Django Terms and Conditions

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Django Terms and Conditions gives you an configurable way to send users to a T&C acceptance page before they can access the site.



This module is meant to be as quick to integrate as possible, and thus extensive customization will likely benefit from a fork. That said, a number of options are available. Currently, the app allows for

  • terms-and-conditions versioning (via version_number)
  • multiple terms-and-conditions allowed (via slug field)
  • per-user terms-and-conditions acceptance
  • middleware to take care of redirecting to proper terms-and-conditions acceptance page upon the version change
  • multi-language support


From pypi:

$ pip install django-termsandconditions


$ easy_install django-termsandconditions

or clone from github:

$ git clone git://

and add django-termsandconditions to the PYTHONPATH:

$ export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:$(pwd)/django-termsandconditions/


$ cd django-termsandconditions
$ sudo python install

Demo App

The termsandconditions_demo app is included to quickly let you see how to get a working installation going.

The demo is built as a mobile app using jQueryMobile loaded from the jQuery CDN.

Take a look at the requirements.txt file in the termsandconditions_demo directory for a quick way to use pip to install all the needed dependencies:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

The, file has a working configuration you can crib from.

The templates in the termsandconditions/templates, and termsandconditions_demo/templates directories give you a good idea of the kinds of things you will need to do if you want to provide a custom interface.


Configuration is minimal for termsandconditions itself, A quick guide to a basic setup is below, take a look at the demo app for more details.


The app needs django>=1.8.3,<2.1.


Add termsandconditions to installed applications:


Add urls to

In your, you need to pull in the termsandconditions and/or termsandconditions urls:

# Terms and Conditions
url(r'^terms/', include('termsandconditions.urls')),

Terms and Conditions

You will need to set up a Terms and Conditions entry in the admin (or via direct DB load) for users to accept if you want to use the T&C module.

Terms and Conditions Versioning

Note that the versions and dates of T&Cs are important. You can create a new version of a T&C with a future date, and once that date is in the past, it will force users to accept that new version of the T&Cs.

Terms and Conditions Middleware

You can force protection of your whole site by using the T&C middleware. Once activated, any attempt to access an authenticated page will first check to see if the user has accepted the active T&Cs. This can be a performance impact, so you can also use the _TermsAndConditionsDecorator to protect specific views, or the pipeline setup to only check on account creation.

Here is the middleware configuration:


By default, some pages are excluded from the middleware, you can configure exclusions with these settings:

ACCEPT_TERMS_PATH = '/terms/accept/'
TERMS_EXCLUDE_URL_LIST = {'/', '/terms/required/', '/logout/', '/securetoo/'}

TERMS_EXCLUDE_URL_PREFIX_LIST is a list of ‘starts with’ strings to exclude, while TERMS_EXCLUDE_URL_LIST is a list of explicit full paths to exclude. TERMS_EXCLUDE_URL_CONTAINS_LIST is a list of url fragments to check, if the url ‘contains’ that string, it is excluded. This can be particularly useful for i18n, where your url could get prepended with a language code.

You can also define a setting TERMS_EXCLUDE_USERS_WITH_PERM to exclude users with a custom permission you create yourself.:

TERMS_EXCLUDE_USERS_WITH_PERM 'MyModel.can_skip_terms'

This can be useful if you need to run continuous login integration tests or simply exclude specific users from having to accept your T&Cs. Note that we exclude superusers from this check due to Django’s has_perm() method returning True for any permission check, so adding this permission to a superuser has no effect.

Terms and Conditions Cache

To speed performance, especially for the middleware, the terms and their acceptance are cached.

You can control how long they are cached (or if they are cached at all) with this setting:


A numeric value is the number of seconds that the terms and their acceptance should be cached (default 30). If set to 0, values will never be cached.

Terms and Conditions View Decorator

You can protect only specific views with T&Cs using the @terms_required() decorator at the top of a function like this:

from termsandconditions.decorators import terms_required

def terms_required_view(request):

Note that you can skip @login_required only if you are forcing auth on that view in some other way.

Requiring T&Cs for Anonymous Users is not supported.

Many of the templates extend the ‘base.html’ template by default. The TERMS_BASE_TEMPLATE setting can be used to specify a different template to extend:


A bare minimum template that can be used is the following:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>[My Title]</title>
    {% block styles %}{% endblock %}
    <link href='<path-to-my-css>' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />
      <h2>{% block title %}{% endblock %}</h2>
      {% block content %}{% endblock %}

Terms and Conditions Template Tag

To facilitate support of terms changes without a direct redirection to the /terms/accept url, a template tag is supplied for convenience. Thus, instead of using e.g. the TermsAndConditionsRedirectMiddleware one can use the template tag. The template tag will take care that a proper modal is shown to the user informing a user that new terms have been set and need to be accepted. To use the template tag, do the following. In your template (for example in base.html), include the following lines:

{% load terms_tags %}
.... your template here ....

{% show_terms_if_not_agreed %}

Alternatively use:

{% load terms_tags %}
.... your template here ....

{% show_terms_if_not_agreed field='HTTP_REFERER' %}

if you want other than default TERMS_HTTP_PATH_FIELD to be used (this can also be controlled via settings, see below). This will ensure that on every page using the template (that is on each page using base.html in this case), respective T&C css and js are loaded to take care for handling the modal.

The modal will show the basic information about the new terms as well as a link to page which enables the user to accept these terms. Please note that a user may wish not to accept terms and close the modal. In such a case, the modal will be shown again as soon as another view with the template including the template tag is called. This simple mechanism allows to nag users with new T&C while still allowing them to use the service, without instant redirections.

The following configuration setting applies for the template tag:


which defaults to PATH_INFO. When needed (e.g. while using a separate AJAX view to take care for the modal) this can be changed to HTTP_REFERER.

Using terms with as_template filter

If you happen to use termsandconditions which text field includes some template tags (e.g. {% url 'you-url' %}), you may want to render its content, before including it into your template. To achieve this goal, use include with the as_template filter, i.e.:

{% load terms_tags %}
.... your template here ....

{% include terms|as_template %}

Note, that you need to modify the default termsandconditions templates, as the default ones use terms as template variable.

Terms and Conditions Pipeline

You can force T&C acceptance when a new user account is created using the django-socialauth pipeline:


Note that the configuration above also prevents django-socialauth from updating profile data from the social backends once a profile is created, due to:


…not being included in the pipeline. This is wise behavior when you are letting users update their own profile details.

This pipeline configuration will send users to the ‘/terms/accept’ page right before sending them on to whatever you have set SOCIAL_AUTH_NEW_USER_REDIRECT_URL to. However, it will not, without the middleware or decorators described above, check that the user has accepted the latest T&Cs before letting them continue on to viewing the site.

You can use the various T&C methods in concert depending on your needs.

Multi-Language Support

In case you are in need of your termsandconditions objects to handle multiple languages, we recommend to use django-modeltranslation <> (or similar) module. In case of django-modeltranslation the setup is rather straight forward, but needs several steps. Here they are.

1. Modify your

In your file, you need to specify the LANGUAGES and set MIGRATION_MODULES to point to a local migration directory for the termsandconditions module (the migration due to modeltranslation will live there):

    ('en', 'English'),
    ('pl', 'Polish'),

    # local path for migration for the termsandconditions
    'termsandconditions': 'your_app.migrations.migrations_termsandconditions',

Don’t forget to create the respective directory and the file there! Please note that migrations_termsandconditions directory name is used to avoid confusion with the T&C app name.

2. Make initial local migration

As we switch to the local migration for the termsandconditions module, we need to execute initial migration for the module (as a starting point). Thus:

python makemigrations termsandconditions

The relevant initial migration file should now be in your_app/migrations/migrations_termsandconditions directory. Now, just execute the migration:

python migrate termsandconditions

3. Add translation

To translate terms-and-conditions model to other languages (as specified in, create a file in your project, with the following content:

from modeltranslation.translator import translator, TranslationOptions
from termsandconditions.models import TermsAndConditions

class TermsAndConditionsTranslationOptions(TranslationOptions):
    fields = ('name', 'text', 'info')
translator.register(TermsAndConditions, TermsAndConditionsTranslationOptions)

This assumes you want to have 3 most relevant model fields translated. After that you just need to make migrations again (to account for new fields due to modeltranslation):

python makemigrations termsandconditions

That’s it. Your model is now ready to cover the translations! Just as hint we suggest to also include some data migration in order to populate newly created, translated fields (i.e. name_en, name_pl, etc.) with the initial data (e.g. by copying the content of the base field, i.e. name, etc.)