Yet another Django audit log app, hopefully the simplest one.
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README.md

django-easy-audit

Yet another Django audit log app, hopefully the easiest one.

This app allows you to keep track of every action taken by your users.

Quickstart

  1. Install django-easy-audit by running: pip install django-easy-audit

    Alternatively, you can download the code from Github, and place the folder 'easyaudit' in the root of your project.

  2. Add "easyaudit" to your INSTALLED_APPS setting like this:

    INSTALLED_APPS = [
        ...
        'easyaudit',
    ]
    
  3. Add django-easy-audit's middleware to your MIDDLEWARE (or MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES) setting like this:

    MIDDLEWARE = (
        ...
        'easyaudit.middleware.easyaudit.EasyAuditMiddleware',
    )
    
  4. Run python manage.py migrate easyaudit to create the app's models.

  5. That's it! Now every CRUD event on your whole project will be registered in the audit models, which you will be able to query from the Django admin app. Additionally, this app will also log everytime a user logs in, out or fails to login.

Settings

django-easy-audit allows some level of configuration. In your project's settings.py file, you can define the following settings:

  • DJANGO_EASY_AUDIT_WATCH_LOGIN_EVENTS

    Set to False it won't log your project's login events (log in, log out, and failed logins). Defaults to True.

  • DJANGO_EASY_AUDIT_UNREGISTERED_CLASSES_DEFAULT

    The default list of classes django-easy-audit will ignore. Don't override this setting unless you know what you are doing; it may create an infinite loop and break your project. If you want django-easy-audit to stop logging one of your models please use the following setting.

  • DJANGO_EASY_AUDIT_UNREGISTERED_CLASSES_EXTRA

    A list of classes django-easy-audit will ignore. Use it to avoid logging some of your project's models if necessary. It can be a class or a string with app_name.model_name format. Defaults to [].

What does it do

django-easy-audit uses Django signals to listen to the events going on in your project, such as when a user creates, updates or deletes a registry. This applies to every model of every app in your project.

When any of these events takes place, django-easy-audit will log it in the model CRUDEvent. You can query this information in the Django Admin app.

Besides logging CRUD events, django-easy-audit will log every time a user logs in, out, or fails to log in. This information is stored in the model LoginEvent.

Why should I use it

There are many Django auditing apps out there, but most them require you to change very important parts of your project's code. For example, they require you to add fields to your models, or make them inherit from a certain class. Other apps create a mirror for each of your models, which means duplicate migrations. Etc.

It is not that they don't work or that they are not great apps. But in case you need something easier, and you don't want your project to depend so much on a third-party app, django-easy-audit may be your best choice.

The good thing about this app is that it is easy and quick to install, and it begins logging events right away, without you having to inject code anywhere in your project.

To-Do

  • Admin columns need to be polished, to display more meaningful information.
  • Admin needs better filters.

Contributors

@jheld @sergeibershadsky

Contact

Find me on Twitter at @soynatan, or send me an email to natancalzolari@gmail.com.