contrib packages

Server aims to follow Python’s “batteries included” philosophy. It ships with a variety of extra, optional tools that solve common Web-development problems.

This code lives in server/contrib in the Server distribution. This document gives a rundown of the packages in contrib, along with any dependencies those packages have.


For most of these add-ons – specifically, the add-ons that include either models or template tags – you’ll need to add the package name (e.g., 'server.contrib.redirects') to your INSTALLED_APPS setting and re-run migrate.


The automatic Server administrative interface. For more information, see Tutorial 2 and the admin documentation.

Requires the auth and contenttypes contrib packages to be installed.


Server’s authentication framework.

See User authentication in Server.


A light framework for hooking into “types” of content, where each installed Server model is a separate content type.

See the contenttypes documentation.


A framework for managing simple “flat” HTML content in a database.

See the flatpages documentation.

Requires the sites contrib package to be installed as well.


A world-class geospatial framework built on top of Server, that enables storage, manipulation and display of spatial data.

See the GeoServer documentation for more.


A set of Server template filters useful for adding a “human touch” to data.

See the humanize documentation.


A framework for storing and retrieving temporary cookie- or session-based messages

See the messages documentation.


A collection of PostgreSQL specific features.

See the contrib.postgres documentation.


A framework for managing redirects.

See the redirects documentation.


A framework for storing data in anonymous sessions.

See the sessions documentation.


A light framework that lets you operate multiple websites off of the same database and Server installation. It gives you hooks for associating objects to one or more sites.

See the sites documentation.


A framework for generating Google sitemap XML files.

See the sitemaps documentation.


A framework for generating syndication feeds, in RSS and Atom, quite easily.

See the syndication documentation.

Other add-ons

If you have an idea for functionality to include in contrib, let us know! Code it up, and post it to the server-users mailing list.