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Wonderful rich text for Django

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Django Prose

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Django Prose provides your Django applications with wonderful rich-text editing.


  • Python 3.6.2 or later
  • Django 2.2 or later
  • Bleach 4.0 or later

Getting started

To get started with Django Prose, first make sure to install it. We use and suggest using Poetry, although Pipenv and pip will work seamlessly as well

poetry add django-prose

Then, add prose in Django's installed apps (example: prose_example/prose_example/

    # Django stock apps (e.g. 'django.contrib.admin')


    # your application's apps

Last, run migrations so you can use Django Prose's Document model:

python migrate prose

Now, you are ready to go 🚀.


There are different ways to use Django prose according to your needs. We will examine all of them here.

Small rich-text information

You might want to add rich-text information in a model that is just a few characters (e.g. 140), like an excerpt from an article. In that case we suggest using the RichTextField. Example:

from django.db import models
from prose.fields import RichTextField

class Article(models.Model):
    excerpt = RichTextField()

Then you can display the article excerpt in your HTML templates by marking it as safe

<div class="article-excerpt">{{ article.excerpt | safe}}</div>

Large rich-text information

In case you want to store large rich-text information, like the content of an article, which can span to quite a few thousand characters, we suggest you use the AbstractDocument model. This will save large rich-text information in a separate database table, which is better for performance. Example:

from django.db import models
from prose.fields import RichTextField
from prose.models import AbstractDocument

class ArticleContent(AbstractDocument):

class Article(models.Model):
    excerpt = RichTextField()
    body = models.OneToOneField(ArticleContent, on_delete=models.CASCADE)

Similarly here you can display the article's body by marking it as safe

<div class="article-body">{{ article.body.content | safe}}</div>


Django Prose can also handle uploading attachments with drag and drop. To set this up, first you need to:

🔒 A note on security

As you can see in the examples above, what Django Prose does is provide you with a user friendly editor (Trix) for your rich text content and then store it as HTML in your database. Since you will mark this HTML as safe in order to use it in your templates, it needs to be sanitised, before it gets stored in the database.

For this reason Django Prose is using Bleach to only allow the following tags and attributes:

  • Allowed tags: p, ul, ol, li, strong, em, div, span, a, blockquote, pre, figure, figcaption, br, code, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, picture, source, img
  • Allowed attributes: alt, class, id, src, srcset, href, media


Django Prose Documents in Django Admin

Django Prose Document in Django Admin

Development for Django Prose

If you plan to contribute code to Django Prose, this section is for you. All development tooling for Django Prose has been set up with Docker. To get started run these commands in the provided order:

docker compose run --rm migrate
docker compose run --rm createsuperuser
docker compose up

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