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A content and template management application for Django.

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Magneto is a content and template management application built for the Django framework.

A Template represents a web page on your site. Within the template can be used any built-in Template Tags, as well as custom installed ones. Beyond HTML pages, a Template can also represent content types such as CSS, Javascript, JSON, and XML. When using template inheritance, templates can be marked for use strictly by the template loader and not for display as a web page.

Key Features

  • Because templates and web pages are synonymous you can use template tags and filters in your pages.

  • Manage content types like html, css, javascript, xml, json, and text.

  • Database queries can be minimized with the use of a cached template loader that caches pre-rendered templates.

  • Use CodeMirror in the admin for template editing.

  • Know who changed what and when with built-in support for Reversion. Easily go back to older versions of the content.

  • Group related templates with Template Groups. Useful when you have a large number of templates.

  • HTML5 Boilerplate fixtures included to get started quickly.

  • Support for South migrations.

Admin Pages

Sandbox Installation

An example application is provided to make this application easy to download and demo in a sandboxed environment. Use the following commands to run it:

$ hg clone
$ cd django-magneto
$ python
$ bin/buildout
$ cp -r magneto/media/ example/media/magneto
$ bin/django syncdb
$ bin/django migrate
$ bin/django loaddata html5boilerplate.json
$ bin/django runserver

Visit http://localhost:8000/admin/ and update your domain in Site settings to match the server your running on. Now you can view and edit the templates that were loaded in.

Site Installation

Configure your

  1. Make sure django.contrib.sites and django.contrib.admin are installed. Add magneto and reversion to INSTALLED_APPS. Optionally add south for migration support.


        'south', # optional for migrations
  2. Add magneto.loader.CachedTemplateLoader to TEMPLATE_LOADERS.


  3. Copy media files to where they can be found by the admin pages. * See the notes on the MAGNETO_MEDIA_DIRECTORY setting below for more information.

  4. Add a url entry in your site


    urlpatterns = patterns('',
        (r'^admin/', include(,
        (r'^accounts/login/$', 'django.contrib.auth.views.login'),
        # Mount it at a specific url
        (r'^pages/', include('magneto.urls')),
        # Or mount it at your root url
        (r'^', include('magneto.urls')),
  5. Run python syncdb.

  6. Run python runserver to start the Django devserver.

Configurable Settings


The url of the root folder where the magneto media files are. This defaults to a folder called magneto in the directory specified by the MEDIA_URL setting.


Built for Python 2.6, Django 1.2 according to PEP8 and the Django Style Guide. If you’re using previous versions of Python or Django your mileage may vary. Let me know if anything doesn’t work.

Standing on the shoulders of giants

This application is like a combined version of Django DB Templates and the built-in Flatpages application. Thanks to Jannis Leidel for open-sourcing the DB Templates app and for everyone who contributed to Django.

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