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Common things every Django app needs!

Project Description


Django-common consists of the following things:

  • A middleware that makes sure your web-app runs either on or without ‘www’ in the domain.
  • A SessionManagerBase base class, that helps in keeping your session related code object-oriented and clean! See for usage details.
  • An EmailBackend for authenticating users based on their email, apart from username.
  • Some custom db fields that you can use in your models including a UniqueHashField and RandomHashField.
  • Bunch of helpful functions in
  • A render_form_field template tag that makes rendering form fields easy and DRY.
  • A couple of dry response classes: JsonResponse and XMLResponse in the django_common.http that can be used in views that give json/xml responses.


  • Install django_common (ideally in your virtualenv!) using pip or simply getting a copy of the code and putting it in a directory in your codebase.

  • Add django_common to your Django settings INSTALLED_APPS:

        INSTALLED_APPS = [
        # ...
  • Add the following to your with appropriate values:

    • IS_DEV
    • IS_PROD
    • WWW_ROOT
  • Add common_settings to your Django settings TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS:

            # ...
  • Add EmailBackend to the Django settings AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS:

  • Add WWWRedirectMiddleware if required to the list of middlewares:

            # ...

This open-source app is brought to you by Tivix, Inc. ( )

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