Django Template Tags and Filters - A Comprehensive Guide


Template tags and filters are powerful tools in Django for processing and displaying dynamic data within your HTML templates. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the use of template tags and filters in Django templates. You'll learn how to manipulate data, perform conditional logic, and format content for a dynamic and engaging user experience.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Django Project: You should have a Django project with HTML templates where you want to use template tags and filters.
  • Python Knowledge: Basic knowledge of Python programming is essential.
  • Django Knowledge: Familiarity with Django's template system and syntax is recommended.

Step 1: Using Template Tags

Template tags allow you to insert dynamic content, perform loops, and create conditional statements within your Django templates. Some commonly used template tags include

{% for %}
{% if %}
, and
{% include %}

Sample Template Tags

Use a

{% for %}
loop to iterate over a list and display items:

{% for item in item_list %}
<li>{{ item }}</li>
{% endfor %}

Step 2: Applying Template Filters

Template filters modify the content you display in your templates. Django provides a wide range of built-in filters, such as

{{ variable|default:"No value" }}
{{ text|linebreaksbr }}

Sample Template Filters

Use the

{{ variable|default }}
filter to provide a default value if a variable is undefined:

{{ undefined_variable|default:"This is a default value" }}

Step 3: Creating Custom Template Filters (Optional)

You can also create custom template filters to extend Django's filter capabilities. Define custom filters in a Python module and register them in your Django application.

Sample Custom Template Filter

Define a custom filter function in a Python module, and register it in your Django application:

# myapp/templatetags/
from django import template
from myapp.models import custom_filter_function
register = template.Library()
def my_custom_filter(value):
return custom_filter_function(value)


Django template tags and filters are essential for creating dynamic and interactive templates in your web applications. This guide provides the foundational knowledge to leverage the power of template tags and filters effectively in your Django projects.