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A Django application for easily converting HTML <textarea>s into rich HTML editors that meet US Government 508/WAC standards. This application has been demonstrated to work just fine with django-uni-form (

Currently this works as a template tag. We did it this way because control of how editing works is arguably a template issue (i.e. presentation) and not a forms/model issue (i.e. control).

YUI is the default editor due to familiarity, accessiblity and the fact that it's possible to run with entirely off of Yahoo's CDN, avoiding the need to maintain any local resources. CKEditor can be used but will require you to install the CKEditor files in MEDIA_URL/ckeditor (see below).

If you want to contribute to django-wysiwyg, please do so from the repository at

Note: This may be obvious, but this only works on <textarea>``s (models.TextField) and not simple character (``<input>) fields.


Via pip:

pip install django-wysiwyg


Add 'django_wysiwyg' to your INSTALLED_APPS in


If you wish to use CKEditor set the flavor in


Please note that doing so requires you to either place the ckeditor distributables under MEDIA_URL/ckeditor or set DJANGO_WYSIWYG_MEDIA_URL in to the appropriate location containing the ckeditor distribution.


Within your pages

There are two template tags: wysiwyg_setup must be called once per page, preferably in the <head>, to load the JavaScript dependencies. wysiwyg_editor should be called once per text area, after the text area has been created. A simple example:

{% load wysiwyg %}
{% wysiwyg_setup %}

<textarea id="foo"></textarea>

{% wysiwyg_editor "foo" %}

Within Django Admin

django-wysiwyg comes with a custom file that serves as a base template for alterations to admin displays. To make an admin field display rich text, do the following:

  1. In your custom app's file, on the MyModelAdmin class, add change_form_template = 'my_app/change_form.html'. For example:

    from django.contrib import admin
    from pydanny.models import Cartwheel
    class CartWheelAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
        change_form_template = 'pydanny/change_form.html', CartwheelAdmin)
  2. copy django_wysiwyg/templates/admin/change_form.html to my_app/templates/my_app/change_form.html. For example:

    cp django_wysiwyg/templates/admin/change_form.html pydanny/templates/pydanny/change_form.html
  3. Now open the new my_app/templates/my_app/change_form.html file. You will need to set the fields you want made into rich text editors by adding {% wysiwyg_editor "id_description" %} template tag calls, replacing "id_description" with whatever your form's HTML field is named. For example:

    {% extends "admin/change_form.html" %}
    {% load wysiwyg %}
    {% block extrahead %}
        {{ block.super }}
        {% wysiwyg_setup %}
    {% endblock %}
    {% block content %}
        {{ block.super }}
        {% wysiwyg_editor "id_description" %}
    {% endblock %}

Handling Content

Cleaning HTML

django_wysiwyg.clean_html will be exported if you have either html5lib ( or pytidylib installed. Both should install with pip or easy_install, although the later will require having the htmltidy C library installed.

Using clean_html in views is simple:

data = django_wysiwyg.clean_html(data)

To display raw HTML

In your templates:

{% autoescape off %}
    {{ content }}
{% endautoescape %}


{{ content|safe }}

This should not be used without careful consideration if your content comes from untrusted users

clean_html does not protect against security problems; sanitize_html attempts to do so but is only available with html5lib (tidylib has no equivalent mode) and should currently be considered experimental.

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