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Django App helper

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This project used to be called djangocms-helper. It's been renamed in version 2.0 to clarify that it's not limited to django CMS apps.

See Migrating from djangocms-helper to django-app-helper for further information.

Helper for django applications development

django-app-helper is a set of commands and helper methods to make developing and testing reusable Django applications easier.

Being born in the django CMS ecosystem, it provides a lot of utility functions to develop, run and test django CMS applications.

It's a modified version of django CMS's own script, modified to handle generic application development process.

Supported versions

Python: 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Django: 1.11 - 2.2

django CMS: 3.4 - 3.7

Newer versions might work but are not tested yet.

Common options

  • --cms: Loads configuration to properly run a django CMS-based application;
  • --extra-settings: Path to a helper file to set extra settings; see Project settings with Django App Helper for details;


The command must be executed in the main plugin directory (i.e. in the same directory as the file) as it needs to import files relative to the current directory.

The basic command structure is:

django-app-helper <application> <command> [options ...]

where <application> is the django application name and <command> is one of the available commands. Options vary for each command.

Base test class

A base test class is available to provide helpers and methods that implements repetitive tasks during development or compatibility shims (especially for django CMS).


Changes in version 1.2 might reduce the number of queries executed in tests rendering plugins.

If you are using assertNumQueries (or similar), this may yield unexpected failures.

Please check your code before upgrading django-app-helper.


To bootstrap a project using django-app-helper you may want to have a look at cookiecutter-djangopackage-helper, a cookiecutter template for django-app-helper.

To use it follows usage


By using the integrated runned in the settings file you'll be able to run the commands without invoking django-app-helper: see Integrated runner for reference.


Installing from pip:

pip install django-app-helper

Installing from source:

pip install git+


  • django CMS optional; required only to work with --cms option
  • docopt
  • tox
  • dj-database-url


Documentation is available on readthedocs.


django-app-helper was written by Iacopo Spalletti with help from other contributors.


The general logic and part of the code of the whole application is heavily taken from django CMS's own so all the contributors deserve a huge thanks for their work.

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