A simple wrapper around the Django paginator.
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django-simplepaginator is a small wrapper around the standard Django paginator. The goal of django-simplepaginator is not to replace the Django paginator with yet another kind of pagination interface. It just simplifies the creation of a pagination and provides templates for column titles and page navigation. It supports sorting and orphans.


Copy the simple_paginator folder to your project or install it into your pythonpath:

# python setup.py install

If you use pip, you can also install it directly using the -e parameter:

# pip install -e git://github.com/dbrgn/django-simplepaginator.git#egg=simple_paginator

Then add simple_paginator to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.


The SimplePaginator object accepts the following keyword arguments:

  • request -- The request object
  • prefix -- The prefix for the controls' css-class and for the GET parameters
  • data -- Elements to paginate
  • columns -- A tuple of tuples containing column name and key (default None)
  • per_page -- How many elements to display per page (default 20)
  • orphans -- Whether to move orphans to the previous page (default 1)

In the view, use the paginate()-shortcutfunction to return pagination items. Remember that each pagination on a page must have a distinct prefix.

Columns can be marked as non-sortable by setting the sort key to None.


from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
import simple_paginator

    objects = models.Example.objects.filter(id__lte=100)
except ObjectDoesNotExist:
    objects = None

prefix = 'itemlist'
columns = (
    ('Column1', 'modelfield1'),
    ('Column2', 'modelfield2'),
    ('Column3', None),
items, order, baseurl = simple_paginator.paginate(request, prefix, functions, columns)

context = {
    'items': items,
    'prefix': prefix,
    'columns': columns,
    'order': order,
    'baseurl': baseurl
return render_to_response('template.html', context)

And in the template:

<h1>Pagination demo</h1>
<p>This pagination shows all Example objects with an id <= 100.</p>

<div class="simple_paginator">
        {% include 'simple_paginator/paginator_header.html' %}
            {% for item in items.object_list %}
                <tr class="{% cycle 'odd' 'even' %}">
                    <td>{{ item.modelfield1 }}</td>
                    <td>{{ item.modelfield2 }}</td>
                    <td>{{ item.modelfield3 }}</td>
            {% endfor %}

    {% include 'simple_paginator/paginator_control.html' %}

If the column/sorting feature is not used, some parts can be omitted:

<h1>Pagination demo</h1>
<p>This pagination lists some items.</p>

<div class="simple_paginator">
    {% for item in items.object_list %}
        <div class="item">{{ item }}</div>
    {% endfor %}

    {% include 'simple_paginator/paginator_control.html' %}


You can customize the paginator header and control templates by copying them to your project folder and editing them, or by adding completely new templates. They should be put in a directory called "simple_paginator" inside your template folder.

Please keep in mind that most of the control logic is done inside those templates, so be careful changing them.


v0.3.1 (2014-01-31)

  • [add] Added possibility to sort by model methods (#2)

v0.3.0 (2013-08-21)

  • [bug] Removed <div> from paginator_header.html template (#1)

v0.2.2 (2011-09-07)

  • [add] Feature to mark columns as non-sortable

v0.2.1 (2011-08-30)

  • [bug] Fixed compatibility with Python 2.5

v0.2 (2011-08-26)

  • [add] Published django-simplepaginator on Github
  • [bug] Fixed critical bugs in view and templates
  • [bug] Fixed problems with setup.py


Copyright 2011-2013 Danilo Bargen (http://dbrgn.ch/)

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html.