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An extension that allows re-usable apps to provide sets of templates and staticfiles for different boilerplates.

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The concept

Aldryn Boilerplates aims to solve a familiar Django problem. Sometimes re-usable applications need to provide their own templates and staticfiles, but in order to be useful, these need to commit themselves to particular frontend expectations - thereby obliging the adopter to override these files in order to adapt the application to other frontends, or create a new fork of the project aimed at a different frontend setup.

It’s especially difficult to provide a rich and complete frontend for a re-usable application, because there’s a conflict between creating a useful frontend and creating an agnostic one.

The solution is to build in provision for different, switchable, frontend expectations into the re-usable application, and this is what Aldryn Boilerplates does.

On the Aldryn platform, a Boilerplate is a complete set of frontend expectations, assumptions, opinions, conventions, frameworks, templates, static files and more - a standard way of working for frontend development.

Many developers do in fact work with their own preferred standard sets of frontend tools and code for all their projects; in effect, with their own Boilerplates, even if they don’t use that name. Aldryn Boilerplates is intended to make it easier to provide support for multiple Boilerplates in res-usable applications, and to switch between them.

If users of a particular frontend framework or system would like to use it with a certain re-usable application, they now no longer need to rip out and replace the existing one, or override it at the project level every single time. Instead with Aldryn Boilerplates they can simply add the frontend files to the application, alongside the ones for existing supported Boilerplates.

A simple setting in the project tells applications that support Aldryn Boilerplates which one to use.

Using Aldryn Boilerplates

Aldryn Boilerplates doesn’t change the way regular files in templates and static are discovered - a re-usable application that supports Aldryn Boilerplates can also work perfectly well in a project that doesn’t have it installed.

However, to support Aldryn Boilerplates, your application should place Boilerplate-specific frontend files in boilerplates/my-boilerplate-name/templates/ and boilerplates/my-boilerplate-name/static/.

For example, to add support for the Standard Aldryn Boilerplate (aldryn-boilerplate-bootstrap3) to your application, place the files in boilerplates/bootstrap3/templates/ and boilerplates/bootstrap3/static/.


pip install aldryn-boilerplates


Django 1.8+

In general configuration stays the same but you should respect changes that were introduced by django 1.8. In particular in Django 1.8 context processors were moved from django.core to django.template.

Be sure to include aldryn_boilerplates to INSTALLED_APPS, adjust STATICFILES_FINDERS and finally configure TEMPLATES.

For TEMPLATES you need to add aldryn_boilerplates.context_processors.boilerplate to context_processors and alter loaders in the same way as we do it for Django versions prior to 1.8.

Note that in the example below we are altering the default values, so if you are using something that is custom - don’t forget to add that too.

Here is an example of a simple configuration:



        'BACKEND': 'django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates',
        'OPTIONS': {
            'context_processors': [
            'loaders': [

Adding aldryn-boilerplate support to existing packages

The recommended approach is to add a dependency to aldryn-boilerplates and to move existing static and template files to a boilerplate folder (completely remove static and templates). If you’re in the process of re-factoring your existing templates with something new, put them into the legacy boilerplate folder and set ALDRYN_BOILERPLATE_NAME='legacy' on projects that are still using the old templates. The new and shiny project can then use ALDRYN_BOILERPLATE_NAME='bootstrap3' to use the new Aldryn Bootstrap Boilerplate (aldryn-boilerplate-bootstrap3). Or any other boilerplate for that matter.

Removing static and templates has the benefit of removing likely deprecated templates from the very prominent location, that will confuse newcomers. It also prevents having not-relevant templates and static files messing up your setup.

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