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Application which enables following features for users. Can be used for contact books or whatnot

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django-follow enables your users to follow any model in your Django



pip install django-follow


- Add ``follow`` to your ``INSTALLED_APPS``
- Include ``follow.urls`` into your URLs if you plan on using the


urlpatterns = patterns('',
url('^', include('follow.urls')),

- Register the models you want to be able to follow in your
```` files:


from django.db import models
from follow import utils

class MyModel(models.Model):
field = models.CharField(max_length = 255)



The repository includes a sample project and application that is
configured to test ``django-follow``.

Clone the repository and cd into the project folder:


cd test_project/
python test follow



- ``FollowManager.create(user, obj, **kwargs)``:
Makes ``user`` follow ``obj``

- ``FollowManager.get_or_create(user, obj, **kwargs)``:
Returns a tuple ``(Follow, bool)``

- ``FollowManager.is_following(user, obj)``:
Returns ``bool``

- ``FollowManager.get_follows(model_or_object)``:
Returns all the ``Follow`` objects associated with a certain model
or object.


- ``follow.utils.register(model, field_name, related_name, lookup_method_name)``:
Registers ``model`` to django-follow.

- ``follow.utils.follow(user, object)``:
Makes ``user`` follow ``object``

- ``follow.utils.unfollow(user, object)``:
Makes ``user`` unfollow ``object``

- ``follow.utils.follow_url(user, object)``:
Returns the right follow/unfollow URL for ``user`` and ``object``

- ``follow.utils.follow_link(object)``:
Returns the following URL for ``object``

- ``follow.utils.unfollow_link(object)``:
Returns the unfollowing URL for ``object``

Template Tags

django-follow ships a template tag that creates urls and one filter to
check if a user follows an object:


{% load follow_tags %}
{% follow_url object %}
{% request.user|is_following:object %}

- ``{% follow_url object %}``:
Returns the URL to either follow or unfollow the object, depending
on whether ``request.user`` is already following the object.

- ``{% follow_url object other_user %}``:
Same as above - but instead of resolving for ``request.user`` it
resolves for any user you pass in.

- ``{% request.user|is_following:object %}``:
Returns ``True``/``False`` if the user follows / does not follow the


django-follow provides two signals:

- ``follow.signals.followed(sender, user, target, instance)``
- ``follow.signals.unfollowed(sender, user, target, instance)``

To invoke a handler every time a ``User`` or ``Group`` object is
followed, do something along these lines:


from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from follow import signals

def user_follow_handler(user, target, instance, **kwargs):
send_mail("You were followed", "You have been followed", "no-reply@localhost", [])

def group_follow_handler(user, target, instance, **kwargs):
send_mail("Group followed", "%s has followed your group" % user, "no-reply@localhost", [[ for u in target.user_set.all()]])

signals.followed.connect(user_follow_handler, sender = User, dispatch_uid = 'follow.user')
signals.followed.connect(group_follow_handler, sender = Group, dispatch_uid = '')

This works vica versa with the unfollowed handler too.

Release Notes


- The follow and unfollow views now only accept POST requests


- Made the manager *a lot* lighter.
- Removed ``Model.followers`` method
- Added ``Model.get_follows`` method returning all the ``Follow``
- Moved ``Follow.follower`` to ``Follow.user``
- Replaced ``Follow.get_object`` method with read/writable
```` property
- ``follow.util`` moved to ``follow.utils``
- No more M2M following


`@flashingpumpkin <>`_

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