displaying template variables from multiple models linked by foreign key

Hello Django Community,

I am trying to display a list of active products on page along with a primary image that is assigned to each product. Each product can have more than 1 image/photo but I only want the one designated as primary to show up on the index page along with the product description. All the product information is correctly displayed but I cannot get the data associated with the second model (ProductImage) ie image caption and image field to show up in the template. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again.



class Product(models.Model):

    name = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    wood_species = models.ForeignKey(WoodSpecies, on_delete=models.PROTECT)
    product_type = models.ForeignKey(ProductType, on_delete=models.PROTECT)
    width = models.DecimalField(max_digits=4, decimal_places=2)
    length = models.DecimalField(max_digits=4, decimal_places=2)
    height = models.DecimalField(max_digits=4, decimal_places=2)
    price = models.DecimalField(max_digits=6, decimal_places=2)
    units = models.CharField(max_length=2)
    description = models.TextField()
    release_date = models.DateField(auto_now_add=True)
    inventory = models.IntegerField(default=0, blank=True)
    active = models.BooleanField(default=True)

    def __str__(self):
        return self.name

class ProductImage(models.Model):

    product = models.ForeignKey(Product, on_delete=models.CASCADE)
    caption = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    image = models.ImageField(upload_to='product_images/')
    primary = models.BooleanField(default=False)

    def __str__(self):
        return self.caption


 products = Product.objects.filter(active=1, inventory__gte=1, productimage__primary=True)


        {% for item in products %}

            <a href="{% url 'main:product-detail' id=item.id %}">

            <div class="prod_card">

                    <img src="../media/{{item.productimage.image}}" alt="{{item.productimage.caption}}">

                    <p>{{item.name|title}} ${{item.price}}</p>
                    <p>Inventory: {{item.inventory}}</p>


        {% endfor %}

The issue here is that the expression in your template (item.productimage), where item is an instance of Product, does not yield one instance. It’s a reverse foreign key relationship, which means that you’re going to get the full set of images from the relationship.

What you want to do is create a function in your model to return the specific instance of ProductImage that you want displayed, and then reference that within the template. (Side note: You could also annotate the desired values using a subquery.)

Additionally, this is incorrect:

<img src="../media/{{item.productimage.image}}" ...

You want to use the url attribute of the image field to generate the correct url for the image file. (e.g., <img src="{{item.myproductimage.image.url}}" ...)

Thank you Ken. Your help is appreciated as always. - Marc