Django documentation

Everything you need to know about Django.

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How the documentation is organized

Django has a lot of documentation. A high-level overview of how it’s organized will help you know where to look for certain things:

  • Tutorials take you by the hand through a series of steps to create a Web application. Start here if you’re new to Django or Web application development. Also look at the “First steps” below.
  • Topic guides discuss key topics and concepts at a fairly high level and provide useful background information and explanation.
  • Reference guides contain technical reference for APIs and other aspects of Django’s machinery. They describe how it works and how to use it but assume that you have a basic understanding of key concepts.
  • How-to guides are recipes. They guide you through the steps involved in addressing key problems and use-cases. They are more advanced than tutorials and assume some knowledge of how Django works.

The view layer

Django has the concept of “views” to encapsulate the logic responsible for processing a user’s request and for returning the response. Find all you need to know about views via the links below:

The template layer

The template layer provides a designer-friendly syntax for rendering the information to be presented to the user. Learn how this syntax can be used by designers and how it can be extended by programmers:


Django provides a rich framework to facilitate the creation of forms and the manipulation of form data.

The development process

Learn about the various components and tools to help you in the development and testing of Django applications:

The admin

Find all you need to know about the automated admin interface, one of Django’s most popular features:


Security is a topic of paramount importance in the development of Web applications and Django provides multiple protection tools and mechanisms:

Internationalization and localization

Django offers a robust internationalization and localization framework to assist you in the development of applications for multiple languages and world regions:

Performance and optimization

There are a variety of techniques and tools that can help get your code running more efficiently - faster, and using fewer system resources.

Python compatibility

Django aims to be compatible with multiple different flavors and versions of Python:

Geographic framework

GeoDjango intends to be a world-class geographic Web framework. Its goal is to make it as easy as possible to build GIS Web applications and harness the power of spatially enabled data.

Other core functionalities

Learn about some other core functionalities of the Django framework:

The Django open-source project

Learn about the development process for the Django project itself and about how you can contribute:

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