Django CBV method flowchart
February 2022

The documentation calls it the method flowchart:

  1. setup()
  2. dispatch()
  3. http_method_not_allowed()
  4. get_template_names()
  5. get_slug_field()
  6. get_queryset()
  7. get_object()
  8. get_context_object_name()
  9. get_context_data()
  10. get()
  11. render_to_response()

A question on SO.

setup(request, args, *kwargs)

  • Performs key view initialization prior to dispatch().
  • If overriding this method, you must call super().

dispatch(request, args, *kwargs)

  • The view part of the view – the method that accepts a request argument plus arguments, and returns an HTTP response.

  • The default implementation will inspect the HTTP method and attempt to delegate to a method that matches the HTTP method; a GET will be delegated to get(), a POST to post(), and so on.

  • By default, a HEAD request will be delegated to get(). If you need to handle HEAD requests in a different way than GET, you can override the head() method. See Supporting other HTTP methods for an example.


Returns the single object that this view will display. If queryset is provided, that queryset will be used as the source of objects; otherwise, get_queryset() will be used. get_object() looks for a pk_url_kwarg argument in the arguments to the view; if this argument is found, this method performs a primary-key based lookup using that value. If this argument is not found, it looks for a slug_url_kwarg argument, and performs a slug lookup using the slug_field.

render_to_response(context, **response_kwargs)¶

  • Returns a self.response_class instance.

  • If any keyword arguments are provided, they will be passed to the constructor of the response class.

  • Calls get_template_names() to obtain the list of template names that will be searched looking for an existent template.


  • The response class to be returned by render_to_response method. Default is TemplateResponse. The template and context of TemplateResponse instances can be altered later (e.g. in template response middleware).

  • If you need custom template loading or custom context object instantiation, create a TemplateResponse subclass and assign it to response_class.