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Django Forms Bootstrap


Pinax is an open-source platform built on the Django Web Framework. It is an ecosystem of reusable Django apps, themes, and starter project templates. This collection can be found at


django-forms-bootstrap is a simple bootstrap filter for Django forms. Extracted from the bootstrap theme for Pinax.

Getting Started

Include django-forms-bootstrap in your requirements file and django_forms_bootstrap in your INSTALLED APPS.

Make sure your template loader finders includes app directories.

To style forms, add the following to the top of your template

{% load bootstrap_tags %}

and include your form using something like the following markup:

    <legend>My Form</legend>
    {% csrf_token %}
    {{ form|as_bootstrap }}
    <div class="form-actions">
      <a href="#back" class="btn">Go back</a>
      <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">Save changes</button>

Specifying Form Layouts

Bootstrap includes styles for three types of forms. To change the display of your form, add one of the following class attributes to your form tag and use the appropriate template filter:

Class Template filter Description
.form-vertical {{ form|as_bootstrap }} Labels over controls (default)
.form-horizontal {{ form|as_bootstrap_horizontal }} Labels on same line as controls
.form-inline {{ form|as_bootstrap_inline }} Compact style with inline-block controls


The django-forms-bootstrap documentation is currently under construction. If you would like to help us write documentation, please join our Pinax Project Slack team and let us know! The Pinax documentation is available at


See this blog post including a video, or our How to Contribute ( section for an overview on how contributing to Pinax works. For concrete contribution ideas, please see our Ways to Contribute/What We Need Help With ( section.

In case of any questions we recommend you join our Pinax Slack team ( and ping us there instead of creating an issue on GitHub. Creating issues on GitHub is of course also valid but we are usually able to help you faster if you ping us in Slack.

We also highly recommend reading our Open Source and Self-Care blog post (

License & Attribution

Django Forms Bootstrap is released under the MIT license. It does not include any styles or scripts from the Bootstrap project.

Code of Conduct

In order to foster a kind, inclusive, and harassment-free community, the Pinax Project has a code of conduct, which can be found here We ask you to treat everyone as a smart human programmer that shares an interest in Python, Django, and Pinax with you.

Pinax Project Blog and Twitter

For updates and news regarding the Pinax Project, please follow us on Twitter at @pinaxproject and check out our blog


Bootstrap filter and templates for use with Django forms


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