Mezzanine is a content management platform built using the Django framework. It is BSD licensed and designed to provide both a consistent interface for managing content, and a simple architecture that makes diving in and hacking on the code as easy as possible.

Its goal is to resemble something like Wordpress, with an intuitive interface for managing pages and blog posts. Mezzanine takes a different approach from other Django applications in this space like Pinax or Mingus that glue together a lot of reusable apps, instead opting to provide most of its functionality included with the project by default.


On top of all the usual features provided by Django such as MVC architecture, ORM, templating, caching and the automatic admin interface, Mezzanine provides the following features.

The Mezzanine admin dashboard:


Apart from Django itself, Mezzanine has no explicit dependencies but is designed to be used most effectively in conjunction with the following libraries.


Assuming you have setuptools installed, the easiest method is to install directly from pypi by running the following command, which will also attempt to install the dependencies mentioned above:

$ easy_install -U mezzanine

Otherwise you can download Mezzanine and install it directly from source:

$ python install

Once installed, the command mezzanine-project should be available which can be used for creating a new Mezzanine project in a similar fashion to

$ mezzanine-project project_name

You can then run your project with the usual Django steps:

$ cd project_name
$ python syncdb
$ python runserver


Mezzanine is an open source project that is managed using both Git and Mercurial version control systems. These repositories are hosted on both Github and Bitbucket respectively, so contributing is as easy as forking the project on either of these sites and committing back your enhancements.


For general questions or comments, please join the mezzanine-users mailing list. To report a bug or other type of issue, please use the Github issue tracker.

Sites Using Mezzanine


  • "I am enjoying working with Mezzanine - it is good work." - Van Lindberg
  • "Impressed with mezzanine so far." - Brad Montgomery
  • "You need to check out the open source project Mezzanine. In one word: Elegant." - Nick Hagianis
  • "Mezzanine looks pretty interesting - tempting to get me off Wordpress." - Jesse Noller
  • "Who came up with the name Mezzanine? I love it, like a platform between the client's ideas and their published website. Very classy!" - Stephen White