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Select2 option fields for Django

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This is a [Django]( integration of [Select2](

The app includes Select2 driven Django Widgets and Form Fields.


  1. Install django_select2

    pip install django_select2

  2. Add django_select2 to your INSTALLED_APPS in your project settings.

  3. When deploying on production server, run :-

    python collectstatic


Documentation available at

More details

More details can be found on my blog at -

External Dependencies

  • Django - This is obvious.
  • jQuery - This is not included in the package since it is expected that in most scenarios this would already be available.
  • Memcached (python-memcached) - If you plan on running multiple python processes, then you need to turn on ENABLE_SELECT2_MULTI_PROCESS_SUPPORT. In that mode it is highly recommended that you use Memcached, to minimize DB hits.

Example Application

Please see testapp application. This application is used to manually test the functionalities of this package. This also serves as a good example.

You need only Django 1.4 or above to run that. It might run on older versions but that is not tested.

Special Thanks

  • Samuel Goldszmidt (@ouhouhsami) for reporting many fundamental issues with the code, because of which versions 2.0 and 2.0.1 were released.

Changelog Summary

### v3.3.0

### v3.2.0

  • Fixed issue[#20]( Infact while fixing that I realised that heavy components do not need the help of cookies, infact due to a logic error in previous code the cookies were not being used anyway. Now Django Select2 does not use cookies etc.
  • Few more bugs fixed in heav_data.js.
  • Now production code will use minimized versions of js and css files.
  • Codes added in to automate the task of minimizing js and css files, using a web service.

### v3.1.5

  • Merged pull request (issue[#17]( Which allows the user to pass some extra data to Select2 clients-side component.
  • Updated License. The previous one was inadequently worded. Now this project use Apache 2.0 license.

### v3.1.4

  • Manually merged changes from pull request (issue[#16](
  • Django Select2 widgets now allow passing of any Select2 Js options. Previously it used to allow only white-listed options. Now it will block only black-listed options. For example, Light Select2 widgets won’t allow you to set multiple option, since it is an error to set them when Select2 Js is bound to <select> fields.

### v3.1.3

### v3.1.2

### v3.1.1

  • Bumping up minor version since Select2 JS has been updated to version 3.2. It seems Select2 JS now includes new higher resolution icons for [Retina displays](
  • Fixed an issue in because of which templatetags directory was not included in last PIP releases’ tar file.

### v3.0.2

  • Added AUTO_RENDER_SELECT2_STATICS settings. This, when specified and set to False in then Django_Select2 widgets won’t automatically include the required scripts and stylesheets. When this setting is True (default) then every Select2 field on the page will output <script> and <link> tags to include the required JS and CSS files. This is convinient but will output the same JS and CSS files multiple times if there are more than one Select2 fields on the page.
  • Added django_select2_tags template tags to manually include the required JS and CSS files, when AUTO_RENDER_SELECT2_STATICS is turned off.

### v3.0.1

  • Revised the design of heavy fields. The previous design didn’t quite make it easy to back heavy fields by big data sources. See fields.HeavyChoiceField class and its methods’ docs for more info.
  • Updated docs.
  • Some more fixes for issue[#4](
  • Updated Select2 JS to version 3.1.

### v3.0

  • Added docs.
  • Some bug fixes. See issue[#4](
  • widgets.Select2Mixin.__init__ now accepts select2_options kwarg to override its options settings. Previously attrs were being used for this too. This means backward compatibility has been broken here. attrs will no longer override options values. The major release version has been changed to 3, because of this backward incompatible change.

### v2.0.1

  • Auto id registration fixes.

### v2.0

  • Mostly major bug fixes in code and design. The changes were many, raising the possibility of backward incompatibility. However, the backward incompatibility would be subtle.
  • Auto fields (sub-classes of AutoViewFieldMixin) now accepts auto_id parameter. This can be used to provide custom id for the field. The default is ‘module.field_class_name’. Ideally only the first instance of an auto field is registered. This parameter can be used to force registration of additional instances by passing a unique value.


Copyright 2012 Nirupam Biswas

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