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Adds icon plugin to django CMS.

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django CMS Icon is a plugin for django CMS that allows you to insert an icon (font or svg) into your project.

This addon is compatible with Divio Cloud and is also available on the django CMS Marketplace for easy installation.



This is a an open-source project. We’ll be delighted to receive your feedback in the form of issues and pull requests. Before submitting your pull request, please review our contribution guidelines.

One of the easiest contributions you can make is helping to translate this addon on Transifex.


See REQUIREMENTS in the file for additional dependencies:

  • Python 2.7, 3.4 or higher
  • Django 1.11 or higher


For a manual install:

  • run pip install djangocms-icon
  • add djangocms_icon to your INSTALLED_APPS
  • run python migrate djangocms_icon


This addon provides a default template for all instances. You can provide additional template choices by adding a DJANGOCMS_ICON_TEMPLATES setting:

    ('svg', 'SVG template'),

Web Font Icons

The django CMS Icon plugin ships with Font Awesome 4 as default. This can be changed by overriding the following setting:

    ('fontawesome', 'fa', 'Font Awesome'),

To use Font Awesome 5 in the above example; change the first parameter to fontawesome5, the second and third stay unchanged. The second defines the prefix of the icon class and the third the display name.

In addition you need to load the resources for your fonts in /admin/djangocms_icon/includes/assets.html. Add this file to your project in order for the icon picker to pick up your custom icons in the admin.

The icon picker supports numerous font libraries out of the box. You can also add multiple font sets like this:

    ('fontawesome5', 'fa', 'Font Awesome'),
    ('materialdesign', 'zmdi', 'Material Design'),

Just don’t forget to include both libraries in the assets.html file. This is only necessary for the plugin rendering while selecting the icon. You still need to implement the font libraries into your frontend stack.

Custom Web Font Icons

You can also add your own custom web fonts, for this you need to tell the icon picker where to find the necessary files:

    (ICONSET, 'icon', 'Custom web font'),

In this example, we add our own font icon set on top of it. Please mind that the second parameter needs to be the icon prefix. ICONSET is an external reference to a JSON file at the root of your project setting up your custom font icons, add this before:

with open('iconset.json') as fh:

Here an example of its content:

    "iconClass": "icon",
    "icons": [

The iconClass refers to the second parameter in the settings file for the icon prefix. Make sure both of them are the same. Instead of using an external file you can also write the settings directly to the DJANGOCMS_ICON_SETS setting.

djangocms-boilerplate-webpack can generate the iconset.json automatically for you through gulp icons.

Make sure the icons names contain the iconset prefix as shown in the example, the widget will determine the iconset based on that. They can be omitted if only one iconset is used.

Don’t forget to also add your custom fonts to /admin/djangocms_icon/includes/assets.html into your project.

SVG Icons

django CMS Icon also supports SVG icons. Follow the instructions from Custom Web Font Icons and then adapt the JSON file a bit:

    "svg": true,
    "spritePath": "sprites/icons.svg",
    "iconClass": "icon",
    "icons": [

svg and spritePath are the only required additional properties. You also need to add an icon template to your project to render it correctly, for example:

<span class="{{ instance.icon|iconset_from_class }} {{ instance.icon }} {{ instance.attributes.class }}">
    <svg role="presentation">
        <use xlink:href="{% static 'sprites/icons.svg' %}#{{ instance.icon }}"></use>

Running Tests

You can run tests by executing:

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

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