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Displaying staff-only controls at a webpage.


  • Linking to the admin page of the current object.
  • Full configuration of the displayed toolbar items.
  • API for adding custom menu items.

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First install the module, preferably in a virtual environment:

pip install django-staff-toolbar


Add the application to


Make sure the django.core.context_processors.request is included in TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS.

Add the HTML widget to the template:

{% load staff_toolbar_tags %}

{% staff_toolbar %}

Make sure the layout is loaded in the template:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="{{ STATIC_URL }}staff_toolbar/staff_toolbar.css" />


By default, a simple layout is included. You can change this layout to your own liking.

The source SASS file is included, making it easier to integrate this into your project stylesheets when needed.

Customizing the admin URL

The admin URL is auto-detected using:

  • The object variable in the template.
  • The view.object variable in the template.

In some cases, this is not sufficient. When the auto-detected "Change object" link does not point to the right page, this can be resolved using two methods:

Using the view

When your class-based-view implements staff_toolbar.views.StaffUrlMixin, that information will be used to render the proper "Change object" link.

This requires Django 1.5, which exports the view variable to the template.

Using the template

In the template, you can include:

{% set_staff_object page %}

When needed, the URL can also be set:

{% set_staff_url %}{% url 'dashboard:catalogue-product' %}{% end_set_staff_url %}

Customizing the menu

The default menu settings are:


Each line represents a callable, which is called using (request, context). When a tuple is included, this is converted into a new Group object, causing an additional <ul> tag to appear in the output.

A more complex example:

from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse_lazy
from django.utils.translation import ugettext_lazy as _
from staff_toolbar import toolbar_item, toolbar_link, toolbar_title, toolbar_literal

        toolbar_link(url=reverse_lazy('admin:password_change'), title=_("Change password")),

The toolbar_title() and toolbar_item() functions allow to pass additional arguments to the items, without having to load them already in the settings.

It's also perfectly possible to instantiate the actual classes directly, however this may risk import errors as it causes your settings module to load a lot of other code. The following is functionally equivalent to the previous example:

from django.core.urlresolvers import reverse_lazy
from django.utils.translation import ugettext_lazy as _
from staff_toolbar.items import AdminIndexLink, ChangeObjectLink, Group, ToolbarTitle, Link, LogoutLink

        Link(url=reverse_lazy('admin:password_change'), title=_("Change password")),


For HTTPS sites with SESSION_COOKIE_SECURE = True the toolbar obviously won't show up in the standard pages that are served by HTTP.

Either display all pages on HTTPS (which is the Right Way™ after all), or please provide a good pull request that solves this nicely for mixed sites.


This module is designed to be generic, and easy to plug into your site. Pull requests and improvements are welcome!

If you have any other valuable contribution, suggestion or idea, please let us know as well!