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Django Active Link


The simplest way to highlight active links in your Django app.


The full documentation is at

Quick start

Install Django Active Link:

pip install django-active-link

Add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:


To use the active_link template tag you need to load active_link_tags templatetags library:

{% load active_link_tags %}

To add an active CSS class to a link when the request path matches a given view just do something like this.

<a href="{% url 'view-name' %}" class="{% active_link 'view-name' %}">Menu item</a>

If you has a sub-menu or tabs and needs they be active and parent too, you can use || to check this:

<a href="{% url 'view-name' %}" class="{% active_link 'view-name || view-sub-name' %}">Menu Item</a>
<a href="{% url 'view-sub-name' %}" class="{% active_link 'view-sub-name' %}">Tab Item</a>

You can also use a custom CSS class:

<a href="{% url 'view-name' %}" class="{% active_link 'view-name' 'custom-class' %}">Menu item</a>


<a href="{% url 'view-name' %}" class="{% active_link 'view-name' css_class='custom-class' %}">Menu item</a>

By default active_link will not perform a strict match. If you want to add the active class only in case of a strict match pass the strict argument to the tag:

<a href="{% url 'view-name' %}" class="{% active_link strict=True %}">Menu item</a>

Replace view-name with the name of your view (including namespaces).


You can override the default active class and strict mode with the settings ACTIVE_LINK_CSS_CLASS and ACTIVE_LINK_STRICT.

Key Description Default Value
ACTIVE_LINK_CSS_CLASS Active class to use. active
ACTIVE_LINK_STRICT Designates whether to perform a strict match or not. False

For more usage examples, please check the full documentation at

IMPORTANT: Django Active Link requires that the current request object is available in your template's context. This means you must be using a RequestContext when rendering your template, and django.core.context_processors.request must be in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS setting. See for more information.


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Running Tests

Does the code actually work?

source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
(myenv) $ pip install tox
(myenv) $ tox


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