Find an object in a child class from an object in the parent class in django


Let's say I have a parent class (ThingsThatMigrate) and two children (Coconut and Swallow). Now let's say I have a ThingsThatMigrate object. How can I determine if it is in fact a Coconut or a Swallow? Once having done so, how can I get to the Coconut or Swallow object?

Django doesn't offer such model polymorphism out of the box.The easiest way to do what you are trying to achieve is to store the content type of a new object in it. There's a simple generic app called django-polymorphic-models which offers you this functionality - and - additionally a downcast-method that will return the child object!