Custom Actions

New in version 3.4.0.

In analogy to Django’s admin actions, you can define your FileBrowser actions and thus automate the typical tasks of your users. Registered custom actions are listed in the detail view of a file and a user can select a single action at a time. The selected action will then be applied to the file.

The default FileBrowser image actions, such as “Flip Vertical” or “Rotate 90° Clockwise” are in fact implemented as custom actions (in the module filebrowser.actions).

Writing Your Own Actions

Custom actions are simple functions of the form:

def foo(request, fileobjects):
    # Do something with the fileobjects

the first parameter is an HttpRequest object (representing the submitted form in which a user selected the action) and the second parameter is a list of FileObjects to which the action should be applied.

In the current FileBrowser version, the list contains exactly one instance of FileObject (representing the file from the detail view), but this may change in the future, as custom actions may become available also in browse views (similar to admin actions applied to a list of checked objects).

Registering an Action

In order to make your action visible, you need to register it at a FileBrowser site (see also FileBrowser Sites):


Once registered, the action will appear in the detail view of a file. You can also give your action a short description:

foo.short_description = 'Do foo with the File'

This short description will then appear in the list of available actions. If you do not provide any short description for your action, the function name will be used instead and FileBrowser will replace any underscores in the function name with spaces.

Associating Actions with Specific Files

Each custom action can be associated with a specific file type (e.g., images, audio file, etc) to which it applies. In order to do that, you need to define a predicate/filter function, which takes a single argument – a FileObject – and returns True if your action is applicable to that FileObject. Finally, you need to register this filter function with your action:

foo.applies_to(lambda fileobject: fileobject.filetype == 'Image')

In the above example, foo will appear in the action list only for image files. If you do not specify any filter function for your action, FileBrowser considers the action as applicable to all files.

Messages & Intermediate Pages

You can provide a feedback to a user about or successful or failed execution of an action by registering a message at the request object. For example:

from django.contrib import messages

def desaturate_image(request, fileobjects):
    for f in fileobjects:
        # Desaturate the image
        messages.add_message(request, messages.SUCCESS, _("Image '%s' was desaturated.") % f.filename)

Some actions may require user confirmation (e.g., in order to prevent accidental and irreversible modification to files). In order to that, follow the same pattern as with Django’s admin action and return an HttpResponse object from your action. Good practice for intermediate pages is to implement a confirm view and have your action return an HttpResponseRedirect object redirecting a user to that view:

def crop_image(request, fileobjects):
    files = '&f='.join([f.path_relative for f in fileobjects])
    return HttpResponseRedirect('/confirm/?action=crop_image&f=%s' % files)
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