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Absolute URI functions and template tags for Django.


There are times when you need to output an absolute URL (for example, inside an email), but you don't always have access to the request. These utilities use the Sites Framework if available in order to create absolute URIs.


Install django-absoluteuri:

pip install django-absoluteuri

Then add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:

    # ...

django-absoluteuri requires the Sites Framework to be in INSTALLED_APPS well and configured as well.


The protocol of the uris returned by this library defaults to http. You can specify the protocol with the ABSOLUTEURI_PROTOCOL setting.

# settings.py

# Elsewhere
>>> absoluteuri.build_absolute_uri('/some/path/')

Template Tags

There are two template tags, absoluteuri and absolutize. absoluteuri works just like the url tag, but that it outputs absolute URLs.

{% load absoluteuri %}

<a href="{% absoluteuri 'my_view' kwarg1='foo' kwarg2='bar' %}">click here</a>

absolutize will take a relative URL and return an absolute URL.

{% load absoluteuri %}

<a href="{% absolutize url_from_context %}">click here</a>


Sometimes instead of template tags, it's easier to use filters. You can do that as well.

{% load absoluteuri %}

<a href="{{ my_object.get_absolute_url|absolutize }}">click here</a>

But there are situations where tag can not be used but filter can.

{% load absoluteuri %}

{% include "some-other-template.html" with url=my_object.get_absolute_url|absolutize %}


There are also two functions that django-absoluteuri provides, build_absolute_uri and reverse, which are equivalents of request.build_absolute_url and urlresolvers.reverse.

>>> import absoluteuri

>>> my_relative_url = '/path/to/somewhere/'
>>> absoluteuri.build_absolute_uri(my_relative_url)
>>> absoluteuri.reverse('viewname', kwargs={'foo': 'bar'})