Skip to main content

A high-level code browser for Django projects.

Project description

This Django app allows you to browse the urlpatterns for your project, see the source code of each view, and open that code in your favorite editor [*].

Planned features include the ability to browse and search for apps, models, templates, tags, filters, and celery tasks.

Possibly planned features are for Alto to become a Light Table plugin.

Alto is PRE-ALPHA software. It probably won’t work with your project. There is no support. Unless you’re ready to work on it, you should hold off for a few releases.


  • Python 2.7
  • Django 1.4

Other versions may work, but have not been tested.


pip install alto


  1. Add 'alto' to your INSTALLED_APPS
  2. Make sure TEMPLATE_LOADERS includes ‘django.template.loaders.app_directories.Loader’.
  3. Make sure STATICFILES_FINDERS includes ‘django.contrib.staticfiles.finders.AppDirectoriesFinder’.
  4. Add url(r'^_alto/', include('alto.urls')) to your urlaptterns
  5. Visit

Optional: Add ALTO_URL_SCHEME = 'txmt' to your settings for TextMate support. The default is 'mvim'.


alto will expose your source code through the browser, so make sure to secure its views. One way to handle this is to only add its urlpatterns if DEBUG=True.


Alto is inspired by Bret Victor’s talk, “Inventing on Principle” and by Light Table.

[*]As long as your favorite editor is MacVim or TextMate. In theory, any editor that can be made to open a file from a custom url scheme will work.

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Filename, size & hash SHA256 hash help File type Python version Upload date
alto-0.2.tar.gz (495.1 kB) Copy SHA256 hash SHA256 Source None

Supported by

Elastic Elastic Search Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Google Google BigQuery Sentry Sentry Error logging AWS AWS Cloud computing DataDog DataDog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN SignalFx SignalFx Supporter DigiCert DigiCert EV certificate StatusPage StatusPage Status page