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Module to make it easy to configure external Django apps.

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django-easyconfig nlshield

This app will make it easy to customize external Django apps that use it.

It takes an approach very similar to the old django.contrib.comments (now django-comments) framework. It makes it easy to use custom forms, values, etc.

Quick example…

Say you have an open source Django app that lets you upload a Photo and some metadata to that photo. To be able to customize that form, the project owners would have to hack the app’s source to fit their needs (class names, etc.) or you have to make your app customizable. That’s where django-easyconfig comes in…


Basic Install:

$ python build $ sudo python install

Alternative Install (Manually):

Place webutils directory in your Python path. Either in your Python installs site-packages directory or set your $PYTHONPATH environment variable to include a directory where the webutils directory lives.


  • XXX * These are not great docs. I’ll work on updating this soon!

You must create a “Config” object in your app and use that to fetch any object or value you want to be able to have customized.

Here is a basic example.

### yourapp/

from easyconfig import EasyConfig
from django.contrib.auth.forms import AuthenticationForm
from yourapp.forms import PasswordChangeForm

class Config(object):
    ''' Base config class to easily pass forms, etc. to
        yourapp views.
    # Use the dotted Python path to this class
    config = EasyConfig('yourapp.config.Config', 'YOURAPP_CONFIG')

    def get_login_form(self):
        return self.config.get_object('get_login_form', AuthenticationForm)

    def get_password_change_form(self):
        return self.config.get_object('get_password_change_form', PasswordChangeForm)

Now, you just need to use your yourapp.Config class any time you need to fetch one of these objects for use.

Here’s how it could be used in a file


from django.conf.urls import url
from yourapp import views
from yourapp.config import Config

config = Config()

urlpatterns = [
        views.login, {
            'template_name': 'yourapp/login.html',
            'authentication_form': config.get_login_form(),
        }, name='yourapp-login'),
        views.passwd_change, {
            'template_name': 'yourapp/passwd_change.html',
            'passwd_change_form': config.get_password_change_form(),
        }, name='yourapp-passwd-change'),

Now, anybody using your app in their own project can easily change the login and password change forms to whatever form they want. Here is how they would do so in their own project.


# Dotted python path to their own CustomConfig class
YOURAPP_CONFIG = 'myproject.myapp.config.CustomConfig'

### myproject/myapp/

from myproject.myapp.forms import AuthForm, ChangeForm

class CustomConfig(object):
    ''' Customize the forms!
    def get_login_form(self):
        return AuthForm

    def get_password_change_form(self):
        return ChangeForm

That’s it. Easy right? :)

Commercial Support

This software, and lots of other software like it, has been built in support of many of Netlandish’s own projects, and the projects of our clients. We would love to help you on your next project so get in touch by dropping us a note at

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