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Django Mailchimp

This is an integrated app for Django dealing with the Mailchimp mailing list system.

Quick start guide:


  1. Install django_mailchimp:

    pip install django_mailchimp
  2. Add an MAILCHIMP_API_KEY to your with your mailchimp API key as the value (obviously)

  3. Add mailchimp to your project's list of INSTALLED_APPS

4. To start using the API, you should start by using utils.get_connection(). This will use the API_KEY you just defined in

Subscribing a user to a list:

  1. To get the list:

    list = mailchimp.utils.get_connection().get_list_by_id(<list key id>)
  2. Now add a member to the mailing list:


Those pesky merge vars:

General info:

Mailchimp is a quite generic service. As such, it needs to store information on people who subscribe to a list, and that information is specific to this very list!

So to help you build dynamic forms (presumabely), mailchimp added the merge_vars. They are, basically, a dictionnary showing infromation and meta-information defined for each piece of information. Here's what the default set of merge vars look like (ona brand new list with default options):

    'field_type': 'email',
    'name': 'Email Address',
    'show': True,
    'default': None,
    'req': True,
    'public': True,
    'tag': 'EMAIL',
    'helptext': None,
    'order': '1',
    'size': '25'
    'field_type': 'text',
    'name': 'First Name',
    'show': True,
    'default': '',
    'req': False,
    'public': True,
    'tag': 'FNAME',
    'helptext': '',
    'order': '2',
    'size': '25'
    'field_type': 'text',
    'name': 'Last Name',
    'show': True,
    'default': '',
    'req': False,
    'public': True,
    'tag': 'LNAME',
    'helptext': '',
    'order': '3',
    'size': '25'

As you can see, it's a list of 3 dictionnaries, each containing several fields that you should use to build your user interface with (since you're using this app, that means your Django form).

Obtaining them:

You can recreate this list using the following API call:

list = mailchimp.utils.get_connection().get_list_by_id(<The list's key ID>)
print list.merges

Using them:

When you make a post to mailchimp, you need to pass merge_vars. For example, in a new list created with the default settings on the mailchimp website, the following call adds a member to a list (with a little more info than our bare minimum example up there):

list = mailchimp.utils.get_connection().get_list_by_id(<The list's key ID>)
list.subscribe('',{'EMAIL':'', 'FNAME': 'Monthy', 'LNAME':'Pyhtons'})

Note the use of the 'tag' field as the key for fields (why they didn't call it 'key' or 'id' is beyond comprehension).

Create a view:

We'll now try to move up the stack and create the necessary elements to make a useable mailchimp interface

Fire up your favorite editor and open your Put in the following snippet of code:

MAILCHIMP_LIST_ID = 'spamspamspamspameggsspamspam' # DRY :)
REDIRECT_URL_NAME = '/mailing_list_success/'
def add_email_to_mailing_list(request):
    if request.POST['email']:
         email_address = requst.POST['email']
         list = mailchimp.utils.get_connection().get_list_by_id(MAILCHIMP_LIST_ID)
         return HttpResponseRedirect('/mailing_list_success/')
         return HttpResponseRedirect('/mailing_list_failure/')

Of course, if you feel redirecting the user is not the right approach (handling a form might be a good idea), feel free to adapt this simple example to your needs :p