Django Filemanager

A simple Django app to browse files on server
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Filemanager is a simple Django app to browse files on server. You can also integrate this filemanager with CKEditor.


  • Python (2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7)
  • Django (1.8, 1.11)



Quick start

Install it by

pip install -e git+

Add "filemanager" to your INSTALLED_APPS setting like this::



  • As a filemanager : To upload files on server by a user to a directory and let him manage his directory by adding, renaming and deleting files and folders inside it.

  • Integrating it with CKEditor for the functionality of "Browse Server".

As a filemanager

In of your app to make filemanager run at url /abc/.

from django.conf.urls import url

from filemanager import path_end
from views import view

urlpatterns = (
   url(r'^abc/' + path_end, view, name='view'),

Then write the view in of your app:

from django.conf import settings

from filemanager import FileManager

def view(request, path):
    extensions = ['html', 'htm', 'zip', 'py', 'css', 'js', 'jpeg', 'jpg', 'png']
    fm = FileManager(settings.MEDIA_ROOT, extensions=extensions)
    return fm.render(request, path)

And it is done, you can find above code in tests directory.

Adding constraints to Filemanager : FileManager __init__ is defined as:

def __init__(self, basepath, ckeditor_baseurl='', maxfolders=50, maxspace=5 * 1024, maxfilesize=1 * 1024,
             public_url_base=None, extensions=None):
    basepath: User's directory basepath in server.
    maxfolders: Maximum number of total nested folders allowed inside the user directory.
    maxspace (in KB): Maximum space allowed for the user directory.
    maxfilesize (in KB): Limit for the size of an uploaded file allowed in user directory.
    extensions: List of extensions allowed. Ex. ['pdf','html'] etc.
    public_base_url: A base_url if given there will be an option to copy file url with the given url_base.

Hence one should also pass arguments like maxfolders, maxspace, maxfilesize if one doesn't want to use the default ones. If extensions list is not passed then all file-extensions are allowed for upload.

Integrating with CKEditor

Use filemanager.models.CKEditorField field in you model. Or you can use filemanager.widgets.CKEditorWidget as a widget for CKEditor in forms. Both classes can take an extra argument filemanager_url while making instances from them.

Suppose you want to run filemanager at url /abc/ in your app then make changes in and like above. Then in CKEditorField or CKEditorWidget pass the url of filemanager as argument filemanager_url. For example in

from django.db import models

from filemanager.models import CKEditorField

class MyModel(models.Model):
    content = CKEditorField(filemanager_url='/app/abc/')
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