Programmatically Modifying a Wagtail StreamField

StreamFields are one of the most powerful features of Wagtail, allowing content creators to use various blocks to assemble content. There may be times a developer wants to modify them programmatically; here's a formula to do so.

by flipperpa on Aug. 30, 2022, 11:38 a.m.

Python Django How-To

Modifying a StreamField programmatically requires a formula of several steps:

  1. First, we load the specific Wagtail page instance we want to modify;
  2. Then, we load a Python structure (a list of dictionaries) representing the StreamField contents;
  3. Next, we modify the structure to add, change, or remove the StreamField elements programmatically;
  4. Finally, we save the changes as a new revision.

Let's assume we have the following Page model made up of a StreamField:

# my_app/
from wagtail.core.blocks import RichTextBlock, TextBlock
from wagtail.core.fields import StreamField
from wagtail.core.models import Page
from wagtail.documents.blocks import DocumentChooserBlock, StreamBlock
from wagtail.embeds.blocks import EmbedBlock

class ContentStreamBlock(StreamBlock):
    heading = TextBlock()
    paragraph = RichTextField(features=['h2', 'h3', 'bold', 'italic', 'link'])
    document = DocumentChooserBlock()
    embed = EmbedBlock()

class MyPage(Page):
    body = StreamField(ContentStreamBlock())

    content_panels = Page.content_panels + [StreamFieldPanel('body')]

Here's an example of how we could loop through the instances of MyPage, programmatically removing any embed we encounter.

from json import dumps

from django.utils import timezone

from wagtail.core.fields import StreamField

from my_app.models import ContentStreamBlock, MyPage

for my_page in MyPage.objects.all():
    # Create a blank list for the revised StreamField
    new_form_struct = []

    # Grab the form as a list of dicts
    form_struct = my_page.specific.body.get_prep_value()

    # Loop through the StreamField elements, drop any embeds
    for index, element in enumerate(form_struct):
        if element["type"] != "embed":

    # Convert the form_dict back to a StreamField and save it as a new revision
    my_page.body = StreamField(ContentStreamBlock()).to_python(dumps(new_form_struct))
    revision = my_page.save_revision(submitted_for_moderation=False)
    my_page.live_revision = revision
    my_page.live_revision_id =
    my_page.last_revision_created_at =
    print(f"Saved new page with page_id {}.")

That's the formula! You can do whatever you like in the part of the code where I've dropped embed elements as an example, just make sure to carefully verify and validate your StreamField structure. It is worth examining your structure in detail so you understand how it is stored as JSON in the database, and how to manipulate it as a Python structure.