Part of Django's widespread adoption comes from a broad ecosystem of open source code libraries that augment the core framework.
It's good to familiarize yourself with the following projects to learn what is available to you beyond the extensive "batteries-included" code base.
These projects, ordered alphabetically, can also be helpful as example code for how to build your own applications.
Auditlog (project documentation) is a Django app that logs changes to Python objects, similar to the Django admin's logs but with more details and output formats. Auditlog's source code is provided as open source under the MIT license.
Example code found in the AuditLog project:
Code used for examples from the django-allauth project:
django-angular (project examples website) is a library with helper code to make it easier to use Angular as the front-end to Django projects. The code for django-angular is provided as open source under the MIT license.
Code from django-angular is shown on:
Django-Appmail (PyPI package information) is a Django app for handling transactional email templates. While the project began development as a way to work with the Mandrill transactional API, it is not exclusive to that API. The project simply provides a way to store and render email content. The library does not send or receive emails.
Django-Appmail is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-axes (project documentation and PyPI package information) is a code library for Django projects to track failed login attempts against a web application. The goal of the project is to make it easier for you to stop people and scripts from hacking your Django-powered website.
Code examples from the django-cors-headers project:
Example code from django-cms:
django-debug-toolbar (project documentation and PyPI page) grants a developer detailed request-response cycle information while developing a Django web application. The code for django-debug-toolbar is open source and maintained by the developer community group known as Jazzband.
django-downloadview (project documentation and PyPI package information) is a Django extension for serving downloads through your web application. While typically you would use a web server to handle static content, sometimes you need to control file access, such as requiring a user to register before downloading a PDF. In that situations, django-downloadview is a handy library to avoid boilerplate code for common scenarios.
Useful example code found within django-easy-timezones:
django-environ (project documentation and PyPI page) is a library that aims to make it easier to configure your Django project's configuration through environment variables. The philosophy is inspired by the Twelve-Factor App set of principles.
django-environ is open source under the MIT license.
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is a Django project that adds a bunch of additional
useful commands to the
manage.py interface. This
GoDjango video provides a
quick overview of what you get when you install it into your Python
The django-extensions project is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-filer (project documentation) is a file management library for uploading and organizing files and images in Django's admin interface. The project's code is available under the BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" open source license.
Code from django-filer can be found on these pages:
django-filter (project documentation and PyPI page) makes it easier to filter down querysets from the Django ORM by providing common bits of boilerplate code. django-filter is provided as open source.
django-flexible-subscriptions (project documentation and PyPI package information) provides boilerplate code for adding subscription and recurrent billing to Django web applications. Various payment providers can be added on the back end to run the transactions.
The django-flexible-subscriptions project is open sourced under the GNU General Public License v3.0.
Code from django-floppyforms is used as examples for the following parts of Django:
django-guardian (project documentation and PyPI page) provides per-object permissions in Django projects by enhancing the existing authentication backend. The project's code is open source under the MIT license.
django-haystack (project website and PyPI page) is a search abstraction layer that separates the Python search code in a Django web application from the search engine implementation that it runs on, such as Apache Solr, Elasticsearch or Whoosh.
The django-haystack project is open source under the BSD license.
django-import-export (documentation and PyPI page) is a Django code library for importing and exporting data from the Django Admin. The tool supports many export and import formats such as CSV, JSON and YAML. django-import-export is open source under the BSD 2-Clause "Simplified" License.
django-inline-actions (PyPI package information) is an extension that adds actions to the Django Admin InlineModelAdmin and ModelAdmin changelists. The project is open sourced under the BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License.
The django-jet project is open source under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.0.
The django-jsonfield project is open source under the MIT license.
django-linear-migrations (PyPI package information) is a Django code library to mitigate conflicting database migrations, which can cause non-deterministic behavior in different environments. The introductory blog post by the package author does a good job of explaining the problem and how this library prevents the issue. This library is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-loginas is open source under the BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License.
django-migration-linter (PyPI package information) checks for backwards-incompatible changes in Django ORM schema migrations and warns you about them. The purpose of the project is to save time in older and larger projects by detecting field migrations that will be a problem so you do not run into issues later, and make it easier to enable continuous deployment configurations with database changes. There is a blog post on keeping Django database migrations backward compatible that goes into further detail on the tool.
The django-migration-linter project is open sourced under the Apache 2.0 license.
django-mongonaut (project documentation and PyPI package information) provides an introspective interface for working with MongoDB via mongoengine. The project has its own new code to map MongoDB to the Django Admin interface.
django-mongonaut's highlighted features include automatic introspection of mongoengine documents, the ability to constrain who sees what and what they can do, and full control for adding, editing and deleting documents.
Code examples provided by django-oauth-toolkit:
django-oscar (project website) is a framework for building e-commerce sites on top of Django. The code for the project is available open source under a custom license written by Tangent Communications PLC.
Further code examples from django-oscar:
django-push-notifications is a Django app for storing and interacting with push notification services such as Google's Firebase Cloud Messaging and Apple Notifications. The django-push-notification project's source code is available open source under the MIT license.
Django REST Framework (project homepage and documentation, PyPI package information and more resources on Full Stack Python), often abbreviated as "DRF", is a popular Django extension for building web APIs. The project has fantastic documentation and a wonderful quickstart that serve as examples of how to make it easier for newcomers to get started.
The project is open sourced under the Encode OSS Ltd. license.
Django Request Token (PyPI package information) encapsulates the logic for issuing expiring and one-time tokens with a Django web application to use with protected URLs. Note that PostgreSQL as your backend database is a dependency for using this project.
The Django Request Token project is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-rq (PyPI package information) is an RQ-based task queue that integrates with Django as an app. This project is useful when you need a lightweight task queue and do not want to go through configuring Celery in your project. django-rq is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-simple-task (project documentation and PyPI package information) is a task runner similar but more brittle than other task queues such as Celery and RQ. django-simple-task requires Django 3.0's new ASGI event loop functionality to work properly. It is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-sitetree (project documentation and PyPI package information) is a Django extension that makes it easier for developers to add site trees, menus and breadcrumb navigation elements to their web applications.
The django-sitetree project is provided as open source under the BSD 3-Clause "New" or "Revised" License.
Code examples from django-smithy are shown on the following pages:
django-sql-explorer (PyPI page), also referred to as "SQL Explorer", is a code library for the Django Admin that allows approved, authenticated users to view and execute direct database SQL queries. The tool keeps track of executed queries so users can share them with each other, as well as export results to downloadable formats. django-sql-explorer is provided as open source under the MIT license.
django-tables2 (projection documentation and PyPI page) is a code library for Django that simplifies creating and displaying tables in Django templates, especially with more advanced features such as pagination and sorting. The project and its code are available as open source.
django-taggit (project documentation and PyPI page) provides a way to create, store, manage and use tags in a Django project. The code for django-taggit is open source and maintained by the collaborative developer community group Jazzband.
django-user-visit (PyPI package information) is a Django app and middleware for tracking daily user visits to your web application. The goal is to record per user per day instead of for every request a user sends to the application. The project is provided as open source under the MIT license.
is a code library to ensure external system dependencies match
desired versions. For example, a specific version of
PostgreSQL or MySQL as your database
backend. This is different from using
pip and a
because those are Python dependencies, rather than system-wide software.
introductory blog post
for the project has some good reasons why these external dependencies
can cause problems if they vary from the expected versions.
django-version-checks is provided as open source under the MIT license.
The django-webshell project is provided as open source under the MIT license.
The project is open sourced under the MIT license.
django-wiki (project documentation, demo, and PyPI page) is a wiki system code library for Django projects that makes it easier to create user-editable content. The project aims to provide necessary core features and then have an easy plugin format for additional features, rather than having every exhaustive feature built into the core system. django-wiki is a rewrite of an earlier now-defunct project named django-simplewiki.
The code for django-wiki is provided as open source under the GNU General Public License 3.0.
pytest-django (project documentation and PyPI page) is a code library that makes it easier to use pytest with Django applications. The project and its code are open sourced under the BSD 3-clause license.
Example code from wagtail shown on these pages: