The application can enable TinyMCE for one form field using the widget keyword argument of Field constructors or for all textareas on a page using a view.

Using the widget

If you use the widget (recommended) you need to add some python code and possibly modify your template.

Python code

The TinyMCE widget can be enabled by setting it as the widget for a formfield. For example, to use a nice big TinyMCE widget for the content field of a flatpage form you could use the following code:

from django import forms
from django.contrib.flatpages.models import FlatPage
from tinymce.widgets import TinyMCE

class FlatPageForm(forms.ModelForm):
    content = forms.CharField(widget=TinyMCE(attrs={'cols': 80, 'rows': 30}))

    class Meta:
        model = FlatPage

The widget accepts the following extra keyword argument:

mce_attrs (default: {})
Extra TinyMCE configuration options. Options from settings.TINYMCE_DEFAULT_CONFIG (see Configuration) are applied first and can be overridden. Python types are automatically converted to Javascript types, using standard JSON encoding. For example, to disable word wrapping you would include 'nowrap': True.

The tinymce application adds one TinyMCE configuration option that can be set using mce_attrs (it is not useful as a default configuration):

content_language (default: django.utils.translation.get_language_code())
The language of the widget content. Will be used to set the language, directionality and spellchecker_languages configuration options of the TinyMCE editor. It may be different from the interface language, which defaults to the current Django language and can be changed using the language configuration option in mce_attrs)


The widget requires a link to the TinyMCE javascript code. The django.contrib.admin templates do this for you automatically, so if you are just using tinymce in admin forms then you are done. In your own templates containing a TinyMCE widget you must add the following to the HTML HEAD section (assuming you named your form ‘form’):

    {{ }}

See also the section of form media in the Django documentation.

The HTMLField model field type

For lazy developers the tinymce application also contains a model field type for storing HTML. It uses the TinyMCE widget to render its form field. In this example, the admin will render the my_field field using the TinyMCE widget:

from django.db import models
from tinymce import models as tinymce_models

class MyModel(models.Model):
    my_field = tinymce_models.HTMLField()

In all other regards, HTMLField behaves just like the standard Django TextField field type.

Using the view

If you cannot or will not change the widget on a form you can also use the tinymce-js named view to convert some or all textfields on a page to TinyMCE editors. On the template of the page, add the following lines to the HEAD element:

<script src="{{ STATIC_URL }}js/tiny_mce/tiny_mce.js"></script>
<script src="{% url "tinymce-js" "NAME" %}"></script>

The use of STATIC_URL needs the django.core.context_processors.static context processors.

You may want to use``{% static %}`` instead like:

<script src="{% static "js/tiny_mce/tiny_mce.js" %}"></script>
<script src="{% url "tinymce-js" "NAME" %}"></script>

Be careful that some STATICFILES_STORAGE will modify your tiny_mce.js file name and your file will fail to load.

The NAME argument allows you to create multiple TinyMCE configurations. Now create a template containing the Javascript initialization code. It should be placed in the template path as NAME/tinymce_textareas.js or tinymce/NAME_textareas.js.


    mode: "textareas",
    theme: "silver",
    plugins: "spellchecker,directionality,paste,searchreplace",
    language: "{{ language }}",
    directionality: "{{ directionality }}",
    spellchecker_languages : "{{ spellchecker_languages }}",
    spellchecker_rpc_url : "{{ spellchecker_rpc_url }}"

This example also shows the variables you can use in the template. The language variables are based on the current Django language. If the content language is different from the interface language use the tinymce-js-lang view which takes a language (LANG_CODE) argument:

<script src="{% url "tinymce-js-lang" "NAME","LANG_CODE" %}"></script>