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Tracks the time of users' last actions.

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Tracks the time of each user’s last action

Using middleware, django-online-users will keep track of each user and the timestamp of their last action in the database.

Admins can see this data in the admin portal, and the database can be queried using timedeltas.

This is meant for smaller applications as each HTTP request will result in a database entry update.


  • Python: 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

  • Django: 1.10+


  1. Add “online_users” to your INSTALLED_APPS

  1. Add the OnlineNowMiddleware to your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES after the SessionMiddleware

  1. Run python migrate to create the tables in the database.


from datetime import timedelta
user_activity_objects = OnlineUserActivity.get_user_activities()
number_of_active_users = user_activity_objects.count()
  • A timedelta can also be specified to the get_user_activities() with to find activity

from datetime import timedelta
user_activity_objects = OnlineUserActivity.get_user_activities(timedelta(minutes=60)
users = (user for user in user_activity_objects)


OnlineUserActivity holds two values: user, the user in question, and last_activity, a timestamp stored as a DateTimeField.

OnlineUserActivity.get_user_activities() will return OnlineUserActivity objects for the last 15 minutes by default. Developers can also pass in a time delta of a different length of time for the query. The response is a QuerySet containing the active users during that time period, and the items are sorted in descending chronological order.

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