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

Project description

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


pip install django-follow


  • Add follow to your INSTALLED_APPS

  • Include follow.urls into your URLs if you plan on using the views:

    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



  • Follow.objects.create(user, obj, **kwargs): Makes user follow obj

  • Follow.objects.get_or_create(user, obj, **kwargs): Returns a tuple (Follow, bool)

  • Follow.objects.is_following(user, obj): Returns bool

  • Follow.objects.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, a filter to check if a user follows an object and a template tag to render the follow form.

{% load follow_tags %}
{% follow_url object %}
{% request.user|is_following:object %}
{% follow_form object %}
{% follow_form object "your/custom/template.html" %}
  • {% 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 object.

  • {% follow_form object %}: Renders a form to follow a given object.

  • `{% follow_form object “your/custom/template.html” %}: Renders the form with a custom template.


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 objects

  • 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


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