How to Render Forms Manually in Django

Django, a high-level Python web framework, provides a powerful form handling system that simplifies form creation and validation. While Django’s builtin form rendering with {% form %} tags can be convenient, there are scenarios where rendering forms manually offers more control and flexibility. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to render forms manually in Django, allowing you to customize form presentation, layout, and styling.

Why Render Forms Manually?

Rendering forms manually can be advantageous in the following scenarios:

  1. Customized Layout: You need precise control over the form’s HTML structure and styling to match your design requirements.
  2. Complex Forms: Your forms contain complex field arrangements, such as multi-column layouts or conditional field visibility.
  3. Integration with Front-End Frameworks: You want to integrate Django forms seamlessly with front-end frameworks like Bootstrap, Tailwind CSS, or custom JavaScript.
  4. Fine-Grained Control: To add additional elements, labels, or validation messages alongside form fields.

Getting Started

Before diving into manual form rendering, ensure you have a Django project set up and a form defined in your Django app. If you don’t have a form, you can create one using Django’s form system. Here’s a quick example of creating a simple form.:

from django import forms

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    name = forms.CharField(label='Your Name', max_length=100)
    email = forms.EmailField(label='Your Email')

Manual Form Rendering Steps

Let’s walk through the steps to manually render a form in Django:

Step 1: Create a Template

First, create an HTML template where you want to render your form manually. For this example, let’s create a template named myform_template.html. In your template file, you can add the necessary HTML structure to hold your form:

<!-- myform_template.html -->
<form method="post">
    {% csrf_token %}

    <!-- Render form fields manually -->
    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="{{ }}">Your Name:</label>
        {{ }}
    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="{{ }}">Your Email:</label>
        {{ }}

    <!-- Add a submit button -->
    <button type="submit">Submit</button>

Step 2: Render the Form in a View

In your Django view, create an instance of your form and pass it to your template context. Make sure to handle form submission logic as well:

from django.shortcuts import render
from .forms import MyForm

def my_view(request):
    if request.method == 'POST':
        form = MyForm(request.POST)
        if form.is_valid():
            # Process form data
            # ...
        form = MyForm()

    return render(request, 'myform_template.html', {'form': form})

Step 3: Create URLs

Don’t forget to create a URL pattern to map your, view to a URL endpoint in your Django app’s

from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('myform/', views.my_view, name='my_form'),

Step 4: Configure Static and Media Settings (if neccessary)

If your form includes file upload fields or custom CSS, make sure to configure Django’s static and media settings as needed in your project’s

Step 5: Styling and Customization

You can now apply CSS styles and further customize your form elements in the HTML template to match your design. Add classes, labels, placeholders, and any other HTML attributes as required.


Manual form rendering in Django provides developers with a high level of control and flexibility over how forms are presented in the HTML templates. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can create and render forms that seamlessly integrate with your web application’s design and functionality, making your Django projects even more powerful and userfriendly..

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