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an app for managing collections of images associated with a content object

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About Pinax

Pinax is an open-source platform built on the Django Web Framework. It is an ecosystem of reusable Django apps, themes, and starter project templates. This collection can be found at

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pinax-images is an app for managing collections of images associated with any content object.


  • django-appconf>=1.0.1
  • django-imagekit>=3.2.7
  • pilkit>=1.1.13
  • pillow>=3.3.0
  • pytz>=2016.6.1

Supported Django and Python Versions

Django / Python 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.10
2.2 * * * * *
3.2 * * * * *



To install pinax-images:

    $ pip install pinax-images

Add pinax.images to your INSTALLED_APPS setting:

    # other apps

pinax-images-specific settings can be found in the Settings section.

Add pinax.images.urls to your project urlpatterns:

    urlpatterns = [
        # other urls
        url(r"^ajax/images/", include("pinax.images.urls", namespace="pinax_images")),


Adding image collection functionality to your application!

First, add a OneToOneField on your content object to ImageSet::

from pinax.images.models import ImageSet

class YourModel():
    # other fields
    image_set = models.OneToOneField(ImageSet)

In your view for creating your content object, you should create a new ImageSet for each new content object:

class ObjectCreateView(CreateView):

    def form_valid(self, form):
        form.instance.image_set = ImageSet.objects.create(created_by=self.request.user)
        return super(CloudSpottingCreateView, self).form_valid(form)

Finally, you'll want to include a snippet like this wherever you want the image panel to appear (if you are using the associated pinax-images-panel ReactJS frontend):

{% if image_set %}
    {% url "pinax_images:imageset_upload" as upload_url %}
{% else %}
    {% url "pinax_images:imageset_new_upload" as upload_url %}
{% endif %}
<div id="image-panel" data-images-url="{% if image_set %}{% url "pinax_images:imageset_detail" %}{% endif %}"
                        data-upload-url="{{ upload_url }}"
                        data-image-set-id="{{ }}">


The following settings allow you to specify the behavior of pinax-images in your project.

Customizing Thumbnail Specs

By default pinax-images maintains four thumbnail specifications for thumbnail generation of uploaded images. These specifications (shown below) are located in pinax/images/

PINAX_IMAGES_THUMBNAIL_SPEC = "pinax.images.specs.ImageThumbnail"
PINAX_IMAGES_LIST_THUMBNAIL_SPEC = "pinax.images.specs.ImageListThumbnail"
PINAX_IMAGES_SMALL_THUMBNAIL_SPEC = "pinax.images.specs.ImageSmallThumbnail"
PINAX_IMAGES_MEDIUM_THUMBNAIL_SPEC = "pinax.images.specs.ImageMediumThumbnail"

You can customize thumbnailing options by creating your own specification class inheriting from ImageSpec:

from imagekit import ImageSpec
from pilkit.processors import ResizeToFit

class MyCustomImageThumbnail(ImageSpec):
    processors = [ResizeToFit(800, 600)]
    format = "JPEG"
    options = {"quality": 90}

and overriding pinax-image specs in your application

PINAX_IMAGES_THUMBNAIL_SPEC = "{{my_app}}.specs.MyCustomImageThumbnail"

Change Log


  • Add Python 3.9 and 3.10 support along with Django 3.2
  • Droppped Django 3.1
  • Handled deprecation and some general modernizations
  • Updated packaging


  • Drop Django 1.11, 2.0, and 2.1, and Python 2,7, 3.4, and 3.5 support
  • Add Django 2.2 and 3.0, and Python 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 support
  • Update packaging configs
  • Direct users to community resources


  • Use format_html() to escape html tags in admin preview


  • Standardize documentation, badges
  • Remove django-appconf from install_requires
  • Add third-party libs for isort-ing
  • Add trove classifiers


  • Add Django 2.0 compatibility testing
  • Drop Django 1.8, 1.9, 1.10 and Python 3.3 support
  • Convert CI and coverage to CircleCi and CodeCov
  • Add PyPi-compatible long description
  • Move documentation to


  • Move documentation to
  • Change upload_to path to have the image set PK


  • Only how thumbnail if one exists


  • Revise access permissions for some views:

    • ImageSet detail view now accessible by any authenticated user
    • Image delete view now accessible only by image owner.
    • Image "toggle primary" view now accessible only by image owner.


  • Update version for Pinax 16.04 release


  • Improve documentation


  • Make DUA an optional requirement PR #14


  • add Pillow to install requires


  • initial release


Contributing information can be found in the Pinax community health file repo.

Code of Conduct

In order to foster a kind, inclusive, and harassment-free community, the Pinax Project has a Code of Conduct. We ask you to treat everyone as a smart human programmer that shares an interest in Python, Django, and Pinax with you.

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Copyright (c) 2012-present James Tauber and contributors under the MIT license.

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