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Django admin apps and Content Security Policy compliance

Since Django 1.10 the bundled admin app does not use inline JavaScript anymore. This means that a vanilla installation of django.contrib.admin without any additional apps (and additional functionality) would already be Content Security Policy (CSP) compliant.

However, most – if not all – of our projects use apps that need to load additional JavaScript. Of course overriding templates is easy, and adding <script> tags as well, but this approach quickly leads to duplicated code in our projects. It got a little bit better since Django supports extending templates recursively, but I don’t really want to debug this if things go wrong.

An example for such an app is django-admin-ordering, an app which adds drag-drop reordering to inlines and changelists. The JavaScript code has to know the name of the ordering field and the name of inlines. django-js-asset provides a straightforward way of passing those attributes to the JavaScript code without having to override any templates, which helps keeping maintenance low. The app (ab)uses the forms.Media container to also add data attributes to script tags. Those data attributes only contain JSON which (according to my understanding of CSP) is safe.

Instead of this:


… we do this:

from js_asset import JS
            "data-admin-ordering": json.dumps().

And in the JavaScript code itself we can access the data using:

let el = document.querySelector("[data-admin-ordering]"),
    ctx = JSON.parse(el.dataset.adminOrdering)

The django-js-asset package is available on Github and PyPI.

(Updated in August 2017 to avoid using internal API of forms.Media which will be removed in Django 2.0.)