Django-dynamic-preferences documentation

Dynamic-preferences is a Django app, BSD-licensed, designed to help you manage your project settings. While most of the time, a file is sufficient, there are some situations where you need something more flexible such as:

  • per-user settings (or, generally speaking, per instance settings)
  • settings change without server restart

For per-instance settings, you could actually store them in some kind of profile model. However, it means that every time you want to add a new setting, you need to add a new column to the profile DB table. Not very efficient.

Dynamic-preferences allow you to register settings (a.k.a. preferences) in a declarative way. Preferences values are serialized before storage in database, and automatically deserialized when you need them.

With dynamic-preferences, you can update settings on the fly, through django’s admin or custom forms, without restarting your application.

The project is tested and work under Python 2.7 and 3.4, with django >=1.7.


  • Simple to setup
  • Admin integration
  • Forms integration
  • Bundled with global and per-user preferences
  • Can be extended to other models if need (e.g. per-site preferences)
  • Integrates with django caching mechanisms to improve performance

If you’re still interested, head over Installation.