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Mezzanine provides a central system for defining settings within your project and applications that can then be edited by admin users. The package mezzanine.conf contains the models for storing editable settings in the database as well as the functions for registering and loading these settings throughout your project.

Registering Settings

Settings are defined by creating a module named inside one or more of the applications defined in your project's settings.INSTALLED_APPS setting. Inside your module you then call the function mezzanine.conf.register_setting for each setting you want to define which takes four keyword arguments:

  • name: The name of the setting.
  • description: The description of the setting.
  • editable: If True, the setting will be editable via the admin.
  • default: The default value of the setting.


For settings registered with editable as True, currently only strings, integers/floats and boolean values are supported for the default value.

For example suppose we had a gallery application and we wanted to create a setting that controls the number of photos displayed per page, we would define the following in gallery.defaults:

from mezzanine.conf import register_setting

    description="The number of gallery photos to show on a single page.",

Reading Settings

Mezzanine provides a settings object via mezzanine.conf.settings in a similar way to Django's django.conf.settings. This settings object contains each of the settings registered above using their names as attributes. The settings object also contains the method use_editable which when called will cause the settings object to reload editable settings from the database the next time an editable setting is accessed. Continuing on from our previous example, suppose we have a view for photos:

from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
from django.template import RequestContext

from mezzanine.conf import settings
from models import GalleryImage

def gallery_view(request):
    photos = GalleryImage.objects.all()[:settings.GALLERY_PHOTOS_PER_PAGE]
    return render_to_response("gallery.html", {"photos": photos}, RequestContext(request)})

When defining editable settings, care should be taken when considering where in your project the setting will be used. For example if a setting is used in a urlpattern or the creation of a model class it would only be read when your site is first loaded, and therefore having it change at a later point by an admin user would not have any effect without reloading your entire project. In the snippet above by calling settings.use_editable() within the view, the value of the setting being accessed is loaded each time the view is run. This ensures that if the value of the setting has been changed by an admin user it will be reflected on the website.

Django Settings

Mezzanine's settings object integrates with Django's settings object in a couple of ways.

Firstly it's possible to override the default value for any setting defined using mezzanine.conf.register_setting by adding its name and value as a regular setting to your project's settings module. This is especially useful when any of your project's INSTALLED_APPS (including Mezzanine itself) register settings that aren't editable and you want to override these settings without modifying the application that registered them.

Secondly it's possible to access any of the settings defined by Django or your project's settings module via Mezzanine's settings object in the same way you would use Django's settings object. This allows for a single access point for all settings regardless of how they are defined.

Default Settings

Mezzanine defines the following settings:

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