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Nexus is a pluggable admin application in Django. It's designed to give you a simple design and architecture for building admin applications.

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Nexus is a pluggable admin application in Django. It’s designed to give you a simple design and architecture for building admin applications.

It was originally created by Disqus, but due to the inactivity we at YPlan have taken over maintenance on this fork.



Tested with all combinations of:

  • Python: 2.7, 3.4, 3.5
  • Django: 1.7 (up to Python 3.4 only), 1.8, 1.9


Install it with pip (or easy_install):

pip install nexus-yplan

Make sure you pip uninstall nexus first if you’re upgrading from the original to this fork - the packages clash.


You’ll need to enable it much like you would django.contrib.admin.

First, add it to your INSTALLED_APPS setting:


Now you’ll want to include it within your

import nexus

# sets up the default nexus site by detecting all files

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    ('^nexus/', include(,

By default Nexus requires django.contrib.auth and django.contrib.sessions. If you are using a custom auth system you can skip these requirements by using the setting NEXUS_SKIP_INSTALLED_APPS_REQUIREMENTS = True in your django settings.


Nexus’ behaviour can be customized by adding some values to your Django settings.


Until Version 1.1, Nexus included a login/logout functionality. Unfortunately these were copied and adapted from an old version of the code in Django Admin, and were thus not up to date with security changes in newer Django versions. Since keeping them up to date would be a burden, and most sites use Django Admin for adminstrator login, the login/logout functions have been removed.

Nexus now relies on Django Admin login, or for users to visit it having logged in through another route.


By default Nexus serves its media files itself through Python, avoiding any configuration to integrate with your project. This is convenient but can be slow. You can control where the media files are served from with the setting NEXUS_MEDIA_PREFIX, for example:

NEXUS_MEDIA_PREFIX = '/served/here/'


Applications which provide Nexus modules:

N.B. Those that have not been forked by YPlan probably aren’t up to date to work with newer Django versions.

If you want to write a module, see HelloWorldModule in tests/testapp/, plus its templates, for a simple hello world implementation. Also the source code shouldn’t be too hard to understand.


Pending Release

  • New release notes here

1.1.0 (2016-01-13)

  • Removed support for old Django versions
  • Fixed all deprecation warnings on Django 1.7 and 1.8
  • Added Django 1.9 support
  • Added Python 3.4 and 3.5 support
  • Historically Nexus had a module that embedded Django Admin; this has not worked since Django 1.3 due to removal of the adminmedia template tag that the templates were still using. Because it seems that no one has been using it, it has been removed. Users are encourage to just use the normal Django Admin instead. Nexus thus ships with no modules included.
  • Removed the login/logout pages, which were copied and adapted from an old version of Django Admin, and likely no longer secure. If you are not logged in Nexus will now redirect you to Django Admin - thus Django Admin is now required by Nexus.
  • Fixed Nexus CSRF protection to work if you have changed the CSRF cookie name, thanks to a PR on the original Nexus from Github users @karech and @graingert.
  • Removed all inline javascript, thanks @graingert.

1.0.0 (2015-12-09)

  • First publication on PyPI as nexus-yplan
  • Django 1.8 compatibility

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