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Django admin CKEditor integration.

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Django CKEditor

Django admin CKEditor integration.

Provides a RichTextField and CKEditorWidget utilizing CKEditor with image upload and browsing support included.



  1. Install or add django-ckeditor to your python path.

  2. Add ckeditor to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

  3. Run the collectstatic management command: $ / collectstatic. This’ll copy static CKEditor require media resources into the directory given by the STATIC_ROOT setting. See Django’s documentation on managing static files for more info.

  4. Add a CKEDITOR_UPLOAD_PATH setting to the project’s file. This setting specifies an absolute filesystem path to your CKEditor media upload directory. Make sure you have write permissions for the path, i.e.:

    CKEDITOR_UPLOAD_PATH = "/home/media/"
  5. Add CKEditor URL include to your project’s file:

    (r'^ckeditor/', include('ckeditor.urls')),


  1. Set the CKEDITOR_RESTRICT_BY_USER setting to True in the project’s file (default False). This restricts access to uploaded images to the uploading user (e.g. each user only sees and uploads their own images). Superusers can still see all images. NOTE: This restriction is only enforced within the CKEditor media browser.

  2. Add a CKEDITOR_UPLOAD_PREFIX setting to the project’s file. This setting specifies a URL prefix to media uploaded through CKEditor, i.e.:


    (If CKEDITOR_UPLOAD_PREFIX is not provided, the media URL will fall back to MEDIA_URL with the difference of MEDIA_ROOT and the uploaded resource’s full path and filename appended.)

  3. Add a CKEDITOR_CONFIGS setting to the project’s file. This specifies sets of CKEditor settings that are passed to CKEditor (see CKEditor’s Setting Configurations), i.e.:

        'awesome_ckeditor': {
            'toolbar': 'Basic',

    The name of the settings can be referenced when instantiating a RichTextField:

    content = RichTextField(config_name='awesome_ckeditor')

    The name of the settings can be referenced when instantiating a CKEditorWidget:

    widget = CKEditorWidget(config_name='awesome_ckeditor')

    By specifying a set named default you’ll be applying its settings to all RichTextField and CKEditorWidget objects for which config_name has not been explicitly defined

        'default': {
            'toolbar': 'Full',
            'height': 300,
            'width': 300,



The quickest way to add rich text editing capabilities to your models is to use the included RichTextField model field type. A CKEditor widget is rendered as the form field but in all other regards the field behaves as the standard Django TextField. For example:

from django.db import models
from ckeditor.fields import RichTextField

class Post(models.Model):
    content = RichTextField()


Alernatively you can use the included CKEditorWidget as the widget for a formfield. For example:

from django import forms
from django.contrib import admin
from ckeditor.widgets import CKEditorWidget

from post.models import Post

class PostAdminForm(forms.ModelForm):
    content = forms.CharField(widget=CKEditorWidget())
    class Meta:
        model = Post

class PostAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    form = PostAdminForm, PostAdmin)

Managment Commands

Included is a management command to create thumbnails for images already contained in CKEDITOR_UPLOAD_PATH. This is useful to create thumbnails when starting to use django-ckeditor with existing images. Issue the command as follows:

$ ./ generateckeditorthumbnails

NOTE: If you’re using custom views remember to include ckeditor.js in your form’s media either through {{ }} or through a <script> tag. Admin will do this for you automatically. See Django’s Form Media docs for more info.


Created By

  1. shaunsephton


  1. 3point2

  2. buchuki

  3. chr15m

  4. hedleyroos

  5. jeffh

  6. loop0

  7. mwcz

  8. tomwys

  9. And others


  1. Remove unwanted static files from distribution.

  2. Use Pillow instead of PIL since it builds on all systems.


  1. Include CKEditor version 3.6.2.

  2. Initial work on Django aligned theme.

  3. Fix schema slash removal issue on media url generation. Thanks mwcz

  4. Added compatibility for South. Thanks 3point2

  5. Prevented settings from leaking between widget instances. Thanks 3point2

  6. Fixed config_name conflict when verbose_name is used as first positional argument for a field. Thanks 3point2

  7. Refactored views to allow use of file walking with local paths. Thanks 3point2

  8. Added command to generate thumbnails. Thanks 3point2

  9. Migrated from using media to static file management.


  1. Added ability to configure CKeditor through a CKEDITOR_CONFIGS settings. Thanks jeffh for the input.


  1. Removed buggy url include check.


  1. Egg package corrected to exclude testing and


  1. Enforce correct configuration.

  2. Changed upload behavior to separate files into directories by upload date. Thanks loop0 .

  3. Added ability to limit user access to uploaded content (see the CKEDITOR_RESTRICT_BY_USER setting). Thanks chr15m for the input.

  4. Added initial set of much needed tests.

  5. General cleanup, light refactor.


  1. csrf_exempt backwards compatability. Thanks chr15m .


  1. Include resources, sorry about that.


  1. More robust PIL import. Thanks buchuki .

  2. Better CKEDITOR_MEDIA_PREFIX setting error.


  1. Included README.rst in manifest.


  1. Added CKEDITOR_UPLOAD_PREFIX setting. Thanks chr15m for the input.

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