Installing django-crispy-forms

Install latest stable version into your python path using pip or easy_install:

pip install --upgrade django-crispy-forms

If you want to install development version (unstable), you can do so doing:

pip install django-crispy-forms==dev

Add crispy_forms to your INSTALLED_APPS in


Template packs

Since version 1.1.0 of django-crispy-forms has built-in support for two different CSS frameworks, known as template packs within django-crispy-forms:

  • Bootstrap The default template pack. The popular simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and Javascript for user interfaces from Twitter.
  • Uni-form Nice looking, well structured, highly customizable, accessible and usable forms.

If your form CSS framework is not supported, you can create a template pack for it and submit a pull request in github. You can easily switch between both using CRISPY_TEMPLATE_PACK setting variable, setting it to bootstrap or uni_form.

Setting media files

You will need to include the proper media files, depending on what CSS framework you are using. This might involve one or more CSS and JS files. Read CSS framework’s docs for help on how to set it up.

Uni-form static files

Uni-form files are composed of two CSS files and one JS library based on jQuery. Uni-form’s JS library provides some nice interactions, but you will need to link a copy of jQuery. Preferably you should use a version hosted on Google’s CDN servers since the user’s browser might already have it cached.

For linking Uni-form static files add the proper lines to your HTML head. This is an example on how to do it if you are using STATIC_URL:

<!-- note that there's also blue.uni-form.css and dark.uni-form.css available if you want to try changing defaults up -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ STATIC_URL }}uni_form/uni-form.css" type="text/css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ STATIC_URL }}uni_form/default.uni-form.css" type="text/css" />
<!-- uni-form JS library, optional -->
<script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}uni_form/uni-form.jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Activate uni-form.jquery

If you link Uni-form JS library do not forget to activate given forms:



django-crispy-forms is a Django application that lets you easily build, customize and reuse forms using your favorite CSS framework, without writing template code and without having to take care of annoying details. You are currently looking at the documentation of the development release.


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