Accessing Model's/Object's Verbose Name in Django Template

Dec 07, 2017 · Updated: Jul 12, 2021 · by Tim Kamanin

Let's say you have a model:

from django.db import models

class Snippet(models.Model):
    class Meta:
        verbose_name = "Snippet"
        verbose_name_plural = "Snippets"

And you want to print model's verbose name in a Django template.

Try to do it as {{ object._meta.verbose_name }} and you will fail - Django template won't allow you to access "private" _meta.

Luckily, we can create template filters that'll solve this problem.

Create a file templatetags/ that contains:

from django import template

register = template.Library()

def verbose_name(obj):
    return obj._meta.verbose_name

def verbose_name_plural(obj):
    return obj._meta.verbose_name_plural

Now, in your template, you can print verbose names as easy as:

{% load my_tags %}
{{ object|verbose_name }}
{{ object|verbose_name_plural }}

Hope this helps.

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