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Disable ordering in the admin for a model

Author:
flupke
Posted:
October 26, 2011
Language:
Python
Version:
1.3
Tags:
admin ordering
Score:
1 (after 1 ratings)

Django admin orders models by their primary key by default, which can be undesirable on very large tables.

This shows how to disable any ordering on a model.

Note that this behavior is fixed in 1.4 trunk.

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from django.contrib import admin
from django.contrib.admin.views.main import ChangeList
from app.models import MyModel


class UnorderedChangeList(ChangeList):

    def get_ordering(self):
        return None, "asc"


class MyModelAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):

    def get_changelist(self, request, **kwargs):
        """
        Returns the ChangeList class for use on the changelist page.
        """
        return UnorderedChangeList


admin.site.register(MyModel, MyModelAdmin)

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