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Adds pretty CSS styles for the django CMS admin interface.

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Adds pretty CSS styles for the django CMS admin interface. Supports optional django-admin-shortcuts package.

The shortcuts you see on top of the dashboard are from django-admin-shortcuts

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See REQUIREMENTS in the file for additional dependencies:


For a manual install:

  • run pip install djangocms-admin-style

  • add djangocms_admin_style to your INSTALLED_APPS just before 'django.contrib.admin'

  • run python migrate djangocms_admin_style


The django CMS Admin Style overrides django admin’s base_site.html, but you can still partially customize this page. Look at the source of templates/admin/base_site.html and override the templates that are included in various blocks. For example, you can add your own CSS in templates/admin/inc/extrastyle.html.

The following additional settings can be set:

  • CMS_ENABLE_UPDATE_CHECK = True Set to False to disable the update notification.

  • CMS_UPDATE_CHECK_TYPE = ('minor') Set to ('patch') to get only patch notifications. (minor = 3.x.x, patch = 3.4.x)

The update checker does not gather or record any data.

To compile CSS run the following commands using node 16:

  • nvm use

  • npm install

  • npx gulp icons sass bundle

For further options have a look at the gulpfile.js.

Dark mode support

Django supports a dark mode admin since version 3.1. djangocms-admin-style introduces css variables that contain color codes and change with the selected mode:

CMS variable name


Django admin fallback




































Extending styles in your own app

If your project or app requires specific styles if djangocms-admin-style is installed (e.g., to better adjust to the django CMS style) you can add selective styling by adding the .djangocms-admin-style selector:

// Show widget in CMS colors if djangocms-admin-style is installed
.djangocms-admin-style #my-widget {
    color:  var(--dca-primary, black);

We recommend to following rules for your app’s admin css:

  • Try avoid using color, background etc. styles where possible and meaningful

  • If necessary use as few as possible standard django CMS colors (preferably from see above list with fallback colors)

  • Usage: var(--dca-color-var, var(--fallback-color-var, #xxxxxx)) where #xxxxxx represents the light version of the color.

Running Tests

You can run tests by executing:

virtualenv env
source env/bin/activate
pip install -r tests/requirements/base.txt
python test

In order to run integration tests you need to have Docker installed, then run the following command:

make test

To test other Django versions simply append VERSION=4.1`. You can also run the test server through:

make run

The integration tests are written using Casperjs, phantomcss and djangocms-casper-helpers.

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