Conveniently store reference to request user on thread/db level.





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Install django-currentuser::

pip install django-currentuser

Add it to the middleware classes in your


Then use it in a project::

from django_currentuser.middleware import (
    get_current_user, get_current_authenticated_user)

# As model field:
from django_currentuser.db.models import CurrentUserField
class Foo(models.Model):
    created_by = CurrentUserField()
    updated_by = CurrentUserField(on_update=True)

Differences to django-cuser

Both libraries serve the same purpose, but be aware of these differences (as of django-cuser v.2017.3.16):

  • django-currentuser's CurrentUserField stores the reference to the request user at initialization of the model instance and still allows you to overwrite the value before saving. django-cuser sets the value in the pre_save handler of the field just before writing it to the database. Intermediate changes will be ignored.

  • django-cuser deletes the user reference from the thread after finishing a response and it will therefore no longer be available for testing purposes.

Release Notes

  • 0.5.3 - add support for Django 3.2 and Python 3.9

  • 0.5.2 - Fixed Django deprecation warning about using ugettext_lazy()

  • 0.5.1 - add support for Django 3.1 and Python 3.8

  • 0.5.0

    • add support for update on save (thank you @felubra)
    • no longer build on Python 3.5, deprecated
  • 0.4.3 - add support for Django 3.0

  • 0.4.2 - Minor fix for supported Django and Python versions

  • 0.4.0 - update supported versions

    • drop support for Python 3.4
    • drop support for Django 2.0
    • add support for Python 3.7
    • add support for Django 2.2
    • update to not loose deployment feature
  • 0.3.4 - Use public Travis for packaging to remove dependency on outdated build system

  • 0.3.3 - drop Python 3.7 support due to build process problems

  • 0.3.1 - attempt to add Python 3.7 support

  • 0.3.0 - update supported versions according to and

    • drop support for Python 3.2
  • 0.2.3 - support custom user model, drop Django 1.10 support

  • 0.2.2 - support Django 2.0

  • 0.2.1 - version fixes #9

    • support Django 1.11.x and not just 1.11.0
  • 0.2.0 - New middleclass format

    • Adapt to new object based middle class format of Django 1.10+
    • Drop support for deprecated Django versions 1.8 and 1.9
  • 0.1.1 - minor release

    • suppress warning for passed kwargs as long as they match the defaults (avoids them being printed during running tests when fields are cloned)
  • 0.1.0 - initial release

    • provides middleware + methods to set + retrieve reference of currently logged in user from thread
    • provides CurrentUserField that by default stores the currently logged in user
    • supports Django 1.10, 1.11 on python 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6 - as per the official django docs <>_

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As an open source project, we welcome contributions.

The code lives on github <>_.

Reporting issues/improvements

Please open an `issue on github <>`_
or provide a `pull request <>`_
whether for code or for the documentation.

For non-trivial changes, we kindly ask you to open an issue, as it might be rejected.
However, if the diff of a pull request better illustrates the point, feel free to make
it a pull request anyway.

Pull Requests

* for code changes

  * it must have tests covering the change. You might be asked to cover missing scenarios
  * the latest ``flake8`` will be run and shouldn't produce any warning
  * if the change is significant enough, documentation has to be provided

To trigger the packaging, run `make release` on the master branch with a changed
version number.

Setting up all Python versions


sudo apt-get -y install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fkrull/deadsnakes
sudo apt-get update
for version in 3.6 3.7; do
  sudo apt-get -y install ${py} ${py}-dev

Code of Conduct

As it is a Django extension, it follows
`Django's own Code of Conduct <>`_.
As there is no mailing list yet, please just email one of the main authors
(see ```` file or `github contributors`_)

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