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CMS for pythonistas who like to code instead of using a web UI for every task.

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Cyclope 3


Cyclope 3 is a django based CMS for pythonistas who don’t mind coding a bit and dislike overly-complex user interfaces. It is based on the concept of categorized collections of heterogeneous content types with associated front-end views that can be laid out in the website’s page regions. The goal of this project is to create a CMS that is friendly to the end user and versatile for the developer. It won’t solve every complex problem at UI level but will let you “expose” the solution.


2010-2012 by Código Sur Sociedad Civil



GPL v3

Target audience

Cyclope is developed with three different audiences in mind:

  1. Developers:

    We created Cyclope thinking of those developers that actually like to code in their language of choice: Python. They don’t really look for a product that will let them accomplish even the most complex stuff from a web-based UI.

    We just aim at providing developers with the tools necessary to easily expose their content types and views for site managers to work with in the admin interface.

    Custom created content types and views can easily be packed in modules for drop-in re-utilization.

  2. Site managers:

    They will use the Django admin interface to set up the website global settings, theme, layouts, menus, and categories.

  3. Content editors:

    Will have access to a customized Django admin interface to create categories and content for the different content types and collections available in the website.


To install in a virtualenv just pip install cyclope3.

For detailed instructions please visit

Demo project

You can test Cyclope by running:

cyclopedemo myproject
cd myproject
python runserver

The admin interface will be accessible at http://localhost:8000/admin and the fronted at: http://localhost:8000

Default username is: admin and the password: password.

Contact and Support

If you need to contact the development team you can reach us by e-mail on our mailing list.


  • Nicolás Echániz / nicoechaniz

  • Santiago Hoerth / sanhoerth

  • Leandro Monk / Leíto

  • Santiago Piccinini / SAn

  • Alicia Viana / malicia

  • Diego Mascialino / dmascialino

  • Juan Pablo Suarez / minombresbond / derechoaleer

  • Mariano Falcon / mf

  • Santiago García / santiagogg

Changelog for Cyclope 3 (17-2-2016)

  • Deprecate PIL in favour of Pillow. PIL is no longer in PyPi index and is unmaintained.

  • Added to Search feature ability to search by dates range.

  • Many bug fixes…

0.4 (24-9-2013)

  • Theme customization. Change fonts, colors and header image from the admin interface.

  • Ordered Categorizations. Content on a category can be manualy sorted in the admin. Added batch categorization.

  • Created Social application. Users of the site now generates activities that another users can follow.

  • Improved Layout admin page.

  • Added Portuguese translation (thanks to Emanuela Castro and Maria Betania Teixeira)

  • Improved password reset templates.

  • Refactored inter-registration of apps to a new post_init app.

  • Improved style of sitemap and comments views

  • Big refactoring on tests:

    • Refactored ViewableTestCase to use FrontendView.__call__ instead of doing get(url)

    • Created a TestSuiteRunner to run all cyclope apps tests by default

    • Moved tests from main tests module to app.tests

  • As always, a lot of fixes and small improvements.

0.3.1 (10-9-2013)

Mostly bugfix release:

  • Refactored inter-registration of apps to a post_init app

  • Resolved installation issues

0.3 (24-01-2013)

  • Improved related contents display: added embedded audio and video player and download links. Contribution of Santiago García.

  • Enabled “Frontend Edit” on superusers and “managers”

  • Reworked Media Player based on MediaElements.js. It now use HTML5 with a Flash fallback. File support is mp3 and ogg for audio, and ogv, mp4, webm and flv for video. Contribution of Santiago García.

  • Added Network Sharing (using AddThis) capabillities.

  • Speed up cyclopeproject and cyclopedemo faking migrations

  • Fixed migrations on MySQL

0.2.1 (04-01-2013)

  • Added missing locale files to the package

  • Fixed reply of threaded comments

  • Fixed description of medialibrary teasers not rendering markup

0.2 (27-12-2012)

  • Added Rating application

  • Improved user profiles

  • Added user field to BaseContent

  • Added cyclopedemo command that creates a new project and loads the demo fixtures.

  • Replace dependency of FeinCMS by django-mptt-tree-editor.

  • Upgraded to django 1.4 (#160).

  • Improved comments (#62, #66, #77, #161). Addded threaded comments, comments moderation and email notifications.

  • Added frontend content edition. Users with permissions on a category now can add or edit content from the frontend.

  • Added Forms plugin. Now it’s posible to create forms from the admin interface.

  • Adopt Less CSS Less CSS.

  • Added Author detail views. This view renders the teasers of it’s authored content.

  • Added Abuse roport plugin.

  • Improved backend filters interface (#141). Collection filters are permanent.

  • New Slide Show view type.

  • Added an image field to Sound Track.

  • Improved pagination (added links to first and last page).

  • Added view options to collection’s category default views.

  • Added external syndication/feeds (rss, atom). Now it’s posible to show external feeds on the site.

  • Categories now can be moved from one collection to another.

  • Added dynamic sitemap.xml.

  • Added 14 new themes.

  • Fixed #155 pagination on search not working

  • Fixed #164: bug on related content that not validated an empty other_object_id

  • Fixed #61: Write a region frontend view to list “last comments”

  • Fixed #155: Pagination on search is not working

  • Fixed #149: javascript on menu views need fixing.

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