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An email newsletter application for the Django web application framework, including an extended admin interface, web (un)subscription, dynamic e-mail templates, an archive and HTML email support.
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Newsletter application for the Django web framework.

What is it?

Django app for managing multiple mass-mailing lists with both plaintext as well as HTML templates with rich text widget integration, images and a smart queueing system all right from the admin interface.


We are currently using this package in several large to medium scale production environments, but it should be considered a permanent work in progress.


Most if not all strings are available in Dutch, German and English. Contributions to translations are welcome through Transifex.


Please refer to requirements.txt for an updated list of required packes.


  1. Get it from the Cheese Shop:

    pip install django-newsletter

    Or get the latest & greatest from Github and link it to your application tree:

    pip install -e git://

    (In either case it is recommended that you use VirtualEnv in order to keep your Python environment somewhat clean.)

  2. Add newsletter and to INSTALLED_APPS in and make sure that your favourite rich text widget, some Django contrib dependencies and django-extensions (for the submission jobs) are there as well:

  3. Set the path to your preferred rich text widget (optional). If not set, django-newsletter will fall back to Django's default TextField widget:

    # Using django-imperavi
    NEWSLETTER_RICHTEXT_WIDGET = "imperavi.widget.ImperaviWidget"
    # Using django-tinymce
    NEWSLETTER_RICHTEXT_WIDGET = "tinymce.widgets.TinyMCE"
  4. Import subscription, unsubscription and archive URL's somewhere in your

    urlpatterns = patterns('',
        (r'^newsletter/', include('newsletter.urls')),
  5. Enable Django's staticfiles app so the admin icons, CSS and JavaScript will be available where we expect it.

  6. Create required data structure and load default template fixture:

    ./ syncdb
    ./ loaddata default_templates
  7. Change the default contact email listed in templates/newsletter/subscription_subscribe.html and templates/newsletter/subscription_update.html.

  8. Run the tests to see if it all works:

    ./ test

    If this fails, please contact me! If it doesn't: that's a good sign, chap. You'll probably have yourself a working configuration!

  9. Add jobs for sending out mail queues to crontab:

    @hourly /path/to/my/project/ runjobs hourly
    @daily /path/to/my/project/ runjobs daily
    @weekly /path/to/my/project/ runjobs weekly
    @monthly /path/to/my/project/ runjobs monthly


  1. Start the development server: ./ runserver
  2. Navigate to /admin/ and: behold!
  3. Put a submission in the queue.
  4. Submit your message with ./ runjob submit
  5. For a proper understanding, please take a look at the model graph.

Unit tests

Fairly extensive tests are available for internal frameworks, web (un)subscription and mail sending. Sending a newsletter to large groups of recipients (+10k) has been confirmed to work in multiple production environments. Tests for pull req's and the master branch are automatically run through Travis CI.


This application is released under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3.

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