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JavaScript powered frontend for Wagtail

Project description

Wagtail Shell

Wagtail Shell is an experimental frontend for Wagtail admin that converts it into a single-page-application and improvements to the left hand menu.


  • No page reloads for general navigation!
  • Left hand menu rewritten in React, with improved animations and a new collapsed mode
  • Support for views written for different frontend frameworks, such as Django admin
  • A new modal workflow UI that supports rendering any view in a modal

Coming soon:

  • Ability to write new API-driven views entirely in JavaScript (using React, Vue, or something else)

What does it look like?

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Please note that this project is still very much experimental, is not very well tested, and is likely to change in backwards-incompatible ways without notice

But if you'd like help this project by being an early tester, here's how to install!

Install wagtail-shell with pip:

pip install wagtail-shell



    # ...

    # Must be above wagtail.admin

    # ...

Decorate all Wagtail admin URLs with shell_enable using Wagtail's decorate_urlpatterns helper:


from django.conf.urls import include, url
from wagtail.admin import urls as wagtailadmin_urls
from wagtail.utils.urlpatterns import decorate_urlpatterns
from wagtail_shell.decorators import shell_enable

urlpatterns = decorate_urlpatterns([
    # All URLs that you want to use the Wagtail menu on go here
    # You can also add Django admin or custom views here if you want to!
    url(r'^admin/', include(wagtailadmin_urls)),
], shell_enable) + [
    # All other URLs here

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