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Using TinyMCE with Django

Want to use a WYSIWYG editor within your Django webapp? TinyMCE is a good choice and the best: there is a Django module that makes the implementation as easy as pie.

When I programmed the backend of this this blog website, I decided to include a WYSIWYG editor for the content area of the blog articles.

Generally, I don't like WYSIWYG editors very much, but since I wanted to show examples of source code, I found this tool very helpful. After a short market research I decided to use TinyMCE. The good thing about TinyMCE, regardless of the numerous configuration options and plug-ins, is the fact that there is a Django package.

First download the community edition of TinyMCE: and the language package of your choice: and put it in your "static" folder.

Then install the Django package.

$ pip install django-tinymce

Add the package to INSTALLED_APPS in your


Now, configure TinyMCE in your Here is an example of my configuration.

TINYMCE_JS_URL = os.path.join(STATIC_URL, "js/tinymce/tinymce.min.js")
TINYMCE_JS_ROOT = os.path.join(STATIC_URL, "js/tinymce")

    'height' : 300,
    'plugins': "image,imagetools,media,codesample,link,code",
    'cleanup_on_startup': True,
    'menubar': False,
    'toolbar': "styleselect |undo redo | bold italic | alignleft aligncenter alignright | link image media codesample code",
    'image_caption': True,
    'image_advtab': True,
    'custom_undo_redo_levels': 10,
    'file_browser_callback' : "myFileBrowser"

The result of the above configuration looks like the following:


Enable TinyMCE in your where you want it to be shown.

from tinymce.widgets import TinyMCE
class PostForm(forms.ModelForm):
    text = forms.CharField(widget=TinyMCE(attrs={'cols': 80, 'rows':50,'class': 'form-control'}))

To get the file browser button working, I had to put in the JavaScript function I configured in ('file_browser_callback' : "myFileBrowser") into the regarding template file:

function myFileBrowser (field_name, url, type, win) {
        var cmsURL = '{% url 'media_list_editor' %}';

        if (cmsURL.indexOf("?") < 0) {
            cmsURL = cmsURL + "?type=" + type;
        else {
            cmsURL = cmsURL + "&type=" + type;
            file : cmsURL,
            title : 'Bilddatenbank',
            width : 800,
            height : 600,
            resizable : "yes",
            inline : "yes",
            close_previous : "no"
        }, {
            window : win,
            input : field_name
        return false;


Now I had a working WYSIWYG editor in my Django application.