Django-CMS adaptor to wrap Generic Class-Based Views as CMS Plugins
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DjangoCMS mount

Django-CMS adaptor to wrap Generic Class-Based Views as CMS Plugins

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Makes it easier to write plugins using standard generic views.


The Github project contains the following files and directories:

  • djangocms_mount: the app which you can add to INSTALLED_APPS in Django.

    • A base class that you extend to create your plugin.
    • An empty models file to keep Django happy.
  • tests: A test project which includes the mount app, some models and tests.

    • test_app: Is the customisation of the Events CMS app;
      • Example of model that could be used for your own plugin.
      • Example/test for wrapping a view in a CMS plugin.


With DYE

To add djangocms_mount to your DYE project:

Manual Installation

If you're not using DYE, then install djangocms_mount in your global Python environment or virtualenv:

pip install djangocms_mount

Or if it's not available on PyPI, or you need a newer version:

pip install -e git+

Of course you need Django (1.5 or higher) and Django-CMS (2.4 or higher) in your environment as well. They'll be installed automatically by Pip if you don't have them already.

Creating a CMS Plugin

You need to create a CMS plugin to wrap your generic view. For example, consider this view, and imagine that you want to insert it into a placeholder on a Django-CMS Page:

class ExampleListView(ListView):
    model = Wossname
    template_name = "test_app/example_list_view.html"

You'll need to create a model to store the configuration for each instance of your plugin that the user adds in the CMS. For example, you could add this to in one of your apps:

from django.db import models
from cms.models.pluginmodel import CMSPlugin

class ExampleListPluginModel(CMSPlugin):
    limit = models.PositiveIntegerField(_('Number of events to show'),
            help_text=_('Limits the number of events that will be displayed'))

    title = models.CharField(max_length=255, blank=True, null=True)

    def __unicode__(self):
        return _("%(title)s (%(limit)d)") % {
            'title': self.title,
            'limit': self.limit,

The __unicode__ method determines what you see in the Django-CMS backend when you are looking at a page's placeholders and deciding which one to edit, so it's useful to return a string that identifies this particular plugin as much as possible.

Then you can wrap the View in a CMS plugin, for example in in the same app:

from cms.plugin_pool import plugin_pool
from djangocms_mount.cms_plugins import ViewMountPluginBase

class ExampleListPlugin(ViewMountPluginBase):
    model = ExampleListPluginModel
    view_class = ExampleListView
    render_template = ExampleListView.template_name
    cache = False  # Only enable caching when it makes sense for the plugin 


Whenever the plugin is included in a page, it will render the template specified by its render_template attribute. The example above uses the same template as the generic View, but since that template probably includes HTML <head> and <body> tags, etc, you probably want to use a different template. You might want to include only the HTML snippet that you want to place into the CMS page in the placeholder slot.

DjangoCMS caches plugin output by default, in version 3.0 you can disable this with the cache attribute on the plugin class. You might want to do this if your plugin returns dynamic content. Note that when DEBUG=True the plugin cache is disabled so you might not see any problems until you try it in production.

Passing parameters to the view

Values stored in the plugin configuration can be passed to the view, for example in the ExampleListPluginModel above the limit value allows users to configure the number of items displayed on each page by the ListView paginator.

The limit value is accessible through the plugin model instance passed to get_view_kwargs, you can use this to decide which kwargs to pass to the newly constructed view. In our case passing paginate_by will set the page size for the ListView.

class ExampleListPlugin(ViewMountPluginBase):
    def get_view_kwargs(self, request, context, instance, placeholder):
        return {'paginate_by': instance.limit}

If you want to introduce new parameters, for example to filter the queryset used by the view, you need to add them as properties of your View class:

class ExampleListView(ListView):
    filter_by_name = None
    def get_queryset(self):
        return super(ExampleListView, self).get_queryset().filter(

And now that they exist on the View, they'll be automatically assigned to a newly created instance by View.__init__, if you pass them as keyword arguments. So let's do that:

class ExampleListPlugin(ViewMountPluginBase):
    def get_view_kwargs(self, request, context, instance, placeholder):
        return {
            'paginate_by': instance.limit,
            'filter_by_name': 'hello',

You can also add them to the PluginModel, which allows users to configure them differently on each instance of your plugin:

class ExampleListPluginModel(CMSPlugin):
    filter_by_name = models.CharField(max_length=255)

class ExampleListPlugin(ViewMountPluginBase):
    def get_view_kwargs(self, request, context, instance, placeholder):
        return {
            'filter_by_name': instance.filter_by_name,

Running the tests

You can clone the project from GitHub and run the tests manually with the tox command, which installs all the test dependencies for you:


This will test with Python 2.6 and 2.7, so you'll need both installed. If you just want to test one environment (which is faster and doesn't require two Pythons to be installed) you can do this:

tox -e py27-django16-cms3