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A generic system for interacting with remote APIs that need to create Django socials.

Project description


The Django-Simple-Social library downloads a collection of social network libraries and provides automatic backends, and interfaces for working with them. The goal of this project is to simplify working with third-party apps and authorization tools, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Make sure you also read up on Djagno-Social-User, as it provides the foundational infrastructure for this library:

Keep in mind this library is still under development, so there may be breaking changes. I’ll update the documentation anytime that happens, but feel free to contact me as well.

All functions and classes are documented inline. If you have additional questions, I can be reached on github or at

Getting started

Standard stuff applies to install. Use PIP to install with dependencies:

pip install django-simple-social

Or install from the command line:

python install


There many dependencies for this library, because it requires APIs for working with each social network:

django 1.3 or greater Django-Social-User LinkedIn-API-JSON-Client

Usage Guide

Register any social network backends you want to use in your

‘django_simple_social.backends.LinkedInBackend’, ‘django_simple_social.backends.TwitterBackend’, … ‘django.contrib.auth.backends.ModelBackend’)

Add any required API keys (backend dependent) to, here are some examples:


Run the backend autodiscover in

import django_simple_social; django_simple_social.autodiscover()

Include references to Django-Social-User urls in

urlpatterns = patterns(‘’,
… url(r’^social/’, include(‘django_social_user.urls’, namespace=’django_social_user’)), … (r’^admin/’, include(,)

To begin the oauth process with a social network, expose the following link to an enduser:

<a href=”{% url ‘django_social_user:authorize’ ‘facebook’ %}”>Sign in with Facebook</a> <a href=”{% url ‘django_social_user:authorize’ ‘linkedin’ %}”>Sign in with LinkedIn</a> <a href=”{% url ‘django_social_user:authorize’ ‘twitter’ %}”>Sign in with Twitter</a>


  1. Support facebook
  2. Support google
  3. Support openid
  4. Support twitter
  5. Better error handling
  6. Asynchronous/JS driven authentication, instead of browser redirects
  7. Decouple APIs from this infrastructure and allow API customization

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