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This is a Django integration of Select2.

The app includes Select2 driven Django Widgets and Form Fields.


  1. Install django_select2

     pip install django_select2
  2. Add django_select2 to your INSTALLED_APPS in your project settings.

  3. When deploying on production server, run :-

     python collectstatic


Documentation available at

More details

More details can be found on my blog at -

External Dependencies

  • Django - This is obvious.
  • jQuery - This is not included in the package since it is expected that in most scenarios this would already be available.

Example Application

Please see testapp application. This application is used to manually test the functionalities of this package. This also serves as a good example.

You need only Django 1.4 or above to run that. It might run on older versions but that is not tested.

Special Thanks

  • Samuel Goldszmidt (@ouhouhsami) for reporting many fundamental issues with the code, because of which versions 2.0 and 2.0.1 were released.

Changelog Summary


  • Fixed issue#7.


  • Bumping up minor version since Select2 JS has been updated to version 3.2. It seems Select2 JS now includes new higher resolution icons for Retina displays.
  • Fixed an issue in because of which templatetags directory was not included in last PIP releases' tar file.


  • Added AUTO_RENDER_SELECT2_STATICS settings. This, when specified and set to False in then Django_Select2 widgets won't automatically include the required scripts and stylesheets. When this setting is True (default) then every Select2 field on the page will output <script> and <link> tags to include the required JS and CSS files. This is convinient but will output the same JS and CSS files multiple times if there are more than one Select2 fields on the page.
  • Added django_select2_tags template tags to manually include the required JS and CSS files, when AUTO_RENDER_SELECT2_STATICS is turned off.


  • Revised the design of heavy fields. The previous design didn't quite make it easy to back heavy fields by big data sources. See fields.HeavyChoiceField class and its methods' docs for more info.
  • Updated docs.
  • Some more fixes for issue#4.
  • Updated Select2 JS to version 3.1.


  • Added docs.
  • Some bug fixes. See issue#4.
  • widgets.Select2Mixin.__init__ now accepts select2_options kwarg to override its options settings. Previously attrs were being used for this too. This means backward compatibility has been broken here. attrs will no longer override options values. The major release version has been changed to 3, because of this backward incompatible change.


  • Auto id registration fixes.


  • Mostly major bug fixes in code and design. The changes were many, raising the possibility of backward incompatibility. However, the backward incompatibility would be subtle.

  • Auto fields (sub-classes of AutoViewFieldMixin) now accepts auto_id parameter. This can be used to provide custom id for the field. The default is 'module.field_class_name'. Ideally only the first instance of an auto field is registered. This parameter can be used to force registration of additional instances by passing a unique value.