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Use emailaddress as username in Django +1.5

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django-libtech-emailuser is a simple reusable Django app to for using emailaddress as usernames within django.contrib.auth in Django 1.5 and later.

There’s a number apps out there for doing authentication with emailaddresses prior to Django 1.5. With the advent of Django 1.5 the Django core team has made it very easy to use any model for authentication simply by setting AUTH_USER_MODEL. Unfortunately it’s not possible to create a EmailUser model by simply subclassing the User class in django.contrib.auth.models instead if you want a model that plays nicely with the rest of django.contrib.auth the simplest way is to copy all the code in django.contrib.auth.models.User and substitute username for emailaddress. You also need to edit some other minor stuff. This Django app does just that. I’m using it in production for a couple of client sites and it works fine.

Quick start

  1. Install django-libtech-emailuser

    pip install django-libtech-emailuser

  2. Add “emailuser” to your INSTALLED_APPS setting in like this:

  3. Set your AUTH_USER_MODEL setting in

    AUTH_USER_MODEL = “emailuser.EmailUser”

  4. Get the emailuser table created in your database

    ./ syncdb

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