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I'm a relative Django beginner and just started doing some testing for my projects. What I want to do is build a functional test with selenium that logs into the Django Admin site.

I first used fixtures and dump data to make the admin account info available for the testing app (which creates a new database). This works fine.

I then wanted to see if I can do the same using a factory-boy to replace the fixtures. Factory boy works by instantiating the necessary object within the file which seems cleaner to me. Somehow I can't get this to work and the Factory_boy documentation is not too helpful...

Here is my

from django.test import LiveServerTestCase

from django.contrib.auth.models import User

from selenium import webdriver

from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys

import factory

class UserFactory(factory.Factory):

    FACTORY_FOR = User

    username = 'jeff'

    password = 'pass'

    is_superuser = True

class AdminTest(LiveServerTestCase):

    def setUp(self):

        self.browser = webdriver.Firefox()

    def tearDown(self):


    def test_if_admin_login_is_possible(self):

        jeff = UserFactory.create()

        # Jeff opens the browser and goes to the admin page

        self.browser = webdriver.Firefox()

        self.browser.get(self.live_server_url + '/admin/')

        # Jeff sees the familiar 'Django Administration' heading

        body = self.browser.find_element_by_tag_name('body')

        self.assertIn('Django administration', body.text)

        # Jeff types in his username and password and hits return

        username_field = self.browser.find_element_by_name('username')


        password_field = self.browser.find_element_by_name('password')



        # Jeff finds himself on the 'Site Administration' page

        body = self.browser.find_element_by_tag_name('body')

        self.assertIn('Site administration', body.text)'Fail...')

This fails to log in as somehow it doesn't create a valid admin account. How can I do that using a factory-boy? Is it possible or do I need to use fixtures for that?

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If you subclass factory.DjangoModelFactory it ought to save the user object for you.

See the note section under PostGenerationMethodCall. Then you only need to do the following:

class UserFactory(factory.DjangoModelFactory):


email = '[email protected]'

username = 'admin'

password = factory.PostGenerationMethodCall('set_password', 'adm1n')

is_superuser = True

is_staff = True

is_active = True

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