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Twitter Bootstrap Theme, for Pinax

A theme for Pinax 0.9 based on Twitter's open source Bootstrap framework.

Quick Start

Include "pinax-theme-bootstrap" in your requirements file and include "pinax_theme_bootstrap" and "django_forms_bootstrap" (which is installed alongside this theme) in your INSTALLED APPS.

Make sure both template loaders and staticfiles finders includes app directories.

Site name comes from Sites fixture.

Your "site_base.html" should extend "theme_bootstrap/base.html" and should provide "footer" and "nav" blocks (the latter should just be a ul of li of a links).

Your pages should have blocks "head_title" and "body" and should extend "site_base.html".

The url name "home" should be defined as the homepage.

Upgrade Notes

  • Base templates: To enable multiple themes to be used within a single site, base

templates are now located under the "theme_bootstrap" folder. We will continue to provide base templates at the root path for backward compatibility, but these will likely be removed in a future version and you should update your site_base.html to extend from "theme_bootstrap/base.html".

  • Forms Rendering: Versions prior to 2.0.3 included template tags for forms rendering.

This has now been moved out to a new app, django-forms-bootstrap. You'll need to add this app to your INSTALLED_APPS as "django_forms_bootstrap".


This theme is officially supported when used in conjuction with Pinax 0.9. If using the theme with Django < 1.4, you will need to install a recent version of django-staticfiles as we use the {% render %} template tag.


This theme makes use of django-forms-bootstrap for simple forms support. Make sure you have the latest version of django-forms-bootstrap installed in your virtualenv (if you install this theme with pip it will be installed automatically) and add "django_forms_bootstrap" to your INSTALLED_APPS.

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>

Bootstrap includes styles for four types of forms. To change the display of your form, add one of the following class attributes to your form tag:

Name Class Description
Vertical (default) .form-vertical Stacked, left-aligned labels over controls
Horizontal .form-horizontal Float left, right-aligned labels on same line as controls
Inline .form-inline Left-aligned label and inline-block controls for compact style
Search .form-search Extra-rounded text input for a typical search aesthetic


To modify your site's navigation bar, implement the "nav" block in your site_base.html using the following pattern:

<ul class="nav">
    <li id="tab_first">
        <a href="#">First Link</a>
    <li id="tab_second">
        <a href="#">Second Link</a>
    <li id="tab_third" class="dropdown">
        <a href="#" class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown">
            Some Dropdown Menu
            <b class="caret"></b>
        <ul class="dropdown-menu">
            <li><a href="#">Some Link</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Another Link</a></li>

Responsive Grid

Bootstrap's responsive grid makes designing layouts that work well on every device a snap. We've included the the responsive stylesheet in this theme by default. If you'd like to remove this from your site, include the following two in your site_base.html:

{# unset the viewport, telling mobile devices to scale your site #}
{% block viewport %}{% endblock %}

{# include all default stylesheets except the responsive grid #}
{% block style_base %}
    <link href="{% static "pinax/css/theme.css" %}" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="{% static "bootstrap/css/bootstrap.css" %}" rel="stylesheet">
    {% block extra_style %}{% endblock %}
{% endblock %}

Upgrading from Bootstrap 1.x

Previous versions of this theme were based off of Bootstrap 1.x. The following is a list of changes that you need to be aware of when upgrading existing sites:

  • The default grid has changed from 16 columns to 12 columns.
  • Bootstrap 2 provides a responsive grid, which we've enabled by default.
  • Forms markup has changed slightly, see the example above.
  • Navigation bar markup now requires a class="nav" on the ul.

License & Attribution

The Pinax Bootstrap theme is released under the MIT license.

This theme includes styles and scripts from the Twitter Bootstrap project, which is released under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

For copies of both licenses, see LICENSE.

Includes icons from Glyphicons Free, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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