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Editable settings via polymorphic models with a dict-like interface and template tags.

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Overview

Provides persistant settings that can be edited in the Django admin. Settings can be any data type via polymorphic models. You can add support for new or custom types of settings.

Includes template tags and a dict-like interface to access settings, with an option to automatically create non-existent settings on first access with a default value.

How to Use in Templates

Load the tag library:

{% load model_settings_tags %}

Get a settings object that will fetch and cache all setting values on first access:

{% get_settings as settings %}

{# Fetch and cache all the settings, then render `some_setting`. #}
{{ settings.some_setting }}

{# Only hits the database if `other_setting` isn't already in the cache. #}
{{ settings.other_setting }}

Settings can be used to store snippets of content or configuration:

{% if settings.some_boolean_configuration %}
    ... {{ settings.some_text_content }} ...
{% endif %}

Get a settings object that will automatically create non-existent settings with an empty string as the default value:

{% get_settings "" as settings %}

{# Create `new_setting`, if it doesn't already exist. #}
{{ settings.new_setting }}

If you only need to get one setting, or want to use a different default value for a particular setting:

{% get_setting "some_content" %}

{# Get or create a boolean setting that is enabled by default. #}
{% get_setting "some_feature" True as some_feature %}
{% if some_feature %}...{% endif %}

You can also use the included model_settings.context_processor.settings context processor to add SETTINGS to all RequestContext objects. This will be a SettingDict object that automatically creates non-existent settings on first access with an empty string as the default value.

How to use in Views

Get a dict-like object for all settings:

from model_settings.models import Setting
settings = Setting.objects.as_dict()

Get a settings object that only populates the cache for a subset of settings:

settings = Setting.objects.filter(name__startswith='foo').as_dict()

Get a settings object that will automatically create non-existent settings with an empty string as the default value:

settings = Setting.object.as_dict(default='')

Creating Settings

You can create settings of a particular type by using the SettingValueModel subclasses:

Boolean.objects.create(name='foo', value=True)
Integer.objects.create(name='bar', value=123)

You can automatically create a setting of the correct type by using the Setting model directly:

Setting.objects.create(name='foo', value=True)
Setting.objects.create(name='bar', value=123)

Each SettingValueModel subclass has a value_type attribute and an is_compatible() method, which are used to determine whether or not the subclass can store a particular value.

Custom Setting Types

Support for common types of settings is built-in, e.g. boolean, date, datetime, decimal, file, float, integer, text, and time. You can add support for custom types by subclassing Setting and SettingValueModel:

class Foo(Setting, SettingValueModel):
    value = FooField()
    value_type = FooType

If you need more than a simple type check against value_type to determine whether or not a value is comatible, you can override the is_compatible() method.

This method takes a value and should return True if the value is compatible, or False if it is not. You can use this to create sub-types that are rendered differently or utilise a different widget on the admin form. For example, single line and multi-line text:

class SingleLineText(Setting, SettingValueModel):
    value = models.CharField(max_length=255)

    def is_compatible(self, value):
        if isinstance(value, unicode) and '\n' not in value:
            return True
        return False

class MultiLineText(Setting, SettingValueModel):
    value = models.TextField()

    def is_compatible(self, value):
        if isintance(value, unicode) and '\n' in value:
            return True
        return False

The value_type attribute and is_compatible() method are only by Setting.objects.create(), when it tries to determine which subclass to use.

To Do

  • Customise label, help text, etc. for settings in the admin edit form.
  • Add plugins for Rich Text and Raw code (HTML, CSS, JS) settings.
  • Add tests.
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