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Reusable named inline partials for the Django Template Language.

Watch the talk

I introduced django-template-partials in my DjangoCon Europe 2023 talk in Edinburgh.

For a quick introduction, you can watch the video on YouTube. 🍿

DjangoCon Europe 2023 | Yak-shaving to Where the Puck is Going to Be.


Install with pip:

pip install django-template-partials

Then add to INSTALLED_APPS and you're good go.


See Advanced configuration (below) for more options.

Please see the CHANGELOG if you are upgrading from a previous version.

Basic Usage

Once installed, load the partials tags and define a re-usable partial at the top of your template:

{% load partials %}

{% partialdef test-partial %}
{% endpartialdef %}

Fragment Re-use

With the partial defined, you can reuse it multiple times later:

{% block main %}
{% partial test-partial %}
{% partial test-partial %}
{% endblock main %}

The partial content will be rendered in each time the named partial is used.

Via the template loader

django-template-partials is also integrated with the template loader, so you can pass a template plus a partial name to the loader to have just that part rendered:

# In view handler…
self.template_name = "example.html#test-partial"

The rest of your view logic remains the same.

This means that you can also use the partial with the include tag:

{% include "example.html#test-partial" %}

Outputting inline

You might want to wrap an existing part of your page, and continue rendering the content inside your partial, use the inline argument in that situation:

{% block main %}
{% partialdef inline-partial inline=True %}
{% endpartialdef %}
{% endblock main %}

Controlling the context

A template partial is rendered with the current context.

This means it works in, for example, a loop as expected:

{% for object in object_list %}
    {% partial test-partial %}
{% endfor %}

If you need to adjust the context, use the with tag as normal:

{% with name=value othername=othervalue %}
    {% partial test-partial %}
{% endwith %}

Capturing output

Rendering a partial — say a pagination widget — may be computationally expensive.

It's out-of-scope for django-template-partials to capture the generated HTML to the context, but other options exist, such as the Slipper's library fragment tag, that allows exactly this behaviour.

Adding partials to template builtins.

Maybe you don't want to load the partials tags in every template…

{% load partials %}

The Django Template Language's OPTIONS allow you to add to the builtins that are loaded for every template. You can add the partials tags there:

    "builtins": ["template_partials.templatetags.partials"],

That's the basics. Enjoy! 🚀

Advanced configuration

By default, adding "template_partials" to your INSTALLED_APPS will configure any Django template backend to use the partials template loader.

If you need to control this behaviour, you can use an alternative SimpleAppConfig, which will not adjust your TEMPLATES setting:


If you use SimpleAppConfig, you will need to configure the template loader yourself.

A wrap_loaders() function is available, and can be used to configure any specific template engine instance with the template partials loader.

You can use the backend's NAME to wrap_loaders() to add the partial loader just for that backend:

from template_partials.apps import wrap_loaders

        "BACKEND": "...",
        "NAME": "myname",
        "OPTIONS": {


If the NAME isn't provided, the penultimate element of the BACKEND value is used - for example, "django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates" would be equivalent to a NAME of "django".

Under the hood, wrap_loaders() is equivalent to explicitly defining the loaders by-hand. Assuming defaults…

from django.conf import settings

default_loaders = [
cached_loaders = [("django.template.loaders.cached.Loader", default_loaders)]
partial_loaders = [("template_partials.loader.Loader", cached_loaders)]

settings.TEMPLATES[...]['OPTIONS']['loaders'] = partial_loaders

… where TEMPLATES[...] is the entry in TEMPLATES with the NAME matching that passed to wrap_loaders().

Running the tests

Fork, then clone the repo:

git clone

Set up a venv:

python -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
python -m pip install -e .[tests]

Then you can run the tests with the just command runner:

just test

Or with coverage:

just coverage

If you don't have just installed, you can look in the justfile for a commands that are run.

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