Getting started


Python >= 2.5
Django >= 1.3

jQuery >= 1.4 is required if you want to take advantage of AJAX features described above and in Templatetags reference.

pip install mongoengine is needed if you want to use the MongoDB backend.


The Mercurial repository of the application can be cloned with this command:

hg clone

The bookmarks package, included in the distribution, should be placed on the PYTHONPATH.

Otherwise you can just pip install django-generic-bookmarks.


Add the request context processor in your, e.g.:

from django.conf.global_settings import TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS

Add 'bookmarks' to the INSTALLED_APPS in your

The application, by default, uses Django models to save bookmarks in the database. If you want to use MongoDB instead, just add in your

GENERIC_BOOKMARKS_BACKEND = 'bookmarks.backends.MongoBackend'

See Customization section in this documentation for other settings options and Backends reference for a detailed description of provided backends.

Add the bookmarks urls to your, e.g.:

(r'^bookmarks/', include('bookmarks.urls')),

Time to create the needed database tables using syncdb management command:

./ syncdb


To allow a user to bookmark a Django model instance, the model must be registered as bookmarkable, i.e. the system must know that instances of that model can be bookmarked by users.

For example, if you have an Article model and you want users to add articles to their favourites, you must register the model as bookmarkable, e.g.:

from bookmarks.handlers import library

You can register models anywhere you like. However, you’ll need to make sure that the module it’s in gets imported early on so that the model gets registered before any bookmark is saved by the user. This makes your app’s a good place to put the above code.

Under the hood you have registered the Article model with a default bookmark handler. Handlers are Python classes encapsulating bookmarking options for a given model, while library is a singleton registry that stores handlers. For a detailed explanation see Using handlers.

Now it’s time to let your users add an article to his favourites, and this is possible using one of the provided templatetags. In the code below we assume that article is the Article model instance.

{% load bookmarks_tags %}

{% bookmark_form for article %}

This code snippet just displays a form to add or remove the article from user’s favourites.

AJAX is also supported using jQuery, e.g.:

{% load bookmarks_tags %}

<script src="path/to/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}bookmarks/bookmarks.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

{% bookmark_form for article %}

It is possible to get the form as a template variable in the current context instead of displaying it. This way we can customize the way the form is presented, e.g.:

{% bookmark_form for article as form %} {# <-- note the 'as' argument #}

<script src="path/to/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}bookmarks/bookmarks.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

{% if form %}
    {% if user.is_authenticated %}
        <form action="{% url bookmarks_bookmark %}" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8" class="bookmarks_form">
            {% csrf_token %}
            {{ form }}
            {% with form.bookmark_exists as exists %}
                {# another hidden input is created to handle javascript submit event #}
                <input class="bookmarks_toggle" type="submit" value="add"{% if exists %} style="display: none;"{% endif %}/>
                <input class="bookmarks_toggle" type="submit" value="remove"{% if not exists %} style="display: none;"{% endif %}/>
            {% endwith %}
            <span class="error" style="display: none;">Error during process</span>
    {% else %}
        Handle anonymous users.
    {% endif %}
{% endif %}

This application provides other templatetags (e.g.: for bookmarks retreival) and the bookmark_form has other useful options, explained in detail in Templatetags reference.

Note that the form template variable will be None if:
  • the user is not authenticated
  • the instance is not bookmarkable
  • the key is not allowed

What is a key? It is a way to define different kind of bookmarks. For example, a user can add the article to his liked or to his disliked, and so we need a key to tell the system what he is doing. But this is an argument for the next section: Using handlers.