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<Django object > is not JSON serializable

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I have the following code for serializing the queryset;

def render_to_response(self, context, **response_kwargs):

    return HttpResponse(json.simplejson.dumps(list(self.get_queryset())),

And following is my get_querset()

[{'product': <Product: hederello ()>, u'_id': u'9802', u'_source': {u'code': u'23981', u'facilities': [{u'facility': {u'name': {u'fr': u'G\xe9n\xe9ral', u'en': u'General'}, u'value': {u'fr': [u'bar', u'r\xe9ception ouverte 24h/24', u'chambres non-fumeurs', u'chambres familiales',.........]}]

Which I need to serialize. But it says not able to serialize the <Product: hederello ()>. Because list composed of both django objects and dicts. Any ideas ?


simplejson and json don’t work with django objects well.

Django’s built-in serializers can only serialize querysets filled with django objects:

data = serializers.serialize('json', self.get_queryset())
return HttpResponse(data, content_type="application/json")

In your case, self.get_queryset() contains a mix of django objects and dicts inside.

One option is to get rid of model instances in the self.get_queryset() and replace them with dicts using model_to_dict:

from django.forms.models import model_to_dict

data = self.get_queryset()

for item in data:
   item['product'] = model_to_dict(item['product'])

return HttpResponse(json.simplejson.dumps(data), mimetype="application/json")

Hope that helps.


I found that this can be done rather simple using the “.values” method, which also gives named fields:

result_list = list(my_queryset.values('first_named_field', 'second_named_field'))
return HttpResponse(json.dumps(result_list))

“list” must be used to get data as iterable, since the “value queryset” type is only a dict if picked up as an iterable.

Documentation: https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/1.7/ref/models/querysets/#values


The easiest way is to use a JsonResponse.

For a queryset, you should pass a list of the the values for that queryset, like so:

from django.http import JsonResponse

queryset = YourModel.objects.filter(some__filter="some value").values()
return JsonResponse({"models_to_return": list(queryset)})


First I added a to_dict method to my model ;

def to_dict(self):
    return {"name": self.woo, "title": self.foo}

Then I have this;

class DjangoJSONEncoder(JSONEncoder):

    def default(self, obj):
        if isinstance(obj, models.Model):
            return obj.to_dict()
        return JSONEncoder.default(self, obj)

dumps = curry(dumps, cls=DjangoJSONEncoder)

and at last use this class to serialize my queryset.

def render_to_response(self, context, **response_kwargs):
    return HttpResponse(dumps(self.get_queryset()))

This works quite well


From version 1.9
Easier and official way of getting json

from django.http import JsonResponse
from django.forms.models import model_to_dict

return JsonResponse(  model_to_dict(modelinstance) )