Django URLs naming conventions and best practices

Django URLs naming conventions and best practices

Mar 9, 2023·

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Here are the most common Django URL naming conventions:

  1. app_name:namespace: Define an app-level namespace for your URLs by setting the app_name variable in the app's file. This can help avoid naming conflicts if you have multiple apps.

  2. name: Assign a name to each URL pattern using the name attribute. This makes it easier to reference the URL in other parts of the code, such as templates or views.

  3. modelname-list: Use this convention when defining URLs that list all instances of a model.

  4. modelname-detail: Use this convention when defining URLs that show a specific instance of a model.

  5. action-modelname: Use this convention for URLs that perform actions on a specific instance of a model, like updating or deleting.

  6. app-name-function-name: Use this convention for non-model-related URLs, where the name of the function describes the action being performed.

  7. app_name:namespace:name: Use a combination of the above conventions to ensure unique and descriptive URL names that help organize your code.

Keep in mind that these conventions are not mandatory, and you can customize your URL names based on your application's needs. However, using descriptive and standardized URL names can help improve code readability and make it easier to maintain your application as it grows.

Here are some Django URL naming best practices and examples:

  1. Use descriptive names that reflect the functionality of the view or URL:
# bad example
path('article/', views.my_view, name='article')

# good example
path('article/', views.article_list, name='article-list')
  1. Use lowercase letters and hyphens instead of underscores:
# bad example
path('Article_add/', views.article_add, name='Article_add')

# good example
path('article/add', views.article_add, name='article-add')
  1. Use namespaces to organize URLs:
# bad example
path('article/', views.ArticleView.as_view(), name='article_view')
path('comment/', views.CommentView.as_view(), name='comment_view')

# good example
app_name = 'blog'
urlpatterns = [
    path('article/', views.ArticleView.as_view(), name='article_view'),
    path('comment/', views.CommentView.as_view(), name='comment_view'),
  1. Name your URLs to avoid using hard-coded URLs in your code:
# bad example
<a href="/article/">Article</a>

# good example
<a href="{% url 'blog:article_view' %}">Article</a>

By following these best practices, your URLs will be easier to read, understand, and maintain.