By default Django JET renders all possible choices for select inputs. This behavior may be unwanted if number of available options is rather big. In this case Django JET allows you to load these options dynamically through AJAX.


In order to achieve this functionality all you have to do is:

  • Specify which model fields should be searchable by AJAX queries. Add this static method which must return a tuple or list of fields you want to be searchable with AJAX:
def autocomplete_search_fields():
    return 'field1', 'field2'

# for single field

def autocomplete_search_fields():
    return 'field1',

Example from Django JET demo site:

class Address(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(_('name'), max_length=255)
    city = models.ForeignKey(City, verbose_name=_('city'), related_name='addresses')
    zip = models.IntegerField(_('zip/postal code'))

    class Meta:
        verbose_name = _('address')
        verbose_name_plural = _('addresses')
        unique_together = ('name', 'city')

    def __str__(self):

    def autocomplete_search_fields():
        return 'name', 'city__name'
  • Use custom AJAX filter class jet.filters.RelatedFieldAjaxListFilter if you have any foreign key list filters:
from jet.filters import RelatedFieldAjaxListFilter

class PersonAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    list_filter = (
        ('address', RelatedFieldAjaxListFilter),
  • Now all your admin select boxes will perform AJAX queries to load available options while you type.


This work for both ForeignKey and ManyToManyField fields.

Disabling Autocomplete For Form Fields

Autocomplete is nice, but sometimes you don’t want this behaviour (e.x. because you want to limit the provided queryset for a particular widget). In this case you can disable autocompletion this way:

class YourForm(forms.ModelForm):
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(YourForm, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        if SOME_CASE(self.instance):
            self.fields['FIELD_NAME'].autocomplete = False
            self.fields['FIELD_NAME'].queryset = Model.queryset.some_filter()