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A custom fork of James Turk's implementation of a MarkupField for Django. A MarkupField is a TextField that automatically renders and stores both its raw and rendered values in the database, on the assumption that disk space is cheaper than CPU cycles in a web application.


You can obtain this fork of django-markupfield by checking out the latest source. The original version is available on PyPI or GitHub.

To install a source distribution:

python setup.py install

It is also possible to install django-markupfield with pip or easy_install.

It is not necessary to add 'markupfield' to your INSTALLED_APPS, it merely needs to be on your PYTHONPATH.


To make use of MarkupField you should define the MARKUP_FILTER setting. MARKUP_FILTER should be a two-tuple where the first element is a Python dotted path to a markup filter function. This function should accept markup as its first argument and return HTML. It may accept other keyword arguments as well. You may parse your markup using any method you choose, as long as you can wrap it in a function that meets these criteria.

The second element must be a dictionary of keyword arguments to pass to the filter function. The dictionary may be empty.

For example, if you have python-markdown installed, you could use it like this:

MARKUP_FILTER = ('markdown.markdown', {'safe_mode': True})

Alternatively, you could use the "textile" filter provided by Django like this:

MARKUP_FILTER = ('django.contrib.markup.templatetags.markup.textile', {})

(The textile filter function doesn't accept keyword arguments, so the kwargs dictionary must be empty in this case.)

django-markupfield provides one sample rendering function, render_rest in the markupfield.renderers module.


MarkupField is easy to add to any model definition:

from django.db import models
from markupfield.fields import MarkupField

class Article(models.Model):
    title = models.CharField(max_length=100)
    body = MarkupField()

MarkupField automatically creates an extra non-editable field _body_rendered to store the rendered markup. This field doesn't need to be accessed directly; see below.

Accessing a MarkupField on a model

When accessing an attribute of a model that was declared as a MarkupField, a Markup object is returned. The Markup object has two attributes:

The unrendered markup.
The rendered HTML version of raw (read-only).

This object also has a __unicode__ method that calls django.utils.safestring.mark_safe on rendered, allowing MarkupField attributes to appear in templates as rendered HTML without any special template tag or having to access rendered directly.

Assuming the Article model above:

>>> a = Article.objects.all()[0]
>>> a.body.raw
>>> a.body.rendered
>>> print unicode(a.body)

Assignment to a.body is equivalent to assignment to a.body.raw.


a.body.rendered is only updated when a.save() is called

Editing a MarkupField in a form

When editing a MarkupField model attribute in a ModelForm (i.e. in the Django admin), you'll generally want to edit the original markup and not the rendered HTML. Because the Markup object returns rendered HTML from its __unicode__ method, it's necessary to use the MarkupTextarea widget from the markupfield.widgets module, which knows to return the raw markup instead. There is also an AdminMarkupTextareaWidget for use in the admin.

These widgets are normally used automatically, so no intervention is required (i.e. the formfield method of MarkupField returns a form field with the MarkupTextarea widget, and likewise the admin's default formfields dictionary is modified to use AdminMarkupTextareaWidget for MarkupField). But if you apply your own custom widget to the form field representing a MarkupField, your widget must either inherit from MarkupTextarea or its render method must convert its value argument to value.raw.


  • add a save_markup() method which accepts a rendering function and kwargs


The following paragraphs are James Turk's description of the original purpose of this project. My fork is intended to modify the project to meet the description put forward by James Bennett and others in this django-dev thread.

Jacob Kaplan-Moss commented on twitter that he'd possibly like to see a MarkupField in core and I filed a ticket on the Django trac http://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/10317

The resulting django-dev discussion drastically changed the purpose of the field. While I initially intended to write a version that seemed more acceptable for Django core I wound up feeling that the 'acceptable' version had so little functionality and so much complexity it wasn't worth using.