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A Bootstrap theme for Django Admin

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A Django admin theme using Bootstrap. It doesn’t need any kind of modification on your side, just add it to the installed apps.


  • Django 1.11


  1. Download it from PyPi with pip install tendenci-django-admin-bootstrapped

  2. Add into the INSTALLED_APPS before 'django.contrib.admin':

  1. Have fun!


For a full bootstrap3 experience you may want to use a custom renderer for the fields. There’s one available in tree that requires the django-bootstrap3 application installed. You have to add to your project settings file:

DAB_FIELD_RENDERER = 'django_admin_bootstrapped.renderers.BootstrapFieldRenderer'

Messages will have alert-info tag by default, so you may want to add Bootstrap 3 tags for different message levels to make them styled appropriately. Add to your project settings file:

from django.contrib import messages

            messages.SUCCESS: 'alert-success success',
            messages.WARNING: 'alert-warning warning',
            messages.ERROR: 'alert-danger error'

Now, adding messages like this:

messages.success(request, "My success message")
messages.warning(request, "My warning message")
messages.error(request, "My error message")

will result into this:


Add custom html to the change form of any model with a template

You can inject custom html on top of any change form creating a template named admin_model_MODELNAME_change_form.html into the application’s template folder. Eg: myapp/templates/myapp/admin_model_mymodelname_change_form.html or project/templates/myapp/admin_model_mymodelname_change_form.html.

Inline sortable

You can add drag&drop sorting capability to any inline with a couple of changes to your code.

First, add a position field in your model (and sort your model accordingly), for example:

class TestSortable(models.Model):
    that = models.ForeignKey(TestMe)
    position = models.PositiveSmallIntegerField("Position")
    test_char = models.CharField(max_length=5)

    class Meta:
        ordering = ('position', )

Then in your create a class to handle the inline using the django_admin_bootstrapped.admin.models.SortableInline mixin, like this:

from django_admin_bootstrapped.admin.models import SortableInline
from models import TestSortable

class TestSortable(admin.StackedInline, SortableInline):
    model = TestSortable
    extra = 0

You can now use the inline as usual. See the screenshots section to see what the result will look like.

This feature was brought to you by Kyle Bock. Thank you Kyle!

XHTML Compatible

Compatible with both html and xhtml. To enable xhtml for your django app add the following to your DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE = ‘application/xhtml+xml’

Generic lookups in admin

All that needs to be done is change the admin widget with either formfield_overrides like this:

from django_admin_bootstrapped.widgets import GenericContentTypeSelect

class SomeModelAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    formfield_overrides = {
        models.ForeignKey: {'widget': GenericContentTypeSelect},

Or if you want to be more specific:

from django_admin_bootstrapped.widgets import GenericContentTypeSelect

class SomeModelAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    def formfield_for_dbfield(self, db_field, **kwargs):
        if == 'content_type':
            kwargs['widget'] = GenericContentTypeSelect
        return super(SomeModelAdmin, self).formfield_for_dbfield(db_field, **kwargs)

If you decide on using formfield_overrides you should be aware of its limitations with relation fields.

This feature (and many more) was brought to you by Jacob Magnusson. Thank you Jacob!


Every code, documentation and UX contribution is welcome.

Found an issue? Report it in the bugtracker!

Have some free time? Help fixing an already filed issue, just remember to work on a separate branch please.



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