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One of the most useful parts of django.contrib.admin is the ability to configure various views that touch and alter data. django-admin2 is a complete rewrite of that library using modern Class-Based Views and enjoying a design focused on extendibility and adaptability. By starting over, we can avoid the legacy code and make it easier to write extensions and themes.

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  • Rewrite of the Django Admin backend

  • Drop-in themes

  • Built-in RESTful API



Use pip to install from PyPI:

pip install django-admin2

Add djadmin2 and rest_framework to your settings file:

    'rest_framework', # for the browsable API templates

Add setting for apps and the default theme in your settings file:

# In
INSTALLED_APPS += ('djadmin2.themes.djadmin2theme_bootstrap3',)
    'DEFAULT_PAGINATION_CLASS': 'rest_framework.pagination.PageNumberPagination',
    'PAGE_SIZE': 10
ADMIN2_THEME_DIRECTORY = "djadmin2theme_bootstrap3"

Add djadmin2 urls to your URLconf:

from django.conf.urls import include

from import djadmin2_site


urlpatterns = [
  url(r'^admin2/', include(djadmin2_site.urls)),

How to write django-admin2 modules

# myapp/
# Import your custom models
from django.contrib.auth.forms import UserCreationForm, UserChangeForm
from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from import djadmin2_site
from djadmin2.types import ModelAdmin2

from .models import Post, Comment

class UserAdmin2(ModelAdmin2):
    # Replicates the traditional admin for django.contrib.auth.models.User
    create_form_class = UserCreationForm
    update_form_class = UserChangeForm

#  Register each model with the admin
djadmin2_site.register(User, UserAdmin2)

Migrating from 0.6.x

  • The default theme has been updated to bootstrap3, be sure to replace your reference to the new one.

  • Django rest framework also include multiple pagination system, the only one supported now is the PageNumberPagination.

Therefore, your settings need to include this:

# In
INSTALLED_APPS += ('djadmin2.themes.djadmin2theme_bootstrap3',)
ADMIN2_THEME_DIRECTORY = "djadmin2theme_bootstrap3"

    'DEFAULT_PAGINATION_CLASS': 'rest_framework.pagination.PageNumberPagination',
    'PAGE_SIZE': 10

The default admin2 site has move into make sure your use the news djadmin2_site in your

from django.conf.urls import include

from import djadmin2_site


urlpatterns = [
  url(r'^admin2/', include(djadmin2_site.urls)),

Migrating from 0.5.x

Themes are now defined explicitly, including the default theme. Therefore, your settings need to include this:

# In
INSTALLED_APPS += ('djadmin2.themes.djadmin2theme_default',)
ADMIN2_THEME_DIRECTORY = "djadmin2theme_default"

Drop-In Themes

The default theme is whatever bootstrap is most current. Specifically:

# In
INSTALLED_APPS += ('djadmin2.themes.djadmin2theme_bootstrap3',)
ADMIN2_THEME_DIRECTORY = "djadmin2theme_bootstrap3"

If you create a new theme, you define it thus:

# In
# Mythical theme! This does not exit... YET!
INSTALLED_APPS += ('djadmin2theme_foundation',)
ADMIN2_THEME_DIRECTORY = "djadmin2theme_foundation"

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the django-admin2 project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms, and mailing lists is expected to follow the Jazzband Code of Conduct.

Follows Best Practices

This project follows best practices as espoused in Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.8.


0.7.0 (2016-11-16)

  • Fix Django 1.8 issues and add 1.9, 1.10 compatibility

  • Update django-rest-framework to 3.3.x

  • Remove django-crispy-forms and django-floppyforms

  • Regenerate example project to make it django 1.9 compatible

  • Update tox and travis and add flake8

  • Rename AdminModel2Mixin to Admin2ModelMixin

  • Add migrations

  • remove south migrations

  • Replace IPAddressField with GenericIPAddressField

  • Fix password link in user admin

  • Fix user logout on password change

  • Fix tests

  • Drop support of django versions lower then 1.8

  • Drop older url.patterns

0.6.1 (2014-02-26)

  • Fix empty form display

  • Added more explicit installation instructions

  • Added migration instructions

  • Added view descriptions for “registry” and “app_verbose_names”

  • Show a nice message and margin if there are no visible fields

  • Updated widget controls for Django 1.6 changes.

  • Better error messages for admin views that fail to instantiate

  • Added png glyphicons to MANIFEST

0.6.0 (2013-09-12)

  • Implemented LogHistory to track recent history

  • New system for adding new views to ModelAdmin2 object

  • Fixed missing enctype=”multipart/form-data” functionality

  • Implemented “app verbose name”

  • Apps can have customized names

  • List Actions can be set so they don’t require selecting a model

  • Implemented ModelAdmin2.ordering

  • To maintain API consistency, renamed views.AdminView’s “url” argument to “regex”

  • Implemented ModelAdmin2.date_hierarchy

  • Changed theming system to make default theme follow the same rules as third-party themes.

  • Inlines now separated into stacked and tabular formats

  • Code coverage now displaying in README

  • User list page now showing all default columns and filters

  • Vast documentation improvements

  • Converted to django.utils.encoding.force_str instead unicode in order to type edge cases

  • fix

0.5.1 (2013-07-14)

  • No longer pinning dependencies on specific versions

  • Documentation on built-in views shows context variables.

  • Added django-filter to dependency list

  • Problem with related_name resolved

  • Fixed the height of the change_form

  • Example app actually shows added content

  • Pull requests going forward are internationalized

  • FAQ begun

0.5.0 (2013-07-08)

  • Implemented customizable value renderers

  • Implemented list filters using django-filters. Greatly supersedes what Django provides.

  • Implemented ModelAdmin2.save_on_top and ModelAdmin2.save_on_bottom

  • Implemented BooleanField icons for List and Detail views

  • Implemented default django.contrib.auth and django.contrib.sites registrations

  • Implemented the displayed of verbose field/method names in list view

  • Implemented client-side ordering of model list fields in default theme

  • Implemented improved internal naming conventions

  • Improved example project home page

  • Improved internal test coverage

  • Documentation for Context Variables in Themes

  • Corrected early nomenclature decisions

  • Much improved Internationalization

  • Added django-admin2 to Transifex

  • Translations for French, Polish, Slovak, Chinese, German, Catalan, Italian, and Spanish.

0.4.0 (2013-06-30)

  • Implemented both Function- and Class-based Action views

  • Implemented ModelAdmin2.list_display

  • Implemented ModelAdmin2.fieldsets

  • Dropdown widget now displays the selected choice

  • Added support for callables in ModelAdmin2.list_display

  • Added screenshots to README

  • Added second example project

  • Fixed breadcrumbs

  • Default theme: Proper closing of template and media blocks

  • Default theme: Standardized indentation in default theme templates

  • Default theme: Pointed to CDN for JQuery

  • Default theme: Added basic style for login form

  • Default theme: Internationalized all text strings

0.3.0 (2013-05-31)

  • HTML5 forms via floppyforms.

  • Many API improvements.

  • Added Breadcrumbs.

  • Added Login, Logout, ChangePassword views.

  • Added Actions.

  • Added support for inlines.

  • Added view based permission controls

  • Implement delete confirmations for child models.

  • Testrunner now can run on a specific test set or module.

  • Internal code refactoring to follow standards.

  • Moved to git-flow for accepting pull requests.

  • Model create/update pages now have save options.

  • Added i18n to all templates, much of internal code.

  • All print statements replaced with proper logging.

  • Design goals specified in the documentation.

0.2.0 (2013-05-19)

  • Birth! (Working Prototype)

  • Easy-to-extend API that follows similar patterns to django.contrib.admin.

  • Built-in RESTFUL API powered by django-rest-framework.

  • Default theme built on Twitter Bootstrap.

  • Easy to implement theme system.

  • Basic permission controls.

  • Testrunner

  • Documentation

0.1.1 (2013-05-17)

  • Code adoption from django-mongonaut.

  • Preperation for Django Circus sprints.

0.1 (2013-05-13)

  • Discussion with Russell Keith-Magee.

  • Inception.

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