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This application enables you to create and manage follows, blocks and bi-directional friendships between users. It features:

  • Friendship request objects that can be accepted, rejected, canceled, or marked as viewed.
  • Hooks to easily list all friend requests sent or received by a given user, filtered by the status of the request.
  • A blocklist for each user of users they've blocked.
  • Tags to include information about friendships, blocks and follows in your templates.
  • Integration with AUTH_USER_MODEL.
  • Validation to prevent common mistakes.
  • Faster server response time through caching


** Django 3.2 since v1.9.1 **

Previously: Django 1.11+ since v1.7.0 (latest release supporting Django 1.10 is v1.6.0)


  1. pip install django-friendship
  2. add "friendship" to INSTALLED_APPS and run python migrate.
  3. Use the friendship manager in your own views, or wire up the URLconf to include the builtin views:
urlpatterns = [
    path('friendship/', include('friendship.urls'))

Note: If you are migrating from django-friendship v1.6.x, you'll need to rollback your migrations and fake migration 0002

$ ./ migrate friendship 0001
$ ./ migrate friendship 0002 --fake

If you're migrating from v1.7.x, you'll likely have to fake 0003 as well:

$ ./ migrate friendship 0003 --fake


django-friendship provides a free API that gives you several ways to create and manage friendship requests or follows in your views. Add the following at the top of your

from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from friendship.models import Friend, Follow, Block

Getting Data about Friendships

  • List all of a user's friends: Friend.objects.friends(request.user)
  • List all unread friendship requests: Friend.objects.unread_requests(user=request.user)
  • List all unrejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.unrejected_requests(user=request.user)
  • Count of all unrejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.unrejected_request_count(user=request.user)
  • List all rejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.rejected_requests(user=request.user)
  • Count of all rejected friendship requests: Friend.objects.rejected_request_count(user=request.user)
  • List of all sent friendship requests: Friend.objects.sent_requests(user=request.user)
  • Test if two users are friends: Friend.objects.are_friends(request.user, other_user) == True

Getting Data about Follows

  • List of a user's followers: Follow.objects.followers(request.user)
  • List of who a user is following: Follow.objects.following(request.user)

Getting Data about Blocks

  • List of a user's blockers: Block.objects.blocked(request.user)
  • List of who a user is blocking: Block.objects.blocking(request.user)
  • Test if a user is blocked: Block.objects.is_blocked(request.user, other_user) == True

Managing Friendships and Follows

Create a friendship request:

other_user = User.objects.get(pk=1)
    request.user,                               # The sender
    other_user,                                 # The recipient
    message='Hi! I would like to add you')      # This message is optional

Let the user who received the request respond:

from friendship.models import FriendshipRequest

friend_request = FriendshipRequest.objects.get(from_user=request.user, to_user=other_user)
# or friend_request.reject()

To remove the friendship relationship between request.user and other_user, do the following:

Friend.objects.remove_friend(request.user, other_user)

Make request.user a follower of other_user:

Follow.objects.add_follower(request.user, other_user)

Make request.user block other_user:

Block.objects.add_block(request.user, other_user)

Make request.user unblock other_user:

Block.objects.remove_block(request.user, other_user)


You can use django-friendship tags in your templates. First enter:

{% load friendshiptags %}

Then use any of the following:

{% friends request.user %}
{% followers request.user %}
{% following request.user %}
{% friend_requests request.user %}
{% blockers request.user %}
{% blocking request.user %}


django-friendship emits the following signals:

  • friendship_request_created
  • friendship_request_rejected
  • friendship_request_canceled
  • friendship_request_accepted
  • friendship_removed
  • follower_created
  • following_created
  • follower_removed
  • following_removed
  • block_created
  • block_removed


django-friendship supports the following settings:

FRIENDSHIP_MANAGER_FRIENDSHIP_REQUEST_SELECT_RELATED_STRATEGY = 'select_related'  # ('select_related', 'prefetch_related', 'none')


Development takes place on GitHub. Bug reports, patches, and fixes are always welcome!

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