Django Suit documentation

Django Suit - Modern theme for Django admin interface.


Django Suit is alternative theme/skin/extension for Django admin app (administration interface).




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  1. You can get stable version of Django Suit by using pip or easy_install:

    pip install django-suit==0.2.21
  2. You will need to add the 'suit' application to the INSTALLED_APPS setting of your Django project file.:



'suit' must be added before 'django.contrib.admin' and if you are using third-party apps with special admin support (like django-cms) you also need to add 'suit' before 'cms'.

  1. You also need to add 'django.core.context_processors.request' to TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS setting in your Django project file.:

    from django.conf.global_settings import TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS as TCP
Note: This is required to handle left side menu. If by some reason you removed original Django Suit menu.html, you can skip this.


Deployment with Django Suit should not be different than any other Django application. If you have problems with deployment on production, read Django docs on wsgi first.


If you deploy your project with Apache or Debug=False don’t forget to run ./ collectstatic

Develop branch

Develop branch is considered as release candidate version. Check commits and changelog of develop branch first, before installing develop version. It is quite stable and always tested, but can contain some flaws or behaviour changes too. To install latest develop version use:

pip uninstall django-suit
pip install

Bootstrap3 branch

BS3 branch is considered as alpha version and is not yet ready for production use. To install latest bs3 version use:

pip install django-suit==0.3a1



You can customize Django Suit behaviour by adding SUIT_CONFIG configuration variable to your Django project file.


You must extend base_site.html template to customize footer links, copyright text or to add extra JS/CSS files. Example file is available on github.

Copy customized base_site.html template file to your project’s main application templates/admin/ directory and un-comment and edit the blocks you would like to extend.

Alternatively you can copy base_site.html to any of template directories, which are defined in TEMPLATE_DIRS setting (if any). By default Django looks in every registered application templates/ dir.

In the same way you can override any of Django Suit admin templates. More about customizing project’s templates, you can read in Django Admin Tutorial



There are handy widgets included in Django Suit.

Form tabs

Form tabs help you organize form fieldsets and inlines into tabs.

Form includes

Django Suit provides handy shortcut to include templates into forms.

List attributes

Using few callable helpers you can customize change list row and cell attributes based on object instance variables.

Wysiwyg editors

How to use wysiwyg editors in Django Suit.



Besides documentation examples, Django Suit demo application source code is also available on separate github repository: django-suit-examples. If you see anything in demo application, you can always go to this repository and see implementation and code in one of or files

Supported apps

Besides Django admin, Django Suit supports following third-party apps:


If you are using third-party apps with special admin support (like django-cms) you also need to add 'suit' before 'cms' in the list of `INSTALLED_APPS` in your `` file.