[SOLVED] sorting in django admin list by a custom field alphabetically


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I have a simple store / product relationship and I want to sort the products depending on the store name alphabetically.


class Store(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField("name", max_length = 128)

class Product(models.Model):
    number = models.PositiveIntegerField()
    name = models.CharField("name", max_length = 128)
    store = models.ForeignKey(Store, on_delete = models.CASCADE)

and in the admin:

class ProductAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    list_display = ["number", "name", "get_store_name",]
    def get_store_name(self, obj):
        return f"""{obj.store.name}"""

I know I cannot use order_by on custom fields. So I thought I need to override the get_queryset method probably? I found multiple examples to annotate by counted or calculated numbers, but never for strings.


You can annotate field with condition to queryset and then, set it as ordering in @admin.display decorator for your custom field.

from django.db.models import Case, F, When

class ProductAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    list_display = ["number", "name", "get_store_name"]

    def get_queryset(self, request):
        queryset = super().get_queryset(request)
        queryset = queryset.annotate(
                When(store__show_name__isnull=True, then=F('store__name')),
        return queryset

    def get_store_name(self, obj):
        if obj.store.show_name:
            return obj.store.show_name
        return obj.store.name

With this implementation, standard django admin interface sorting will work for your column

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If you want just default sorting, you can add it to queryset before return in get_queryset()


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