install a release off PyPI :
pip install django-enum


django-enum has several optional dependencies that are not pulled in by default. EnumFields work seamlessly with all Django apps that work with model fields with choices without any additional work. Optional integrations are provided with several popular libraries to extend this basic functionality.

Integrations are provided that leverage enum-properties to make enumerations do more work and to provide extended functionality for django-filter and djangorestframework.

pip install enum-properties
pip install django-filter
pip install djangorestframework

If features are utilized that require a missing optional dependency an exception will be thrown.