This package contains an extra panel for the excellent django-debug-toolbar.

The purpose is to automatically reload the page if a template that was used to render the current page is changed. It is for your browser what the runserver's auto-reload feature is for your python code.

Watch this screencast for a short introduction:


  1. Put the debug_toolbar_autoreload source folder in your PYTHONPATH.
  2. Add 'debug_toolbar_autoreload' to your INSTALLED_APPS settings.
  3. Add 'debug_toolbar_autoreload.AutoreloadPanel' to your DEBUG_TOOLBAR_PANELS.

This means your settings file should look something like:

    # ... other apps ...

    # default panels

    # autoreload panel

Requirements: Django 1.4 or higher is required since we need a multithreaded development server.


  1. Download and setup the project:

    git clone
    cd django-debug-toolbar-autoreload
    virtualenv .
    source bin/activate
    pip install -r requirements/development.txt
    python syncdb
    python runserver
  2. Open one of the demo pages from http://localhost:8000/ in your browser.

  3. Hack

  4. Send a pull request