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Extensible, hierarchical, and pluggable navigation system for Django sites

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An extensible, hierarchical, and pluggable navigation system for Django sites.

django-treenav was designed from the start to live independent of a CMS implementation. As a separate application, treenav can easily be integrated into existing, custom setups and does not enforce or require users to use a particular content management system.

Sharing the same principals, django-pagelets integrates seamlessly with treenav and can be used together to create a flexible CMS product.

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  • Generic functionality with multiple URL specifications: get_absolute_url(), reverse(), or raw URLs

  • Packaged with templates to render the tree hierarchy with nested <ul>’s, but can easily be overridden with custom templates

  • Useful CSS classes for flexible UI customization

  • Automatically sets “active” on item and item’s parents if PATH_INFO is equal to item.href

  • Efficient: minimizes database access with django-mptt functionality

  • Caches the tree so that repeated page views to not hit the database.

  • Simple links in the MenuItem list view for refreshing the cache and href from the database.


Using the demo

For a quick demo, follow these steps:

$ mkvirtualenv --distribute --no-site-packages django-treenav
(django-treenav)$ git clone git://
(django-treenav)$ cd django-treenav/
(django-treenav)~/django-treenav$ python develop
(django-treenav)~/django-treenav$ cd sample_project/
(django-treenav)~/django-treenav/sample_project$ pip install -r requirements.txt
(django-treenav)~/django-treenav/sample_project$ ./ syncdb
(django-treenav)~/django-treenav/sample_project$ ./ runserver

Visit http://localhost:8000/ in your browser and follow the instructions.


  1. Install the app with pip:

    pip install django-treenav
  2. Add to your INSTALLED_APPS and run syncdb:

  3. Include these context processors:

  4. Add these urls:

    urlpatterns = patterns('',
        (r'^treenav/', include('treenav.urls.admin')),
        (r'^treenav-missing/', include('treenav.urls.undefined_url')),


0.6.0 (12-02-2011)

  • Moved to GitHub

  • Add Sphinx-powered documentation

  • Update to Django 1.3.x and django-mptt 0.5.2

  • Provide more order choices by default

  • Fix a few documentation related bugs

  • Cleaned up sample project for an easier demo

0.5.0 (03-11-2011)

  • Initial release

Development sponsored by Caktus Consulting Group, LLC.

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