Custom template tags and filters

2018-07-31 发表在 编程语言 4046

Custom template tags and filters

Django’s template language comes with a wide variety of built-in tags and filters designed to address the presentation logic needs of your application. Nevertheless, you may find yourself needing functionality that is not covered by the core set of template primitives. You can extend the template engine by defining custom tags and filters using Python, and then make them available to your templates using the {% load %} tag.

Code layout¶

The most common place to specify custom template tags and filters is inside a Django app. If they relate to an existing app, it makes sense to bundle them there; otherwise, they can be added to a new app. When a Django app is added to INSTALLED_APPS, any tags it defines in the conventional location described below are automatically made available to load within templates.

The app should contain a templatetags directory, at the same level as, etc. If this doesn’t already exist, create it - don’t forget the file to ensure the directory is treated as a Python package.

Development server won’t automatically restart

After adding the templatetags module, you will need to restart your server before you can use the tags or filters in templates.

Your custom tags and filters will live in a module inside the templatetags directory. The name of the module file is the name you’ll use to load the tags later, so be careful to pick a name that won’t clash with custom tags and filters in another app.

For example, if your custom tags/filters are in a file called, your app layout might look like this:


And in your template you would use the following:

{% load poll_extras %}

The app that contains the custom tags must be in INSTALLED_APPS in order for the {% load %} tag to work. This is a security feature: It allows you to host Python code for many template libraries on a single host machine without enabling access to all of them for every Django installation.

There’s no limit on how many modules you put in the templatetags package. Just keep in mind that a {% load%} statement will load tags/filters for the given Python module name, not the name of the app.

To be a valid tag library, the module must contain a module-level variable named register that is a template.Library instance, in which all the tags and filters are registered. So, near the top of your module, put the following:

from django import template

register = template.Library()

New in Django 1.9.

Alternatively, template tag modules can be registered through the 'libraries' argument to DjangoTemplates. This is useful if you want to use a different label from the template tag module name when loading template tags. It also enables you to register tags without installing an application.

Behind the scenes

For a ton of examples, read the source code for Django’s default filters and tags. They’re in django/template/ and django/template/, respectively.

For more information on the load tag, read its documentation.

Writing custom template filters¶

Custom filters are just Python functions that take one or two arguments:

  • The value of the variable (input) – not necessarily a string.

  • The value of the argument – this can have a default value, or be left out altogether.

For example, in the filter {{ var|foo:"bar" }}, the filter foo would be passed the variable var and the argument "bar".

Since the template language doesn’t provide exception handling, any exception raised from a template filter will be exposed as a server error. Thus, filter functions should avoid raising exceptions if there is a reasonable fallback value to return. In case of input that represents a clear bug in a template, raising an exception may still be better than silent failure which hides the bug.

Here’s an example filter definition:

def cut(value, arg):
    """Removes all values of arg from the given string"""
    return value.replace(arg, '')

And here’s an example of how that filter would be used:

{{ somevariable|cut:"0" }}

Most filters don’t take arguments. In this case, just leave the argument out of your function. Example:

def lower(value): # Only one argument.
    """Converts a string into all lowercase"""
    return value.lower()

Registering custom filters¶


Once you’ve written your filter definition, you need to register it with your Library instance, to make it available to Django’s template language:

register.filter('cut', cut)
register.filter('lower', lower)

The Library.filter() method takes two arguments:

  1. The name of the filter – a string.

  2. The compilation function – a Python function (not the name of the function as a string).

You can use register.filter() as a decorator instead:

def cut(value, arg):
    return value.replace(arg, '')

@register.filter def lower(value):     return value.lower()

If you leave off the name argument, as in the second example above, Django will use the function’s name as the filter name.

Finally, register.filter() also accepts three keyword arguments, is_safeneeds_autoescape, and expects_localtime. These arguments are described in filters and auto-escaping and filters and time zonesbelow.

Template filters that expect strings¶


If you’re writing a template filter that only expects a string as the first argument, you should use the decorator stringfilter. This will convert an object to its string value before being passed to your function:

from django import template
from django.template.defaultfilters import stringfilter

register = template.Library()

@register.filter @stringfilter def lower(value):     return value.lower()

This way, you’ll be able to pass, say, an integer to this filter, and it won’t cause an AttributeError (because integers don’t have lower() methods).

Filters and auto-escaping¶

When writing a custom filter, give some thought to how the filter will interact with Django’s auto-escaping behavior. Note that three types of strings can be passed around inside the template code:

  • Raw strings are the native Python str or unicode types. On output, they’re escaped if auto-escaping is in effect and presented unchanged, otherwise.

  • Safe strings are strings that have been marked safe from further escaping at output time. Any necessary escaping has already been done. They’re commonly used for output that contains raw HTML that is intended to be interpreted as-is on the client side.

    Internally, these strings are of type SafeBytes or SafeText. They share a common base class of SafeData, so you can test for them using code like:

    if isinstance(value, SafeData):
        # Do something with the "safe" strin