Convert django Models to JSON for response

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let's see how to convert QuerySet from Models to JSON type and response it when we use django for API.


when we develop API server by django, sometimes we want to response JSON directly from Model QuerySet. in this blog post, we’ll see how to convert the data(QuerySet) from django Model to JSON response.

you can see the source code introduced in this blog on Github. see the link below.

Prepare django Project

you can see how to prepare django project on the previous blog post series. if you want more details about how to make django project, see the links below.

in this blog post, we won’t see how to install and configure django project. just we’ll see simply to prepare the project to be able to talk about converting.

execute the command below to create django project.

django-admin startproject django_jwt

connect database and migrate the tables to see the blog below.

after connecting the database, execute the command below to create an administrator(superuser).

python createsuperuser

create Blog django App and Post Model by referring the blog post below.

and then add test data by referring the blog post below.

Create URL

now, we need to create URL for getting the data. you can see details about how to create URL at the blog post below.

oepn and modify django_response_model_to_json/ for new URL.

from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path
from django.urls import path, include

urlpatterns = [
    path('', include('blog.urls')),

and then, create and modify blog/ to add new URL to Blog App.

from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('posts/', views.posts, name='posts'),

Make View

let’s make django View to convert Model data(QuerySet) to JSON type. if you want to know details about how to create django View, see the link below.

open and modify blog/ to make the View like below.

from django.shortcuts import render
from django.core import serializers
from django.http import HttpResponse
from .models import Post

def posts(request):
    posts = Post.objects.filter(published_at__isnull=False).order_by('-published_at')
    post_list = serializers.serialize('json', posts)
    return HttpResponse(post_list, content_type="text/json-comment-filtered")
  • from django.core import serializers: load(import) serializers to serialize Model data to JSON.
  • from django.http import HttpResponse: load(import HttpResponse to response JSON data.
  • posts = Post.objects.filter(published_at__isnull=False).order_by('-published_at'): load data from Post Models.
  • post_list = serializers.serialize('json', posts): convert the data(QuerySet) to JSON type string.
  • return HttpResponse(post_list, content_type="text/json-comment-filtered"): post_list is JSON type string so we need to remove (") to response JSON.


execute the command below to start django test server to check the result.

python runserver

and then, send GET to the URL(http://localhost:8000/posts/) via Postman, you can get JSON data response well.

convert Model to JSON in django - check the data via Postman

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