Last modified: Jan 10, 2023 By Alexander Williams

How to Create a Simple Items Search Function in django

In this article, I'll show you how to create a search function to filter the database and return the result in the client side

Django Search Function database

First, we need to create a simple product model and add some data to it.

class Product(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=300)
    price = models.DecimalField(max_digits=6, decimal_places=2)

    def __str__(self):

"makemigrations" and "migrate" our model:

python makemigrations 

python migrate 

now, let's add our model to the administration site.

from django.contrib import admin

from .models import *

# Register your models here.

How to Create a Search Function in django

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let's add some data to our model

How to Create a Search Function in django

Creating our Django search function

first, we'll import our product model then create the search function.
from .models import *


def search_product(request):
    """ search function  """
    if request.method == "POST":
        query_name = request.POST.get('name', None)
        if query_name:
            results = Product.objects.filter(name__contains=query_name)
            return render(request, 'product-search.html', {"results":results})

    return render(request, 'product-search.html')

the important line is:

result = Product.object.filter(name__contains=query_name)

Its means retrieve all product that contains query_name.

Preparing our Django search client-side

Now, we need to create "product-search.html" in our templates folder.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Django Search</title>

<form action="{% url 'search' %}" method="POST">
    {% csrf_token %} 
    <input type="text" name="name">
    <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search">

{% for result in results %}


{% endfor %}


{% url 'search' %} the name that we have set as the name of the path in


How to Create a Search Function in django

Happy Coding!