How to auto insert the current user when creating an object in django admin?

I have a database of articles with a

submitter = models.ForeignKey(User, editable=False)

Where User is imported as follows:

from django.contrib.auth.models import User. 

I would like to auto insert the current active user to the submitter field when a particular user submits the article.

Anyone have any suggestions?


Just in case anyone is looking for an answer, here is the solution i've found here:

To summarize: He had an Essay table as follows:

from django.contrib.auth.models import User

class Essay(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=666)
    body = models.TextField()
    author = models.ForeignKey(User, null=True, blank=True)

where multiuser can create essays, so he created a admin.ModelAdmin class as follows:

from myapplication.essay.models import Essay
from django.contrib import admin

class EssayAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    list_display = ('title', 'author')
    fieldsets = [
        (None, { 'fields': [('title','body')] } ),

    def save_model(self, request, obj, form, change):
        if getattr(obj, 'author', None) is None:
   = request.user

If you don't want to keep foreignkey in you model to user, then in your override save method = request.user.username

This will store the username who is logged in your db.

Let's say that user B saves a record created by user A. By using this approach above the record will be saved with user B. In some scenarios this might not be the best choice, because each user who saves that record will be "stealing" it. There's a workaround to this, that will save the user only once (the one who creates it):

from django.contrib.auth.models import User

class Car(models.Model):
    created_by = models.ForeignKey(User,editable=False,null=True,blank=True)
    car_name = models.CharField(max_length=40)

from . models import *

class CarAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    list_display = ('car_name','created_by')
    actions = None

    def save_model(self, request, obj, form, change):
        if not obj.created_by:
            obj.created_by = request.user

As per you can't use ForeignKey with the prepopulated_field admin directive, alas

But this thread might help you. In my answer I also link to a Google-scanned version of Pro Django, which has a great solution for this kind of thing. Ideally, am sure it's better if you can buy the book, but Google seems to have most of the relevant chapter anyway.

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