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Filters & Filter Sets

Filter sets define the mechanisms available for filtering or searching through a set of objects in NetBox. For instance, sites can be filtered by their parent region or group, status, facility ID, and so on. The same filter set is used consistently for a model whether the request is made via the UI, REST API, or GraphQL API. NetBox employs the django-filters2 library to define filter sets.

FilterSet Classes

To support additional functionality standard to NetBox models, such as tag assignment and custom field support, the NetBoxModelFilterSet class is available for use by plugins. This should be used as the base filter set class for plugin models which inherit from NetBoxModel. Within this class, individual filters can be declared as directed by the django-filters documentation. An example is provided below.

import django_filters
from netbox.filtersets import NetBoxModelFilterSet
from .models import MyModel

class MyFilterSet(NetBoxModelFilterSet):
    status = django_filters.MultipleChoiceFilter(
            ('foo', 'Foo'),
            ('bar', 'Bar'),
            ('baz', 'Baz'),

    class Meta:
        model = MyModel
        fields = ('some', 'other', 'fields')

Declaring Filter Sets

To utilize a filter set in a subclass of one of NetBox's generic views (such as ObjectListView or BulkEditView), define the filterset attribute on the view class:

from netbox.views.generic import ObjectListView
from .filtersets import MyModelFilterSet
from .models import MyModel

class MyModelListView(ObjectListView):
    queryset = MyModel.objects.all()
    filterset = MyModelFilterSet

To enable a filter set on a REST API endpoint, set the filterset_class attribute on the API view:

# api/
from myplugin import models, filtersets
from . import serializers

class MyModelViewSet(...):
    queryset = models.MyModel.objects.all()
    serializer_class = serializers.MyModelSerializer
    filterset_class = filtersets.MyModelFilterSet

Filter Classes


The TagFilter class is available for all models which support tag assignment (those which inherit from NetBoxModel or TagsMixin). This filter subclasses django-filter's ModelMultipleChoiceFilter to work with NetBox's TaggedItem class.

from django_filters import FilterSet
from extras.filters import TagFilter

class MyModelFilterSet(FilterSet):
    tag = TagFilter()