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simple bootstrap4 support for django

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Bootstrap 4 integration for django using widget templates that were introduced in Django 1.11.


This library is meant to be a drop-in replacement for django-bootstrap4. See below for a list of differences. I really like that library, but it is hard to customize some things because everything is done in python functions. By using widget templates, I hope this library is more flexible.


Install with pip:

pip install django-bs4

After that you have to add it to INSTALLED_APPS. You also need to make sure that the correct FORM_RENDERER is selected and django.forms is in INSTALLED_APPS (after django-bs4). This is required so that widget templates can be overwritten:


FORM_RENDERER = 'django.forms.renderers.TemplatesSetting'


The following template tags are included in the bootstrap4 library:

  • bootstrap_field {boundfield} - Render a single field.
  • bootstrap_form {form} - Render errors and all fields for a form. The <form> element itself is not included.
  • bootstrap_messages - Render messages from django.contrib.messages.
  • bootstrap_pagination {page} - Render pagination. A <nav> element is not included.

Please refer to the source code for additional parameters.

Differences to django-bootstrap4

  • Uses widget templates instead of custom renderers. IMHO this makes the code much easier to read and customize. A big downside is that I had to monkey-patch BoundField.as_widget() to include some information that would otherwise not be available in the widget templates.
  • Concentrates on forms fields and does therefore not include some others features.
  • Uses small.text-danger instead of .invalid-feedback as it does not depend on DOM location. (see also twbs/bootstrap#29439)
  • Does not use .is-valid because I find it confusing with server-side rendering.
  • Does not include dismiss-buttons for alerts to avoid depending on JavaScript.
  • Does not include field errors at the top of forms as they are already displayed on the fields themselves.
  • Improved ARIA support.
  • You will have to load bootstrap yourself.
  • No configuration.

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