Redirect back to previous page after logged in (Django)


February 2019


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I have created login page forced login in several pages. Now i need to redirect back to previous page after successful login.

When i force login by @login_required(login_url='/login/'). It includes next parameter in query string.

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I tried to catch it with redirect_to = request.REQUEST.get('next', '') and send it to redirect return HttpResponseRedirect(redirect_to) but didn't work.

def login(request):
    def errorHandle(error):
        form = LoginForm()
        return render_to_response('login/login.html', {
            'error' : error,
            'form' : form,
    if request.method == 'POST': # If the form has been submitted...
        form = LoginForm(request.POST) # A form bound to the POST data
        if form.is_valid(): # All validation rules pass
            username = request.POST['username']
            password = request.POST['password']
            redirect_to = request.REQUEST.get('next', '')
            user = authenticate(username=username, password=password)
            if user is not None:
                if user.is_active:
                    # Redirect to a success page.
                    auth_login(request, user)
                    return HttpResponseRedirect(redirect_to)
#                    return render_to_response('login/logged_in.html', {
#                        'username': username,
#                        })
                    # Return a 'disabled account' error message
                    error = u'Account Disabled'
                    return errorHandle(error)
            # Return an 'invalid login' error message.
                error = u'Invalid Login'
                return errorHandle(error)
            error = u'Form is Invalid'
            return errorHandle(error)
        form = LoginForm() # An unbound form
        return render_to_response('login/login.html', {
            'form': form,


<div id="login_form">
<form action="." method="post">
    {{ form.as_p }}
    <input type="submit" value="Login">

EDIT - I found the issue. It was problem with my template. This form below works fine.

    <form action="" method="post">
        <label for="username">User name:</label>
        <input type="text" name="username" value="" id="username">
        <label for="password">Password:</label>
        <input type="password" name="password" value="" id="password">

        <input type="submit" value="Login" id="button"/>
        <input type="hidden" name="next" value="{{ next|escape }}" />

1 answers


You could just add this to the form:

<input type="hidden" value="{% if %}{{ }}{% else %}{% if request.META.HTTP_REFERER %}{{ request.META.HTTP_REFERER }}{% else %}/{% endif %}{% endif %}" name="next" />

Here are the cases it addresses:

  1. If the user comes from a login_required view: next is set by login_required
  2. If the user comes from the login form (ie. authentication did not pass): next=the previously set next value
  3. If the user comes from a non login_required view: next=the referer url
  4. If the user directly opened the login page: next=/

Note that this works with external login views too, which you should use.

As a goodie, here is part of my logout template, that redirects the user to the page he was before logging out.

{% block body %}
    <p>{% trans "You've been logged out." %}</p>
    {% if '/account/logout/' not in request.META.HTTP_REFERER %}
        {% trans 'You will be redirected in a second' %}
    {% endif %}
{% endblock %}

{% block extra_body %}
    {% if '/account/logout/' not in request.META.HTTP_REFERER %}
        <script type="text/javascript">
        document.location.href = '{{ request.META.HTTP_REFERER }}';
    {% endif %}
{% endblock %}

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