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For- and backwards compatibility layer for Django 1.4, 1.7 and 1.8

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For- and backwards compatibility layer for Django 1.4, 1.7 and 1.8

~~Consider [django-compat]( as an experiment based on the discussion [on reddit]( Let's see where it goes.~~

What startet as an experiment based on [this discussion on reddit]( has proven to be true in real life. django-compat is [currently being discussed]( on the django-developer mailing list.

django-compat is under active development. To learn about other features, bug fixes, and changes, please refer to the [changelog](

# Who uses django-compat

Two popular examples of open source reusable app that uses django-compat are [django-hijack]( and [django-background-tasks](
Want to have yours listed here? Send us a PR.

# Why use django-compat

* Be able to use the LTS versions of Django and support newer versions in your app
* Use features from newer Django versions in an old one
* Manage and master the gap between different framework versions

# How to use django-compat

Install compat from the [PyPI]( or download and install manually. All relevant releases are listed [here under releases](

Using one of the compatible objects is easy. For example

from compat import patterns, url

urlpatterns = patterns('ABC.views',
url(r'^abc/$', 'abc', name='abc-link'),

See a full example [here](

# Compatible objects

* add_to_builtins
* atomic or commit_on_success (commit_on_success replaced by atomic in Django >=1.8)
* BytesIO
* clean_manytomany_helptext
* conditional_escape
* EmailValidator
* force_text
* format_html
* GenericForeignKey
* get_ident
* get_model_name
* get_user_model
* get_username_field
* handler404
* handler500
* HttpResponseBase
* import_module
* import_string
* include
* JsonResponse
* parse_qs
* patterns
* python_2_unicode_compatible
* simplejson
* slugify
* smart_text
* SortedDict
* StringIO
* unquote_plus
* url
* urlencode
* urlparse
* urlunparse
* URLValidator
* user_model_label
* VariableNode
* View
* resolve_url

# Manual adjustments

## ``url`` template tag

The ``url`` template tag works different in Django 1.4, see the [release notes]( for more info.

### Old, Django 1.4

{% url url_name %}
{% url url_name argument1 argument2 %}

### New, Django 1.4 + using forwards compatibility.

{% load url from future %}
{% url 'url_name' %}
{% url 'url_name' argument1 argument2 %}

The following ``sed`` command can be used to update your templates. Note that the ``{% load url from future %}`` is missing and must be added manually.

sed -i -r "s#\{% url ([a-zA-Z0-9_.:-]+)#\{% url '\1'#g" template.html

The inplace editing works great on Linux. If your are working on a Mac and you get the following error

"\1 not defined in the RE"

try the following command:

TMP_FILE=`mktemp /tmp/sed.XXXXXXXXXX`
sed -E "s#\{% url ([a-zA-Z0-9_.:-]+)#\{% url '\1'#g" template.html > $TMP_FILE
mv $TMP_FILE template.html

Source: [stackoverflow, Migrate url tags to Django 1.5](

# Resources and references

## Resources


Bits and bites of the following projects were re-used to build [django-compat](

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# Changelog

### 2015/07/15

* ``add_to_builtins`` was added

### 2015/07/08
* ``get_query_set``/``get_queryset`` support was dropped again (see [#29](
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