Generating Actions

Generating actions can be done using Django signals. A special action signal is provided for creating the actions.

from django.db.models.signals import post_save
from actstream import action
from myapp.models import MyModel

# MyModel has been registered with actstream.registry.register

def my_handler(sender, instance, created, **kwargs):
    action.send(instance, verb='was saved')

post_save.connect(my_handler, sender=MyModel)

There are several ways to generate actions in your code. You can do it through custom forms or by overriding predefined model methods, such as More on this last option can be found here: <>.

The logic is to simply import the action signal and send it with your actor, verb, target, and any other important arguments.

from actstream import action
from myapp.models import Group, Comment

# User, Group & Comment have been registered with
# actstream.registry.register

action.send(request.user, verb='reached level 10')


group = Group.objects.get(name='MyGroup')
action.send(request.user, verb='joined', target=group)


comment = Comment.create(text=comment_text)
action.send(request.user, verb='created comment', action_object=comment, target=group)

Actions are stored in a single table in the database using Django’s ContentType framework and GenericForeignKeys to create associations with different models in your project.

Actions are generated in a manner independent of how you wish to query them so they can be queried later to generate different streams based on all possible associations.