Aldryn Django (core Django)

Aldryn Django (aldryn-django) is a wrapper application that installs and provides basic configuration for Django.

See aldryn-django.aldryn_config (ensure that you switch to the correct branch) for the all settings it takes and how they are applied.

Most of the key settings are listed below.

Control Panel options

Some settings are exposed in the Aldryn Addon configuration form in the Control Panel. These settings will take priority over those entered as environment variables or in

Hash static file names

The Aldryn Django addon includes a Hash static file names option. When selected, Django’s ManifestStaticFilesStorage will be used as the storage backend. This appends an MD5 hash of each file’s contents to its filename, allowing caching headers to be safely set in the far future.

Aldryn Django configures uWSGI to set the Cache-Control header to one year on files with a hash in the filename.

Enable django.contrib.gis

Enables GeoDjango support. Adds django.contrib.gis to INSTALLED_APPS and sets the database engine to django.contrib.gis.db.backends.postgis.

For local development you will need to edit docker-compose.yml, changing postgres:9.6 to mdillon/postgis:9.6. On the cloud, you will need to make a support request to have the new database enabled for the project.

See Manage Postgres extensions for more details.

Remove URL language prefix for default language

When set, will add aldryn_django.middleware.LanguagePrefixFallbackMiddleware to the middleware.

This will cause Django not to use a language prefix in the URL when serving the default language. For example, by default, /about will redirect to /en/about if English is the default language; with this option selected, it will not (and will instead redirect in the other direction).

Note that prior to Django version 1.10, this will not work with projects in which multiple languages are defined.

This is a 302 Temporary Redirect, as determined in Django’s core. It is not safe to use permanent redirects here, because language redirects are content-dependent. A change in the site could cause redirect loops, as described at 301 Permanent vs 302 Temporary redirects, or spurious 404 errors.

Timeout for users session, in seconds

See SESSION_COOKIE_AGE in Session middleware settings.

Environment variable/ options


A list of domain names that will redirect to the site’s primary domain name.

By default, this is populated by the Control Panel. If required, it can also be specified as an environment variable on the Live server (recommended) or in

Setting this manually will allow you to add the internal Divio domain of the site, such as, to the domains that will redirect to the primary domain. (You may wish to do this if you don’t want users or search engines to discover your site at rather than


Note that if you specify DOMAIN_REDIRECTS manually, you will need to list all the secondary domains you want to handle, as it overrides the setting automatically generated by the Control Panel.


By default, redirects are 302 Temporary Redirect. When True, redirects (where this is appropriate) will be 301 Permanent Redirect.

Can be specified as an environment variable (recommended) or in

See 301 Permanent vs 302 Temporary redirects for more information.

Storage settings

Cache control for static files

Static files in our Django projects are collected by Django at build time, and served by uWSGI. Aldryn Django configures the command it issues to uWSGI to start static file serving on the basis of project settings. By default, files are served with no Cache-Control header applied.


The STATICFILES_DEFAULT_MAX_AGE determines the Cache-Control header value that uWSGI will use for unhashed files (see the Hash static file names option, above). It is not recommended to set this to high values, as the cached versions can continue to be used even after files themselves have been updated.


Applications using Aldryn Django will update media file headers by running:

python aldryn_update_s3_media_headers

as a release command; this can be controlled with the DISABLE_S3_MEDIA_HEADERS_UPDATE environment variable. The aldryn_update_s3_media_headers command can cause excessively long deployment times on very large media buckets, so setting this variable to True can avoid that.

Django server settings

See notes on DJANGO_WEB_WORKERS, DJANGO_WEB_MAX_REQUESTS, DJANGO_WEB_TIMEOUT in How to fine-tune your server’s performance.

Email settings

See Sending email in Divio applications for details of available settings.

Miscellaneous settings

  • DISABLE_GZIP determines whether Django’s GZipMiddleware will be added to the project’s middleware (default: False)

  • TIME_ZONE (default: the appropriate time zone for your server region)

  • SENTRY_DSN - if provided, logging to Sentry will be configured automatically