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django-alphafilter 0.2

An alphabetical filter for Django's admin that works like date_hierarchy

Latest Version: 0.8

Django AlphaFilter

Django AlphaFilter was designed to work like Django’s default date_hierarchy admin filter. It puts an clickable alphabet in the same location as the date hierarchy - at the top of the results list.


  1. The easiest method is to use pip or easy_install

    pip install django-alphafilter


    easy_install django-alphafilter
  2. If you download the source, you can install it by running the script:

    cd /path/to/django-alphafilter/
    python install

3. Add 'alphafilter' to your project’s file, so Django will find the templates and template tag.

Default Alphabet

The default alphabet is the list of characters displayed in the admin even if there is no data for that character. As there is data, the letters of the alphabet are enabled. Any characters not in the default alphabet, but that exist in the data, are added dynamically.

Due to issues regarding devising the proper alphabet by language, the default alphabet is a setting named DEFAULT_ALPHABET. The default setting is the ASCII alphabet and digits. You can set the DEFAULT_ALPHABET to a string or list or tuple.

If you only what the ASCII characters, no digits:


For the German alphabet:


For the Icelandic alphabet:

DEFAULT_ALPHABET = u'0123456789A\xc1BD\xd0E\xc9FGHI' \

The ordering of the alphabet will not stay the same as entered, it is sorted through Python’s list sort method.

Using Alphabet Filter on a Model

In the model’s set alphabet_filter to the name of a character field. For example:

alphabet_filter = 'name'

You also have to create a template for the model (or application) that will override the admin’s change_list.html template.

Within your project’s template directory, you need to create an admin directory, and a directory with the name of the application, and optionally the name of the model. For example, if you were adding the filter on the Tag model of an application named cooltags, the directory structure would look like:


Create a document named change_list.html and put it in either the application (templates/admin/cooltags) directory, to have it work for every model within that application or put it in the model directory (templates/admin/cooltags/tag) to have it work only for that model.

The change_list.html document should only contain one line:

{% extends "alphafilter/change_list.html" %}


You cannot place this template in the admin directory, as it leads to an infinite loop.

Check out the github page at

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django-alphafilter-0.2.tar.gz (md5) Source 2010-07-19 241KB