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django-admin-interface is a modern responsive flat admin interface customizable by the admin itself.



  • Beautiful default django-theme
  • Themes management and customization (you can customize admin title, logo and colors)
  • Responsive
  • Related modal (instead of the old popup window)
  • Environment name/marker
  • Language chooser
  • Foldable apps (accordions in the navigation bar)
  • Collapsible fieldsets can have their initial state expanded instead of collapsed
  • NEW Collapsible inlines
  • NEW Tabbed fieldsets and inlines
  • NEW List filter removal links
  • NEW List filter highlight selected options
  • List filter dropdown
  • List filter sticky
  • Form controls sticky (pagination and save/delete buttons)
  • Compatibility / style optimizations for:
    • django-ckeditor
    • django-dynamic-raw-id
    • django-json-widget
    • django-modeltranslation
    • django-rangefilter
    • django-streamfield
    • django-tabbed-admin
    • sorl-thumbnail
  • Translated in many languages: de, es, fa, fr, it, pl, pt_BR, ru, tr


  • Run pip install django-admin-interface
  • Add admin_interface and colorfield to settings.INSTALLED_APPS before django.contrib.admin

SILENCED_SYSTEM_CHECKS = ["security.W019"]
  • Run python migrate
  • Run python collectstatic --clear
  • Restart your application server


if you want use modals instead of popup windows, ensure to add X_FRAME_OPTIONS = "SAMEORIGIN" setting.

Optional features

To make a fieldset start expanded with a Hide button to collapse, add the class "expanded" to its classes:

class MyModelAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    # ...
    fieldsets = [
        ("Section title", {
            "classes": ("collapse", "expanded"),
            "fields": (...),
    # ...

Optional themes

This package ships with optional themes as fixtures, they can be installed using the loaddata admin command. Optional themes are activated on installation.

Django theme (default):

Run python loaddata admin_interface_theme_django.json

Bootstrap theme:

Run python loaddata admin_interface_theme_bootstrap.json

Foundation theme:

Run python loaddata admin_interface_theme_foundation.json

Run python loaddata admin_interface_theme_uswds.json

Add more themes

You can add a theme you've created through the admin to this repository by sending us a PR. Here are the steps to follow to add:

  1. Export your exact theme as fixture using the dumpdata admin command: python dumpdata admin_interface.Theme --indent 4 -o admin_interface_theme_{{name}}.json --pks=N

  2. Copy the generated json file into the fixtures folder (making sure its name starts with admin_interface_theme_ to avoid clashes with fixtures that might be provided by other third party apps).

  3. Remove the pk from the fixture and make sure the active field is set to true (in this way a theme is automatically activated when installed).

  4. Edit the section above to document your theme.

Add theme support to third-party libraries

You can add theme support to existing third-party libraries using the following CSS variables:


  • --admin-interface-header-background-color
  • --admin-interface-header-text-color
  • --admin-interface-header-link-color
  • --admin-interface-header-link_hover-color
  • --admin-interface-title-color
  • --admin-interface-env-color


  • --admin-interface-logo-color
  • --admin-interface-logo-default-background-image
  • --admin-interface-logo-max-width
  • --admin-interface-logo-max-height

Modules / Links

  • --admin-interface-module-background-color
  • --admin-interface-module-background-selected-color
  • --admin-interface-module-border-radius
  • --admin-interface-module-text-color
  • --admin-interface-module-link-color
  • --admin-interface-module-link-selected-color
  • --admin-interface-module-link-hover-color
  • --admin-interface-generic-link-color
  • --admin-interface-generic-link-hover-color
  • --admin-interface-generic-link-active-color


  • --admin-interface-save-button-background-color
  • --admin-interface-save-button-background-hover-color
  • --admin-interface-save-button-text-color
  • --admin-interface-delete-button-background-color
  • --admin-interface-delete-button-background-hover-color
  • --admin-interface-delete-button-text-color

Related Modal

  • --admin-interface-related-modal-background-color
  • --admin-interface-related-modal-background-opacity
  • --admin-interface-related-modal-border-radius
  • --admin-interface-related-modal-close-button-display


Admin login


Admin dashboard


Admin themes management


Admin theme customization



At the moment, this package has been translated into the following languages: de, es, fa, fr, it, pl, pt_BR, tr.

Translate into another language

  • Run python -m django makemessages --ignore ".tox" --ignore "venv" --add-location "file" --extension "html,py" --locale "it" (example for Italian localization)

  • Update translations in admin_interface/locale/it/LC_MESSAGES/django.po

  • Run python -m django compilemessages --ignore ".tox" --ignore "venv"

Update translations

If you do some changes to the project, remember to update translations, because if the translations files are not up-to-date, the lint step in the CI will fail:

  • Run tox -e translations


This package uses caching to improve theme load time and overall performance. You can customise the app caching options using settings.CACHES["admin_interface"] setting, otherwise the "default" cache will be used:

    # ...
    "admin_interface": {
        "BACKEND": "django.core.cache.backends.locmem.LocMemCache",
        "TIMEOUT": 60 * 5,
    # ...


There is a known compatibility issue when using this package with django-redis, more specifically, using the JSONSerializer the following error is raised: TypeError: Object of type Theme is not JSON serializable, to mitigate this problem, simply use a specific cache for this app that does not use any json serializer.


Custom base-site.html

I already have a custom base_site.html, how can I make it work?

You can use django-apptemplates, then add {% extends "admin_interface:admin/base_site.html" %} to your base_site.html

Custom LocaleMiddleware warning

I'm using a django.middleware.locale.LocaleMiddleware subclass, but I see an unnecessary warning for missing django.middleware.locale.LocaleMiddleware, what can I do?

You can simply ignore the warning (this has been discussed here)

import warnings

warnings.filterwarnings("ignore", module="admin_interface.templatetags.admin_interface_tags")

Language Chooser not showing

I have enabled the Language Chooser, but it is not visible in the admin, what should I do?

You must configure multilanguage settings and urls correctly:

    ("en", _("English")),
    ("it", _("Italiano")),
    ("fr", _("Français")),
    # more than one language is expected here
USE_I18N = True
    # ...
    # ...
from django.conf.urls.i18n import i18n_patterns
from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import include, path

# ...

urlpatterns = [
    path("i18n/", include("django.conf.urls.i18n")),
urlpatterns += i18n_patterns(path("admin/",

Open any url in modal window

I have an application with some cross-links in the admin and I would like to open them in modal windows instead of same/new window, how can I do?

You just need to add _popup=1 query-string parameter to the urls:

url = reverse(f"admin:myapp_mymodel_change", args=[])
url = f"{url}?_popup=1"


# clone repository
git clone && cd django-admin-interface

# create virtualenv and activate it
python -m venv venv && . venv/bin/activate

# upgrade pip
python -m pip install --upgrade pip

# install requirements
pip install -r requirements.txt -r requirements-test.txt

# install pre-commit to run formatters and linters
pre-commit install --install-hooks

# run tests
# or
# or
python -m django test --settings "tests.settings"


Contributions are always welcome, please follow these steps for submitting good quality PRs:

  • Open an issue, please don't submit any PR that doesn't refer to an existing issue.
  • 💻 Work on changes, changes should preferably be covered by tests to avoid regressions in the future.
  • 🌐 Update the translations files.
  • 🧪 Run tests ensuring that there are no errors.
  • 📥 Submit a pull-request and mark it as "Ready for review" only if it passes the CI.


Released under MIT License.


See also

  • django-colorfield - simple color field for models with a nice color-picker in the admin. 🎨

  • django-extra-settings - config and manage typed extra settings using just the django admin. ⚙️

  • django-maintenance-mode - shows a 503 error page when maintenance-mode is on. 🚧 🛠️

  • django-redirects - redirects with full control. ↪️

  • django-treenode - probably the best abstract model / admin for your tree based stuff. 🌳

  • python-benedict - dict subclass with keylist/keypath support, I/O shortcuts (base64, csv, json, pickle, plist, query-string, toml, xml, yaml) and many utilities. 📘

  • python-codicefiscale - encode/decode Italian fiscal codes - codifica/decodifica del Codice Fiscale. 🇮🇹 💳

  • python-fontbro - friendly font operations. 🧢

  • python-fsutil - file-system utilities for lazy devs. 🧟‍♂️