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Django-PJAX: The Django helper for jQuery-PJAX.

Project description

An improvement of [Django-PJAX]: The Django helper for jQuery-PJAX.

What’s PJAX?

PJAX is essentially [AHAH] (“Asynchronous HTML and HTTP”), except with real permalinks and a working back button. It lets you load just a portion of a page (so things are faster) while still maintaining the usability of real links.

A demo makes more sense, so [check out the one defunkt put together].


This project is an extension of [Django-PJAX] and all credits from the original version goes to [Jacob Kaplan-Moss].


This project keeps the original structure, but add new features to it, and aims to keep django-pjax updated. Some goals are to keep this project working with Python 2.7+ and 3.3+ and also Django 1.5+.

Feel free to submit a PR and contribute to this project.


  • Python 2.6+ or 3.2+
  • PyPy or PyPy3
  • CPython
  • Django 1.3+

Not all Django versions works with Python, PyPy or CPython. See the Django docs to know more about supported versions.


Just run:

pip install django-pjax


First, read about [how to use jQuery-PJAX][defunkt’s jquery-pjax] and pick one of the techniques there.

Next, make sure the views you’re PJAXing are using [TemplateResponse]. You can’t use Django-PJAX with a normal HttpResponse, only TemplateResponse.

PJAX decorator

The pjax decorator:

pjax(pjax_template=None, additional_templates=None, follow_redirects=False)

pjax_template (str): default template.

additional_templates (dict): additional templates for multiple containers.

follow_redirects (bool): if True, all django redirects will force a page reload, instead of placing the content in the pjax context.

Decorate these views with the pjax decorator:

from djpjax import pjax

def my_view(request):
    return TemplateResponse(request, "template.html", {'my': 'context'})

After doing this, if the request is made via jQuery-PJAX, the @pjax() decorator will automatically swap out template.html for template-pjax.html.

More formally: if the request is a PJAX request, the template used in your TemplateResponse will be replaced with one with -pjax before the file extension. So template.html becomes template-pjax.html, my.template.xml becomes my.template-pjax.xml, etc. If there’s no file extension, the template name will just be suffixed with -pjax.

You can also manually pick a PJAX template by passing it as an argument to the decorator:

from djpjax import pjax

def my_view(request):
    return TemplateResponse(request, "template.html", {'my': 'context'})

You can also pick a PJAX template for a PJAX container and use multiple decorators to define the template for multiple cont

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