Admin index for Django

django, index, dashboard
pip install django-admin-index==3.1.1


Admin Index for Django

Version: 3.1.1
Keywords: django, admin, dashboard

Build status Code quality checks black coverage BSD License Supported Python versions Supported Django versions pypi-version


This extension enables you to group, order and customize the Django admin index page without too much hassle or visual changes.

There are 2 concepts: Application groups and Application links. You can create an application group and add any model to it in the Django admin, under Admin index. Whether the models are shown to the user, depends on the regular Django permissions and whether it's registered in the admin.

An application link is simply a URL with a name that you can add to an application group. It shows as a regular Django model.

One final change in the Django admin is the removal of the App lists, that link to a list of models within an App. This concept became obsolete.

Ordered dashboard with dropdown menu. Manage Application groups. Configure application groups and add Application links.


You can install django_admin_index either via the Python Package Index (PyPI) or from source.

To install using pip:

$ pip install -U django-admin-index


To use this with your project you need to follow these steps:

  1. Add django_admin_index and ordered_model to INSTALLED_APPS in your Django project's Make sure that django_admin_index comes before django.contrib.admin:


    Note that there is no dash in the module name, only underscores.

  2. Create the database tables by performing a database migration:

    $ python migrate admin_index
  3. Go to the Django admin of your site and look for the "Application groups" section.


There are optional settings you can add to your


    Show all models that are not added to an Application group in a group called "Miscellaneous" for staff users.

    NOTE: If no Application groups are defined, it will show all models regardless of this setting.


    Show all models that are not added a to an Application group in a group called "Miscellaneous" for super users users.

    NOTE: If no Application groups are defined, it will show all models regardless of this setting.


    Automaticly creates an Application group, based on the app_label, for all the models that would be in the "Miscellaneous" group. If True, your Django admin will initially look as it normally would. It will not update existing Application groups.

  • ADMIN_INDEX_SHOW_MENU (defaults to: True)

    Show the admin index as a menu above the breadcrumbs. Submenu's are filled with the registered models.

  • ADMIN_INDEX_HIDE_APP_INDEX_PAGES (defaults to: True)

    Removes the links to the app index pages from the main index and the breadcrumbs.

  • ADMIN_INDEX_DISPLAY_DROP_DOWN_MENU_CONDITION_FUNCTION (defaults to django_admin_index.utils.should_display_dropdown_menu)

    A Python dotted path that can be imported to check when the dropdown menu should be displayed in the admin. The default implementation displays this menu if the user is a staff user and ADMIN_INDEX_SHOW_MENU is enabled.



By default, django-admin-index tabs/dropdowns are styled in the Django admin theme colours. On Django 3.2+ these are controlled through CSS variables in the static/admin/css/base.css stylesheet. These CSS variables are used as defaults for django-admin-index' own CSS variables.

See scss/_vars.scss for all the available CSS variables you can use to customize the color palette. A simple example:

:root {
  --djai-tab-bg: #ff0080;
  --djai-tab-bg--hover: #a91b60;

Any rules not supported by CSS vars can be overridden with regular CSS. All elements have CSS class names following the BEM methodology, such as .djai-dropdown-menu__item and .djai-dropdown-menu__item.djai-dropdown-menu__item--active.

Sticky header

The header (typically "Django administration") including the menu (added by this library) become sticky (ie. they stay visible when you scroll down on large pages). If you don't want this, you can add some CSS lines, like:

#header { position: initial; }
.djai-dropdown-menu { position: initial; }


You can also squeeze additional content in the breadcrumbs, just after Home. Simply overwrite the block breadcrumbs_pre_changelist in the admin templates you desire (change_list.html, change_form.html, etc.)

{% block breadcrumbs_pre_changelist %}
› Meaningful breadcrumb element
{% endblock %}


Contributors and maintainers can install the project locally with all test dependencies in a virtualenv:

(env) $ pip install -e .[tests,pep8,coverage,release]

Running the test suite

To run the tests for a single environment (currently installed in your virtualenv), use pytest:

(env) $ pytest

To run the complete build matrix, use tox:

(env) $ tox

Developing the frontend

To develop the stylesheets, you can use the included test project:

(env) $ python runserver

You also want to install the frontend tooling and run the SCSS compilation to CSS in watch mode:

npm install  # one time to get the dependencies installed
npm run watch

Once the result is satisfactory, you can make a production build of the stylesheets:

npm run scss

Then, commit the changes and make a pull request.