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A collection of tools for the django administration interface

Project description


django-admin-tools is a collection of extensions/tools for the default django administration interface, it includes:

  • a full featured and customizable dashboard,
  • a customizable menu bar,
  • tools to make admin theming easier.

The project code and bugtracker is hosted on Bitbucket.

Django-admin-tools is generously documented, you can browse the documentation online. a good start is to read the quickstart guide.

Thanks for downloading django-admin-tools.

django-admin-tools changelog

Version 0.4.1, 15 November 2011:

  • Static files and django 1.3 support
  • Fixed modules instanciation issues (fixes #65)
  • Nested groups support & better html id generation (fixes issue #70)
  • Fixed various js and css problems
  • Added translation for Finnish + updates on other languages
  • More robust dashboard layout
  • Added force_show_title property to Group module

Version 0.4.0, 13 December 2010:

Important information if you are upgrading from a previous version

This release of django-admin-tools introduces support for south database migrations, if you are not using south you can skip this step.

Existing django-admin-tools should do the following:

python migrate --fake admin_tools.dashboard
python migrate --fake

New users should do:

python migrate admin_tools.dashboard
python migrate

Major changes

  • big improvements of the API (see the dashboard and menu documentation for details), the old API is still supported but now deprecated;
  • added a ModelList menu item;
  • custom and multiple admin sites basic support;
  • better integration with django-grappelli;
  • django south support.

Bugfixes and minor changes

  • Fixed issue #40 (python 2.5 compatibility);
  • Fixed issue #49: disable rendering of empty group modules;
  • Fixed issue #51: more robust test runner;
  • Fixed issues #57 and #58: updated custom dashboard and menu template files to reflect the current code;
  • Fixed issue #60: explicitely set color for links in module content;
  • Some fixes for the future django 1.3;
  • Fixes issue #61: Create empty preferences instance if user has no preferences saved yet.
  • Fixed issue #62: updated base template to reflect django 1.2 changes;
  • Fixed various js namespace pollutions;
  • Improved docs;
  • CZ locale support.

For more informations please see:

Version 0.3.0, 16 July 2010:

Major changes

  • added tests infrastructure, code coverage is around 70%;
  • import paths and class names are changed. Old class names and paths are deprecated but still work;
  • dashboard.modules.AppList, dashboard.modules.ModelList and menu.items.AppList now have ability to display any models from different apps (using glob syntax) via models and exclude parameters. The order is now preserved. See #15;
  • implemented dashboard module groups : you can now group modules in tabs, accordion or in a stacked layout.

Bugfixes and minor changes

  • moved the menu and dashboard template dirs in a “admin_tools” directory to avoid name conflicts with other apps, for example: django-cms (see:;
  • fixed bookmark bugs. The saved url was urlencoded, so we need to decode it before we save it. Added a clean_url method to the BookmarkForm. Fixes #25;
  • build urlpatterns conditionally regarding the content of INSTALLED_APPS;
  • better display of selected menu items;
  • avoid a useless ajax GET request for retrieving dashboard preferences;
  • upgraded jquery and jquery ui and renamed the files to more generic names;
  • don’t show bookmark form if NoReverseError. This was breaking the django.contrib.auth unit tests;
  • fixed url lookup for remove bookmark form;
  • fixed issue #26 (menu bar showing for non-staff users) and also updated templates to match the django 1.2 templates;
  • fixed issue #29 : Django 1.2 admin base template change;
  • changed the way js files are loaded, hopefully now they are loaded syncronously (fixes issue #32);
  • fixed issue #33: empty applist menu items should not be displayed;
  • fixed issue #34: can’t drag modules into an empty column;
  • fixed issue #35 (wrong docstring for menu).

New class names and paths


  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.Dashboard => admin_tools.dashboard.Dashboard
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.DefaultIndexDashboard => admin_tools.dashboard.DefaultIndexDashboard
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.DefaultAppIndexDashboard => admin_tools.dashboard.DefaultAppIndexDashboard
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.AppIndexDashboard => admin_tools.dashboard.AppIndexDashboard
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.DashboardModule => admin_tools.dashboard.modules.DashboardModule
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.AppListDashboardModule => admin_tools.dashboard.modules.AppList
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.ModelListDashboardModule => admin_tools.dashboard.modules.ModelList
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.LinkListDashboardModule => admin_tools.dashboard.modules.LinkList
  • admin_tools.dashboard.models.FeedDashboardModule => admin_tools.dashboard.modules.Feed

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Version 0.2.0, 15 March 2010:

  • bookmarks are now being saved in the database (fixes issue #20, thanks @alexrobbins);
  • dashboard preferences are also saved in the database;
  • added support for django-staticfiles STATIC_URL settings (fixes issue #21, thanks @dstufft);
  • fixed issue #23: render_theming_css tag does not work on windows;
  • added polish, italian, greek and brazilian locales;
  • updated docs.

Backwards incompatible changes in 0.2.0

Now, django-admin-tools stores menu and dashboard preferences in the database, so you’ll need to run syncdb and to add the django-admin-tools urls to your urlconf. These steps are described in details in the documentation. You’ll also need to add admin_tools to your INSTALLED_APPS for the locales to work (this was not documented in previous versions).

Version 0.1.2, 13 February 2010:

  • fixed documentation issues;
  • added locales;
  • fixed issue #9: don’t fail when feedparser is not installed;
  • fixed issue #5: implemented dashboard layout persistence in cookies;
  • enable all modules by default in the default dashboard;
  • fixed recent actions log entry urls when displayed in app_index;
  • added a “bookmarks” menu item and the code to manage bookmarks;
  • fixed jquery issues with django 1.2.

Version 0.1.1, 10 February 2010:

  • fixed issue #2: template tag libraries have generic names;
  • changed the way dashboards are selected, don’t rely on request variables but pass an extra argument to the template tag instead (fixes issue #3);
  • fixed (fixes issue #1);
  • better file.

Version 0.1.0, 10 February 2010:

  • Initial release

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