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A Django admin theme with a horizontal, tabbed navigation bar

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Django Admin Menu Theme

An alternative theme for the Django admin that has a horizontal navigation bar with drop down menus for your models. Fully themeable from




Install the package:

pip install django-admin-menu

Then add admin_menu to your INSTALLED_APPS setting, before django.contrib.admin (or it wont work). For example:



There are a couple of options you can adjust in your to influence the theme.

To adjust the logo, change:

ADMIN_LOGO = 'logo.png'

The logo is used in the top left of each page and on the login page.

You can adjust the order of the menu items with the MENU_WEIGHT setting:

    'World': 20,
    'Auth': 4,
    'Sample': 5

Items with a higher weight will be pushed to the end of the menu. You don't have to fill in all the menu items, just the ones you would like to adjust the position of.

ModelAdmin Settings

There are a few settings on your ModelAdmin class to adjust the menu:

class MyAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    menu_title = "Users"
    menu_group = "Staff"

will change the title for this model to Users and place it on a drop down titled Staff.

You can use the same menu_group on multiple ModelAdmin classes and they will be grouped on the same menu.


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To adjust the theme, you can add and edit these options in your project's file:

    'primary-color': '#164B36',
    'secondary-color': '#092117',
    'tertiary-color': '#51B48E'

These variables are usually enough to add a brand flavour to the admin. There are other variables you can add, to change text colour etc. These are listed under Custom Theme.

Dark Theme


Add to your

    'primary-color': '#2B3746',
    'secondary-color': '#354151',
    'tertiary-color': '#F2F9FC'

Django Theme


Add to your

    'primary-color': '#164B36',
    'secondary-color': '#092117',
    'tertiary-color': '#51B48E'

Red Theme


Add to your

    'primary-color': '#B42D33',
    'secondary-color': '#000000',
    'tertiary-color': '#333333'

Custom Themes

You can customise the theme however you like, using these available variables:

    'background': 'white',
    'primary-color': '#205280',
    'primary-text': '#d6d5d2',
    'secondary-color': '#3B75AD',
    'secondary-text': 'white',
    'tertiary-color': '#F2F9FC',
    'tertiary-text': 'black',
    'breadcrumb-color': 'whitesmoke',
    'breadcrumb-text': 'black',
    'focus-color': '#eaeaea',
    'focus-text': '#666',
    'primary-button': '#26904A',
    'primary-button-text':' white',
    'secondary-button': '#999',
    'secondary-button-text': 'white',
    'link-color': '#333',
    'link-color-hover': 'lighten($link-color, 20%)',
    'logo-width': 'auto',
    'logo-height': '35px'


[1.0] - 2016-12-05

First release, works.

[1.1] - 2016-12-16

Added theming support.

[1.2] - 2020-04-06

  • Added support for Django 3.0+.
  • Made the ADMIN_LOGO setting optional.
  • Allowed adjusting admin logo size with logo-width and logo-height style settings.

[1.3] - 2020-06-27

  • Reworked the pagination style to look more inline with the table style
  • Fixed an issue where the verbose_name from the AppConfig class wasn't used in the menu

[1.4] - 2020-11-16

  • Fixed a bug where the Dashboard icon would be highlighted even if another tab was active
  • Display the admin title as text if no logo is defined in the settings

[1.5] - 2021-02-14

  • Fixed compatibility with Django 3+ (thanks to arturgsb)

[1.6] - 2022-02-01

  • Fixed compatibility with Django 4
  • Added support for Django's view permission (thanks @cobia)
  • Fixed menu height on mobile (thanks @mojek)




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