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Getting query params from request in Django

To get query parameters from the request in the Django view, you need to access the GET attribute of the request.

def get_request_example(request):
data = dict()
return render(request, 'hw/home.html', data)

To demonstrate this, we will extend our previous example of the hello world app in Django. Source code is available on GitHub. Clone this repository on your system.

Add the below path in app hw's file.

path(r'get-request-example/', views.get_request_example, name='get_request_example'),

Add below function in file.

from django.shortcuts import render

def get_request_example(request):
return render(request, 'hw/home.html', {})

Now restart the Django development server using command python runserver

Open the web browser and go to the URL localhost:8000/get-request-example/. Since we are printing query parameters in view, we will see an empty QueryDict getting printed in the terminal.

Django version 2.2.9, using settings 'helloworld.settings'
Starting development server at
Quit the server with CONTROL-C.
<QueryDict: {}>
[15/Feb/2020 07:36:53] "GET /get-request-example/ HTTP/1.1" 200 219

Now change the URL to /get-request-example?param1=value1. You will see below logs in the terminal.

<QueryDict: {'param1': ['value1']}>
[15/Feb/2020 11:16:45] "GET /get-request-example/?param1=value1 HTTP/1.1" 200 219

Let try to pass multiple params in URL. Change the URL to /get-request-example?param1=value1&param2=value2. You will see below logs in the terminal.

<QueryDict: {'param2': ['value2'], 'param1': ['value1']}>
[15/Feb/2020 11:20:48] "GET /get-request-example/?param1=value1&param2=value2 HTTP/1.1" 200 219

Each key in QueryDict will have a list of values against it. Try changing the URL to /get-request-example?param1=value1&param1=value2. Note that we are passing parameter param1 twice with different values.

<QueryDict: {'param1': ['value1', 'value2']}>
[15/Feb/2020 11:22:08] "GET /get-request-example/?param1=value1&param1=value2 HTTP/1.1" 200 219

As you can see, param1 has a list of two values against it.

Accessing a parameter from QueryDict:

We can get the value of any parameter using the get() method of the python dictionary.


Now hit the above URL again. Let's see what is getting logged in the terminal.

<QueryDict: {'param1': ['value1', 'value2']}>
[15/Feb/2020 11:27:06] "GET /get-request-example/?param1=value1&param1=value2 HTTP/1.1" 200 219

What is this? Why only one value is getting printed? 

So turns out we need to use the getlist() method to get a complete list of values.

<QueryDict: {'param1': ['value1', 'value2']}>
['value1', 'value2']
[15/Feb/2020 11:28:47] "GET /get-request-example/?param1=value1&param1=value2 HTTP/1.1" 200 219


We can access the query params from the request in Django from the GET attribute of the request. To get the first or only value in a parameter simply use the get() method. To get the list of all values in a parameter use getlist() method.

Source code:

The updated source code for this tutorial is present on GitHub

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1 comment on 'Getting Query Params From Request In Django'
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Catalin George Festila Feb. 16, 2020, 12:33 p.m.
very good article... django is a good framework... do you use asyncio wirh django ?

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