django-articles is the blog engine that I use on


  • Tags for articles, with a tag cloud template tag
  • Auto-completion for tags in the Django admin
  • Ability to post in the future
  • Article expiration facilities
  • Articles from email
  • Article attachments
  • Article statuses--"draft" and "finished" are there by default
  • Allows articles to be written in plain text/HTML or using Markdown, ReStructured Text, or Textile markup
  • Related articles
  • Follow-up articles
  • Comments by Disqus
  • Article archive, with pagination
  • Internationalization-ready
  • Detects links in articles and creates a per-article index for you
  • Word count
  • RSS feeds for the latest articles
  • RSS feeds for the latest articles by tag


django-articles wants a modern version of Django--something after 1.1. It used to rely on django.contrib.comments for commenting needs, but I recently switched to Disqus. Included herein is a management command to convert django.contrib.comments comments to Disqus.

This project also expects django.contrib.sites, django.contrib.admin, django.contrib.markup, django.contrib.auth, django.contrib.humanize, and django.contrib.syndication to be properly installed.


Download django-articles using one of the following methods:

Checkout from Mercurial

Use one of the following commands:

hg clone django-articles
hg clone

The CheeseShop

Use one of the following commands:

pip install django-articles
easy_install django-articles


First of all, you must add this project to your list of INSTALLED_APPS in


Run syncdb. This creates a few tables in your database that are necessary for operation.

Next, set a couple of settings in your

  • DISQUS_USER_API_KEY: Your user API key from Disqus. This is free, and you can learn how to get it from Disqus's API Page or you can try when you're logged into Disqus. You only need this one if you're going to be converting comments from django.contrib.comments to Disqus.
  • DISQUS_FORUM_SHORTNAME: The name of your Disqus site. This is what's used to link comments to your site.

Also, make sure that you have the following context processors in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS tuple:

  • django.contrib.auth.context_processors.auth
  • django.core.context_processors.i18n
  • django.core.context_processors.request

Template Integration

There are several template blocks that django-articles expects your base.html file to contain:

  • title
  • meta-keywords
  • meta-description
  • extra-head
  • content
  • footer

Tag Auto-Completion

If you would like to take advantage of the auto-completion feature for tags, copy the files from the articles/media directories into your static media directory. django-articles expects to find each of those directories/files in your settings.MEDIA_URL directory--if this does not suit your needs, you may override the Media class of articles.forms.ArticleAdminForm with the appropriate paths.

Another assumption that is made by this feature is that the prefix you assign to your django-articles installation in your ROOT_URLCONF will be ^blog/. For example:

url(r'^blog', include('articles.urls')),

If this does not match your installation, all you need to change is the js/tag_autocomplete.js to reflect the proper path.

When that's done, you should be able to begin using django-articles!

Articles From Email

Added In 1.9.2

The articles from email feature was added in version 1.9.2. It requires Python 2.4 or greater.

I've been working on making it possible for django-articles to post articles that you email to a special mailbox. This seems to be working on the most basic levels right now. It's not been tested in very many scenarios, and I would appreciate it if you could post problems with it in the ticket tracker at so we can make it work really well.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Any active user who is a django.contrib.auth.models.User and has an email address associated with their user information is a valid sender for articles from email. This is how the author of an article is determined.

  • Only the following fields are currently populated by the articles from email feature:

    • author
    • title
    • slug (uniqueness is handled)
    • content
    • markup
    • publish_date
    • is_active

    Any and all other attributes about an article must be configured later on using the standard mechanisms (aka the Django admin).

  • There is a new management command to handle all of the magic for this feature: check_for_articles_from_email. This command is intended to be called either manually or via external scheduling utilities (like cron)

  • Email messages are deleted after they are turned into articles. This means that you should probably have a special mailbox dedicated to django-articles and articles from email. However, only emails whose sender matches the email address of an active user are deleted (as described above).

  • Attachments are currently not bothered with. Don't worry, they will be in the future. :D


There are several new variables that you can configure in your to enable articles from email, specifying a ARTICLES_FROM_EMAIL dictionary:

  • protocol - Either IMAP4 or POP3. Default: IMAP4

  • host - The mail server. Example:

  • port - The port to use to connect to your mail server

  • keyfile - The keyfile used to access your mail server. This is only used if ssl is True, and even then it's optional. untested

  • certfile - The certfile used to access your mail server. This is only used if ssl is True, and even then it's optional. untested

  • user - The username used to access your mailbox

  • password - The password associated with the user to access your mailbox

  • ssl - Whether or not to connect to the mail server using SSL. Default: False

  • autopost - Whether or not to automatically post articles that are created from email messages. If this is False, the articles will be marked as inactive and you must manually make them active. Default: False

  • markup - The default markup language to use for articles from email. Options include:

    • h for HTML/plain text
    • m for Markdown
    • r for reStructuredText
    • t for Textile

    Default: h

  • acknowledge - Whether or not to email out an acknowledgment message when articles are created from email. Default: False

Example configuration:

    'protocol': 'IMAP4',
    'host': '',
    'port': 9000,
    'keyfile': '/path/to/keyfile',
    'certfile': '/path/to/certfile',
    'user': 'your_username',
    'password': 'your_password',
    'ssl': True,
    'autopost': True,
    'markup': 'r',
    'acknowledge': True,

Article Attachments

You can now attach files to your articles and have them be included with the article on the site. Attachments can be created using the Django admin while composing your articles. You may also attach files to emails that you send to the special mailbox (described above) if you so desire.

Article Statuses

As of 1.9.6, you may specify the state of an article when you save it. This allows you to begin composing an article, save it, and come back later to finish it. In the past, this behavior was handled by not setting a publish date for the article. However, saving an unfinished article with a non-live status allows superusers to view the article on the site as though it were live. In the future, I plan to allow authors to view non-live versions of their articles.

The default status for an article will always be the Article Status object with the lowest ordering value. This includes negative integers. If you want all articles to be Finished by default, go ahead and update the ordering on that object to be less than the ordering value for the Draft object (and/or any others you create).

Good luck! Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have with the project!