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Django FormMail Clone

Here’s a little nugget I just posted to Django Snippets. It emulates the behavior of an old Perl script I used way back when,

I often find myself needing to build a form whose contents get emailed to the site owner(s). This class let’s you call form.notify() on any form that is a subclass of it to have the fields ordered and sent in a plain text email to all users that are flagged as staff.

from django import newforms as forms
from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from django.contrib.sites.models import Site
from django.core.mail import send_mail

class FormMail(forms.Form):
    def notify(self):
        Sends an email to all members of the staff with ordered list of fields
        and values for any form that subclasses FormMail
        site_name = Site.objects.get_current().name
        form_name =
        subject = 's %s Submission'  (site_name, form_name)
        user_list = [ for u in 
        message = ""
        for k in self.base_fields.keyOrder:
            message = message + 's: %s\n\n'  (self[k].label, self.cleaned_data[k])
        send_mail(subject, message, user_list[0], user_list)

## Example form
class ContactForm(FormMail):
    name = forms.CharField()
    phone = forms.CharField(required=False)
    email = forms.EmailField()
    comment = forms.CharField(widget=forms.Textarea())

## Example view code
form = ContactForm(request.POST)
if form.is_valid():
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