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An app to explore your data through charts based on Highcharts.js

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An app to explore your data through charts based on Highcharts.js


The full documentation is at


Install django_charts:

pip install acdh-django-charts

Add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:


Add django_charts’s URL patterns:

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^charts/', include('charts.urls', namespace='charts')),

By default the app’s templates extend a base template webpage/base.html. To ovveride this, just define a CHARTS_BASE_TEMPLATE variable on your project’s like e.g:


To link to the application’s ‘chart-selector-view’ you can add something like the snippet below to your e.g. base-template:

<a href="{% url 'charts:chart_selector' %}">Charts</a>


To visualize any property of your model you have to pass in the models name (lowercase), the field-path (using django’s lookup syntax __ to follow foreign key and many2many relations) and the chart type (bar|line|pie) via keyword arguments to the charts.views.DynChartView(). In case those params are valid (i.d. the model and the lookup path acutally exist) the according chart should be drawn. But be aware that this only works if your project’s DEBUG settings are set to True. As recomended alternative you should create ChartConfig objects for each property/model you’d like to explore via django admin-backend.

management commands

The package ships with a management command to

  • create/delete chartconfig objects (Bar, Pie, Linecharts)

python create_charttypes
python delete_charttypes
  • create/delete ChartConfig objects per application

python create_charts <app_name>
python delete_charts <app_name>

Build and publish

python sdist bdist_wheel
twine upload dist/*


  • Visualizes aggregated values of your models as charts (pie/bar/line) using

  • Charts can be configured via admin backend (see Configuration Section)

Running Tests

Does the code actually work?

source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
(myenv) $ pip install tox
(myenv) $ tox


Tools used in rendering this package:


0.5.4 (2019-10-11)

  • values always returned as strings -> BooleanFields are displayed now

0.5.3 (2019-02-12)

  • reworte code to fetch payload data to avoid mysterious duplicated values

0.5.2 (2018-12-18)

  • improved admin interface for ChartConfig

0.5.1 (2018-12-05)

  • added management commands to create ChartType and ChartConfig objects.

0.5.0 (2018-10-25)

  • added app_name param to ChartConfig to avoid ambiguity in case models in different apps do have the same name.

0.4.1 (2018-07-12)

  • minor change in dropdown template tag

0.4.0 (2018-07-10)

  • refactoring of templates by introducing template tags

0.3.0 (2018-06-13)

  • removed work in progress banner

0.3.0 (2018-06-05)

  • In case of DEBUG=False only fieldpaths/models can be explored which are registerd in dedicated ChartConfig objects.

0.2.0 (2018-06-01)

  • Base templates can now be configured in settings-param

0.1.0 (2018-06-01)

  • First release on PyPI.

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