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A Django model field and widget that renders a customizable WYSIWYG/rich text editor



====================== Django Rich Text Field

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A Django model field and widget that renders a customizable rich text/WYSIWYG widget.

Works in Django's admin interface and "normal" forms.

Supports global editor settings, reusable editor profiles and per field & widget settings. There's built-in support for pluggable server side content sanitizers.

Tested with TinyMCE_ and CKEditor_. Designed to be easily extended to use other editors.


Install django-richtextfield and add it to your Django project's INSTALLED_APPS, django.contrib.admin must also be in INSTALLED_APPS::


Add the urls to the project's urlpatterns::

path('djrichtextfield/', include('djrichtextfield.urls'))

Configure django-richtextfield in

    'js': ['//'],
    'init_template': 'djrichtextfield/init/tinymce.js',
    'settings': {
        'menubar': False,
        'plugins': 'link image',
        'toolbar': 'bold italic | link image | removeformat',
        'width': 700

Now you're ready to use the field in your models::

from djrichtextfield.models import RichTextField

class Post(models.Model):
    content = RichTextField()

or forms::

from djrichtextfield.widgets import RichTextWidget

class CommentForm(forms.ModelForm):
    content = forms.CharField(widget=RichTextWidget())

When using the editor outside of the admin make sure to include in the <head> of the template::

  {{ }}


Define the DJRICHTEXTFIELD_CONFIG dictionary in your project settings. This dictionary can have the following keys:

.. _conf_js:

Javascript souce(s) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

'js' A list of required javascript files. These can be URLs to a CDN or paths relative to your STATIC_URL e.g.::

  'js': ['//']


  'js': ['path/to/editor.js', 'path/to/plugin.js']

.. _conf_css:

CSS souce(s) ^^^^^^^^^^^^

'css' A dictionary of CSS files required. These can be URLs to a CDN or paths relative to your STATIC_URL e.g.::

  'css': {
      'all': [


  'css': {'all': ['path/to/editor.css', 'path/to/plugin.css']}

.. _conf_init_template:

Editor init template ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

'init_template' Path to the init template_ for your editor. Currently django-richtextfield ships with two templates, either::

    'init_template': 'djrichtextfield/init/tinymce.js'


    'init_template': 'djrichtextfield/init/ckeditor.js'

.. _conf_settings:

Editor settings ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

'settings' A Python dictionary with the default configuration data for your editor e.g.::

  'settings': {  # TinyMCE
      'menubar': False,
      'plugins': 'link image',
      'toolbar': 'bold italic | link image | removeformat',
      'width': 700


  'settings': {  # CKEditor
      'toolbar': [
          {'items': ['Format', '-', 'Bold', 'Italic', '-',
          {'items': ['Link', 'Unlink', 'Image', 'Table']},
          {'items': ['Source']}
      'format_tags': 'p;h1;h2;h3',
      'width': 700

.. _conf_profiles:

Editor profiles ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

'profiles' This is an optional configuration key. Profiles are "named" custom settings used to configure specific type of fields. You can configure profiles like this::

'profiles': {
    'basic': {
        'toolbar': 'bold italic | removeformat'
    'advanced': {
        'plugins': 'link image table code',
        'toolbar': 'formatselect | bold italic | removeformat |'
                   ' link unlink image table | code'

.. note:: A profile is treated the same way as directly defined field & widget settings_. This means that profile settings are merged with the defaults!

.. _conf_sanitizer:

Content sanitizers ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

'sanitizer' This is an optional configuration key. A sanitizer can be used to process submitted values before it is returned by the widget. By default no processing is performed on submitted values. You can configure a sanitizer either by providing a function or an importable path to a function, like so::

  'sanitizer': lambda value: '<h1>Title</h1>' + value


  'sanitizer': 'bleach.clean'

.. _conf_sanitizer_profiles:

'sanitizer_profiles' This is an optional configuration key. It is possible to override the default or configured sanitizer for each of the configured profiles_. For example to set a custom sanitizer for the advanced profile::

  'sanitizer_profiles': {
      'advanced': lambda value: value + 'This text has been sanitized.'

Field & Widget settings

You can override the default settings per field::

class CommentForm(forms.ModelForm):
    content = forms.CharField(widget=RichTextWidget())
    content.widget.field_settings = {'your': 'custom', 'settings': True}


class Post(models.Model):
    content = RichTextField(
        field_settings={'your': 'custom', 'settings': True},

It's recommended to use profiles_, they make it easier to switch configs or even editors on a later date. You use a profile like this::

class CommentForm(forms.ModelForm):
    content = forms.CharField(widget=RichTextWidget(field_settings='basic'))


class Post(models.Model):
    content = RichTextField(field_settings='advanced')

.. note:: Fields always inherit the default settings, customs settings and profiles are merged with the defaults!

Custom init / Using another editor

It should be fairly easy to use this project with another editor. All that's required is to configure DJRICHTEXTFIELD_CONFIG to load the right Javascript/CSS files and to create a custom init template_.

For example, to use jQuery based Summernote_ (lite) editor::

    'js': [
    'css': {
        'all': [
    'init_template': 'path/to/init/summernote.js',
    'settings': {
        'followingToolbar': False,
        'minHeight': 250,
        'width': 700,
        'toolbar': [
            ['style', ['bold', 'italic', 'clear']],

Init template ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The init template is a Django template (so it should be in the template and not in the static directory). It contains a tiny bit of Javascript that's called to initialize each editor. For example, the init template for Summernote would like this::

$('#' + id).summernote(settings)

The init template has the following Javascript variables available from the outer scope:

field DOM node of the textarea to be replaced id The id attribute of the textarea default_settings DJRICHTEXTFIELD_CONFIG['settings'] as a JS object custom_settings The field_settings as a JS object settings Merge of default_settings and custom_settings

Handling uploads & other advanced features

django-richtextfield built to be editor agnostic. This means that it's up to you to handle file uploads, show content previews and support other "advanced" features.

.. Profiles: conf_profiles .. _TinyMCE: .. _CKEditor: .. _Summernote:


1.6.2 (2024-03-07) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Code refresh, no functional changes
  • Switch CI to GitHub actions
  • Test with Django 3.2 and 4.2
  • Test with Python 3.8, 3.10 and 3.12
  • Drop support for older Python and Django versions

1.6.1 (2021-04-14) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Support Django 3.2 (no changes necessary)
  • Test with Django main (4.0)
  • Use force_str instead of force_text, the latter is deprecated and removed in Django 4.0

1.6 (2020-05-20) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • init.js no longer depends on jQuery. This might a backwards incompatible change for:

    • Users that have defined their own init script that dependeds on the $e var. This var has been replaced by field which is a plain DOM node instead of a jQuery object.
    • Users that depended on the implicit load of Django's bundled version of jQuery now have explicitly load it themselves.
  • Verified TinyMCE init/config works with TinyMCE 4 and 5

  • Tested and verified to work with Django 3.1

1.5.0 (2019-12-04) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Drop support for Python 2
  • Drop support for Django < 2.2
  • Add support for Django 3.0

1.4.0 (2019-01-31) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • NOTE: This is the final release that supports Python 2!
  • Add support for plugable server side content sanitizers

1.3.0 (2018-11-05) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Allow CSS files to be included by a RichTextWidget

1.2.4 (2018-09-25) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Fix display issue in Django 2.1's admin interface

1.2.3 (2018-09-11) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Add support for Django 2.1

1.2.2 (2018-06-12) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Conditionally load the (un)minified version of jquery depending on DEBUG
  • Load jQuery before all other scripts

1.2.1 (2018-01-18) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Add ['admin/js/vendor/jquery/jquery.min.js', 'admin/js/jquery.init.js'] to This makes the widget usable outside of the admin (but still requires django.contrib.admin to be in INSTALLED_APPS) and prevents javascript errors inside the admin in certain edge cases.

1.2 (2017-12-04) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Remove support for Django < 1.11
  • Add support for Django 2.0

1.1 (2016-01-14) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Remove support for Django < 1.8
  • Tested with Django 1.8 & Django 1.9

1.0.1 (2014-11-13) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Fix unicode error

1.0 (2014-09-30) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • First release



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