Install latest stable version into your python environment using pip:
pip install django-crispy-forms
If you want to install development version (unstable), you can do so doing:
pip install git+git://github.com/django-crispy-forms/django-crispy-forms.git@dev#egg=django-crispy-forms
Or, if you'd like to install the development version as a git repository (so
git pull updates), use the
-e flag with
pip install, like
pip install -e git+git://github.com/django-crispy-forms/django-crispy-forms.git@dev#egg=django-crispy-forms
Once installed add
crispy_forms to your
INSTALLED_APPS in settings.py:
INSTALLED_APPS = ( ... 'crispy_forms', )
In production environments, always activate Django template cache loader. This is available since Django 1.2 and what it does is basically load templates once, then cache the result for every subsequent render. This leads to a significant performance improvement. To see how to set it up refer to the fabulous Django docs page.
Since version 1.1.0, django-crispy-forms has built-in support for different CSS frameworks, known as template packs within django-crispy-forms:
bootstrap3Twitter Bootstrap version 3.
bootstrap4support for Twitter Bootstrap version 4.
uni-formUni-form is a nice looking, well structured, highly customizable, accessible and usable forms.
In addition the following template packs are available through separately maintained projects.
foundationFoundation In the creator's words, "The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world." This template pack is available through crispy-forms-foundation
If your form CSS framework is not supported and it's open source, you can create a
crispy-forms-templatePackName project. Please let me know, so I can link to it. Documentation on :ref:`template_packs` is provided.
You can set your default template pack for your project using the
CRISPY_TEMPLATE_PACK Django settings variable:
CRISPY_TEMPLATE_PACK = 'uni_form'
Please check the documentation of your template pack package for the correct value of the
CRISPY_TEMPLATE_PACK setting (there are packages which provide more than one template pack).
Setting media files
crispy-forms does not include static files. You will need to include the proper corresponding media files yourself depending on what CSS framework (Template pack) you are using. This might involve one or more CSS and JS files. Read CSS framework's docs for help on how to set it up.