Views and Templates

Autocomplete views

Although Tagulous doesn't need any views by default, it does provide generic views in tagulous/ to support AJAX autocomplete requests.

response = autocomplete(request, tag_model)

This takes the request object from the dispatcher, and a reference to the tag model which this is autocompleting.

You can also pass in a QuerySet of the tag model, instead of the tag model itself, in order to filter the tags which will be returned.

It returns an HttpResponse with content type application/json. The response content is a JSON-encoded object with one key, results, which is a list of tags.

response = autocomplete_login(request, tag_model)

Same as autocomplete, except is decorated with Django auth's login_required.

These views look for two GET parameters:


A query string to filter results by - used to match against the start of the string.

Note: if using a sqlite database, matches on a case sensitive tag model may not be case sensitive - see the case_sensitive option for more details.


The page number to return, if autocomplete_limit is set on the tag model.

Default: 1

For an example, see the Autocomplete AJAX Views example.

Tag clouds

Tag clouds are a common way to display tags. Rather than have a template tag with templates and options for every eventuality, Tagulous simply offers a weight() method on tag querysets, which adds a weight annotation to tag objects:

# myapp/
def tag_cloud(request):
    tags = MyModel.tags.tag_model.objects.weight()

The weight value will be a number between TAGULOUS_WEIGHT_MIN and TAGULOUS_WEIGHT_MAX (see Settings), although these can be overridden by passing arguments to weight() for new min and/or max values, eg:

tags = TagModel.objects.weight(min=2, max=4)

You can then render the tag cloud in your template as any other queryset, with complete control over how they are displayed:

{% if tags %}
    {% for tag in tags %}
        <a href="{{ tag.get_absolute_url }}" class="tag_{{ tag.weight }}">
            {{ }}
    {% endfor %}
{% endif %}

In that example, you would then define CSS classes for tag_1 to tag_6, which set the appropriate font styles.

If you wanted to insert the tag cloud on every page, it would be easy to wrap up in a custom template tag:

# myapp/templatetags/
from django import template
from myapp import models

register = template.Library()
def show_results(poll):
    tags = models.MyModel.tags.tag_model.objects.weight()
    return {'tags': tags}

# myapp/templates/tagcloud.html - see template example above