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Django template tags for referencing static files

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John Millikin


django-resourcetags is a set of utility functions and tags for Django. It simplfies inclusion of static resources into a page, by providing auto-versioning and transparent compression handling.


Include django_resourcetags in your INSTALLED_APPS setting. Load the tag library with {% load resources %}, and then use the resource, resource_group, or resource_url tags.


Used like {% resource_url "/myapp/somefile.txt" %}. Will calculate the mtime of the resource and include it in the URL, to implement auto-versioned resources. The final URL will be of the form:


When finding the mtime, file paths are relative to MEDIA_ROOT. If the file cannot be found, an mtime of 0 will be used.


Used like {% resource "/myapp/somefile.txt" %}. Autodetects the MIME-type of the resource and wraps the URL in an appropriate HTML tag. Default handlers exist for CSS, JavaScript, PNG, JPEG, and GIF. Additional handlers may be registered in the RESOURCE_HANDLERS setting, with this format:

RESOURCE_HANDLERS = {'text/css': 'myproject.myapp.resource_handlers.css'}


Used like {% resource_group "mygroup" %}. Groups may be defined in the settings file to reduce duplicated typing and facilitate compression (see below). Resource groups are defined in the format:

RESOURCE_GROUPS = {'mygroup': ('file1.css','file2.css')}

In non-compressed mode, each file will be included in a separate tag.


Resources and resource groups may be compressed using the command compressresources. Resource groups will be concatenated together into one file, and run through a compression filter. Single resources may also be run through the compression filter by listing them in the COMPRESS_EXTRA setting.

Compression filters are functions listed in the RESOURCE_COMPRESSION_FILTERS setting, which is a mapping of MIME-type -> [function names]. Compression functions are called in sequence.

Compressed resources are stored in the directory specified by COMPRESSED_MEDIA_ROOT, and served from the URL COMPRESSED_MEDIA_URL.

Compression filters for CSS and JavaScript are included in the django_resourcetags.compression.filters module, under the names filters.javascript and filters.css.

Genshi Integration

For use with django-genshi. Include django_resourcetags.genshi_integration.template_context in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS setting, and you will have access to the functions resource(), resource_group(), and resource_url(). These functions work just like the template tag equivalents.

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