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django-friendship provides an easy extensible interface for following and friendship

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This application enables you to create and manage follows and bi-d This application enables you to create and manage follows and bi-directional friendships between users. It features:

  • Friendship request objects that can be accepted, rejected, canceled, or marked as viewed.
  • Hooks to easily list all friend requests sent or received by a given user, filtered by the status of the request.
  • Tags to include information about friendships and follows in your templates.
  • Integration with AUTH_USER_MODEL.
  • Validation to prevent common mistakes.
  • Faster server response time through caching


Django 1.4 since v0.9.0 (latest release supporting Django 1.3 is v0.8.3)


  1. pip install django-friendship

  2. add "friendship" to INSTALLED_APPS and run python migrate.

  3. Use the friendship manager in your own views, or wire up the URLconf to include the builtin views:

    urlpatterns = [
        url(r'^friendship/', include('friendship.urls'))


django-friendship provides a free API that gives you several ways to create and manage friendship requests or follows in your views. Add the following at the top of your

from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from friendship.models import Friend, Follow

Getting Data about Friendships

  • List all of a user’s friends: Friend.objects.friends(request.user)
  • List all unread friendship requests: Friend.objects.unread_requests(user=request.user)
  • List all unrejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.unrejected_requests(user=request.user)
  • Count of all unrejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.unrejected_request_count(user=request.user)
  • List all rejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.rejected_requests(user=request.user)
  • Count of all rejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.rejected_request_count(user=request.user)
  • List of all sent friendship requests: Friend.objects.sent_requests(user=request.user)
  • Test if two users are friends: Friend.objects.are_friends(request.user, other_user) == True

Getting Data about Follows

  • List of a user’s followers: Follow.objects.followers(request.user)
  • List of who a user is following: Follow.objects.following(request.user)

Managing Friendships and Follows

  • Create a friendship request:

    other_user = User.objects.get(pk=1)
        request.user,                               # The sender
        other_user,                                 # The recipient
        message='Hi! I would like to add you')      # This message is optional
  • Let the user who received the request respond:

    from friendship.models import FriendshipRequest
    friend_request = FriendshipRequest.objects.get(pk=1)
    # or friend_request.reject()
  • To remove the friendship relationship between request.user and other_user, do the following:

    Friend.objects.remove_friend(request.user, other_user)
  • Make request.user a follower of other_user:

    Follow.objects.add_follower(request.user, other_user)


You can use django-friendship tags in your templates. First enter:

{% load friendshiptags %}

Then use any of the following:

{% friends request.user %}
{% followers request.user %}
{% following request.user %}
{% friend_requests request.user %}


django-friendship emits the following signals:

  • friendship_request_created
  • friendship_request_rejected
  • friendship_request_canceled
  • friendship_request_accepted
  • friendship_removed
  • follower_created
  • following_created
  • follower_removed
  • following_removed


Development takes place on GitHub. Bug reports, patches, and fixes are always welcome!

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