by frankwiles

Easily link custom admin views and direct URLs into the Django admin

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While "the admin is not your app", it is often useful to be able to easily add a bit of functionality to the admin for internal staff or other internal users that are tech savvy enough to use the admin.

There are several third party project such as

_, but they require the user to redefine the object. This is fine for developers who are setting up a Django project, but not ideal for developers who are writing third party tools for other developers to use in their projects.

django-admin-views attempts to solve this by simply overriding the admin templates to provide two features:

  1. Easily define custom admin views and link them on the admin pages
  2. Easily add in external URL links

Installation Steps

  1. pip install django-admin-views
  2. Add

    in your
    before admin site, i.e.

If you are using a custom Admin Site, you'll need to configure the

setting to point to your admin site instance::
ADMIN_VIEWS_SITE = 'myproject.admin.admin_site'


All of this magic happens in your model's admin definition. You simply subclass your admin from

instead of the standard
. In this example we have a custom view that does nothing but redirect the user to CNN and a direct URL link that goes to my company's homepage::
from django.contrib import admin
from django.shortcuts import redirect

from admin_views.admin import AdminViews

from example_app.models import TestModel

class TestAdmin(AdminViews): admin_views = ( ('Redirect to CNN', 'redirect_to_cnn'), ('Go to', ''), )

def redirect_to_cnn(self, *args, **kwargs):
    return redirect(''), TestAdmin)

These will now show up in the admin below the usual Django admin model CRUD interfaces for

with a couple of different icons to distinquish between custom admin views and a direct URL link.

With this third-party developers need only instruct their users to install their app and


Hope you find it useful and as always feedback is certainly welcome.


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Frank Wiles [email protected]


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