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Django Tips #10 AuthenticationForm Custom Login Policy

Django Tips #10 AuthenticationForm Custom Login Policy

Since I started working with Django, I never had to spend time implementing authentication related stuff. The built-in authentication system is great and it’s very easy to plug-in and get started. Now, even if need to customize, Django makes it easy. That’s what this tip is about.

For the built-in login view, Django makes use of django.contrib.auth.forms.AuthenticationForm form to handle the authentication process. Basically it checks username, password and the is_active flag.

Django makes it easy to add custom verifications, as the AuthenticationForm has a method named confirm_login_allowed(user).

For example, if you are handling double opt-in email confirmation and don’t wanna let users without the email confirmed to log in to the application you can do something like that:

from django import forms
from django.contrib.auth.forms import AuthenticationForm

class CustomAuthenticationForm(AuthenticationForm):
    def confirm_login_allowed(self, user):
        if not user.is_active or not user.is_validated:
            raise forms.ValidationError('There was a problem with your login.', code='invalid_login')

from django.conf.urls import url
from django.contrib.auth import views as auth_views

from .forms import CustomAuthenticationForm

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^login/$', auth_views.login, {'template_name': 'core/login.html',
        'authentication_form': CustomAuthenticationForm}, name='login'),
    url(r'^logout/$', auth_views.logout, name='logout'),

Basically it is just a matter of overriding the confirm_login_allowed method and substituting the authentication_form parameter with the new form in the urlconf. You can add any login policy, and to invalidate the authentication simply raise a ValidationError.