I cannot for the life of me get the HTML form to transfer the user's search into my search function within views.py. I've tried this a number of different ways and I either just get no movement (as I have now), or the site simply doesn't load. At the moment I've just put in a HttpResponse as I was trying to troubleshoot where my code is falling down. The HttpResponse isn't being called so it's clearly before here. Please help!


def search(request):
    if request.method == "GET":
        return HttpResponse("You have gotten here.")


    urlpatterns = [
        path("", views.index, name="index"),
        path("<str:title>", views.title, name="title"),
        path("search", views.search, name="search")



        <div class="row">
            <div class="sidebar col-lg-2 col-md-3">
                <form a href= "{% url 'search' %}" class="search" method="GET">
                    <input class="search" type="text" name="q" id='q' placeholder="Search Encyclopedia">
  • is this <form a href= "{% url 'search' %}" class="search" method="GET"> valid HTML? Perhaps check it with Nu Html Checker – DinoCoderSaurus Jul 24 '20 at 16:08

There seems to be a clash between the url paths defined as both are taking in similar patterns as arguments:-

path("str:title", views.title, name="title"), path("search", views.search, name="search")

search here is being redirected to views.title with the title="search"

Hope this is helpful.


This took me a pretty long time to figure out, and it wasn't explicitly mentioned in the class, but I think you have to use request.GET.get('q') in order to pass the search request argument to your search function in views.py

  • Hello, did you ever find an answer to this question? I am having the same issue. – user14567126 Dec 9 '20 at 22:21

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