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As of April 24, 1014 this project has been forked and renamed django-redactoreditor. All future development will continue there and users should switch to the renamed project when they have the opportunity. Although this is--admittedly--a big change, it's the only way I can see to deal with an issue that has plagued this project from the start: it isn't listed on PyPI because the name "django-redactor" is already taken. This means users cannot simply pip/easy_install the package by name alone.


This package helps integrate the Redactor Javascript WYSIWYG-editor in Django.


  1. Add the redactor directory to your Python path.
  2. Add the redactor application to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.


The redactor app provides a Django widget called RedactorEditor. It is a drop-in replacement for any TextArea widget. Example usage:

from django import forms
from django.db import models

from redactor.widgets import RedactorEditor

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    about_me = forms.CharField(widget=RedactorEditor())

You can also customize any of the Redactor editor's settings when instantiating the widget:

class MyForm(forms.Form):

    about_me = forms.CharField(widget=RedactorEditor(redactor_settings={
        'autoformat': True,
        'overlay': False

Django-redactor also includes a widget with some some customizations that make it function and look better in the Django admin:

class MyAdmin(admin.ModelAdmin):
    formfield_overrides = {
            models.TextField: {'widget': AdminRedactorEditor},

Finally, you can connect a custom CSS file to the editable area of the editor:

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    about_me = forms.CharField(widget=RedactorEditor(

Paths used to specify CSS can be either relative or absolute. If a path starts with '/', 'http://' or 'https://', it will be interpreted as an absolute path, and left as-is. All other paths will be prepended with the value of the STATIC_URL setting (or MEDIA_URL if static is not defined).

For the sake of convenience, there is also a form field that can be used that accepts the same inputs. This field can be used anywhere forms.CharField can and accepts the same arguments, but always renders a Redactor widget:

from redactor.fields import RedactorField

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    about_me = RedactorField(
        redactor_settings={'overlay': True}


The redactor javascript library requires jQuery 1.9 or better to function. By default, jQuery is included as part of the field and widget media. However, this can cause issues where other widgets or forms on a page are using a different version of jQuery. It is possible to exclude jQuery from the media of the redactor field and wdiget if you wish to handle JavaScript dependency management yourself:

class MyForm(forms.Form):
    about_me = RedactorField(include_jquery=False)


If you are using a redactor widget outside the admin, you'll need to be sure that you render the form's media. Redactor widgets need to include some CSS and JavaScript to work properly:

    {{ }}
    {{ myform.as_p }}
    <input type="submit"/>


If you wish to use Redactor in other languages, you only need to specify the lang setting. The correct javascript language files will be loaded automatically:

class MyForm(forms.Form):

    about_me = forms.CharField(widget=RedactorEditor(redactor_settings={
        'autoformat': True,
        'lang': 'es',
        'overlay': False


This is a change from version 1.2.1, where the javascript language files needed to be specified by the user.

Django-Redactor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license. However, the noncommercial restrictions of the license (e.g., Section 4(b)) are waived for any user who purchases a legitimate commercial license to the redactor.js library. Open source users are still under the noncommercial clause, but legitimate Imperavi license holders are not.

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