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Django-Multihost -- A simplified, flexible Django multi-host app


Django-Multihost is a Django middleware that overrides Site ORM functionality and gets the current Site from the Host header. The code is loosely based on the work done by Bruce Kroeze here: django-threaded-multihost.


The MultiHostMiddleware class contained in this app has 2 tasks:

  1. Upon middleware __init__(), it overrides SiteManager.get_current() with a multihost-aware version that reads the Host header from the request and attempts to find a matching Site (caches it if cache is enabled).
  2. Upon middleware process_request(), it sets the request into threadlocal storage and then uses the new SiteManager.get_current() functionality to retrieve the Site matching the Host header and sets it into the request instance. If a match is not found and MULTIHOST_AUTO_WWW is True (the default), it will attempt to modify the Host URL to add/remove www. and attempt the lookup again. If it still doesn't find a matching Site, it redirects to MULTIHOST_REDIRECT_URL.


  • Python 2.6 (May work with 2.3+, but untested - please report)
  • Django 1.2.x (May work with 1.0+, but untested - please report)


  1. Copy or symlink the multihost package into your django project directory or install it by running one of the following commands:

    python install


    pip install django-multihost


    easy_install django-multihost


  3. Add multihost.middleware.MultiHostMiddleware to your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES in at the end of the list. If you find it isn't working, move it up the list order as there may be a middleware conflict.

Note: Django does strange things (like sending requests to the wrong urls handler) when it is used in conjunction with debug_toolbar. To fix this problem, multihost must always be the last entry in MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES.

Advanced Settings

There are 2 settings that developers can use to override default functionality:

  • MULTIHOST_REDIRECT_URL: required; no default. The default middleware request processing will redirect to this URL in the case of Site lookup failure.
  • MULTIHOST_AUTO_WWW: optional; defaults to True. If the Site can't be found that matches the incoming Host header exactly, this will automatically try removing/adding www. and searching again.


It is important to note that the MultiHostMiddleware middleware does database lookups against the Django tables corresponding to the Site model - in particular, against the domain field. In the default Django implementation (version 1.2.1 as of writing), the domain field is not indexed or unique and this may result in slower performance over time.

For this reason, web site/application developers should weigh the benefits and consider manually adding an index for the Site model's domain field using standard database access tools.


The latest source code can always be found here:


Django-Multihost is maintained by James Addison.


Django-Multihost is Copyright (c) 2010-2012, James Addison. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.

Questions, Comments, Concerns:

Feel free to open an issue here:


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