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Template Tags

Haystack comes with a couple common template tags to make using some of its special features available to templates.


Takes a block of text and highlights words from a provided query within that block of text. Optionally accepts arguments to provide the HTML tag to wrap highlighted word in, a CSS class to use with the tag and a maximum length of the blurb in characters.

The defaults are span for the HTML tag, highlighted for the CSS class and 200 characters for the excerpt.


{% highlight <text_block> with <query> [css_class "class_name"] [html_tag "span"] [max_length 200] %}


# Highlight summary with default behavior.
{% highlight result.summary with query %}

# Highlight summary but wrap highlighted words with a div and the
# following CSS class.
{% highlight result.summary with query html_tag "div" css_class "highlight_me_please" %}

# Highlight summary but only show 40 words.
{% highlight result.summary with query max_length 40 %}

The highlighter used by this tag can be overridden as needed. See the :doc:`highlighting` documentation for more information.


Fetches similar items from the search index to find content that is similar to the provided model's content.


This requires a backend that has More Like This built-in.


{% more_like_this model_instance as varname [for app_label.model_name,app_label.model_name,...] [limit n] %}


# Pull a full SearchQuerySet (lazy loaded) of similar content.
{% more_like_this entry as related_content %}

# Pull just the top 5 similar pieces of content.
{% more_like_this entry as related_content limit 5  %}

# Pull just the top 5 similar entries or comments.
{% more_like_this entry as related_content for "blog.entry,comments.comment" limit 5  %}

This tag behaves exactly like SearchQuerySet.more_like_this, so all notes in that regard apply here as well.