Describes how to use Pipeline when it is installed and configured.


Pipeline includes two template tags: stylesheet and javascript, in a template library called pipeline.

They are used to output the <link> and <script>-tags for the specified CSS/JavaScript-groups (as specified in the settings). The first argument must be the name of the CSS/JavaScript group.

When settings.DEBUG is set to True the use of these template tags will result in a separate tag for each resource in a given group (i.e., the combined, compressed files will not be used), in order to make local debugging easy. When settings.DEBUG is set to False the opposite is true. You can override the default behavior by setting settings.PIPELINE['PIPELINE_ENABLED'] manually. When set to True or False this enables or disables, respectively, the usage of the combined, compressed file for each resource group. This can be useful, if you encounter errors in your compressed code that don’t occur in your uncompressed code and you want to debug them locally.

If you need to change the output of the HTML-tags generated from the templatetags, this can be done by overriding the templates pipeline/css.html and pipeline/js.html.


If you have specified the CSS-groups “colors” and “stats” and a JavaScript-group with the name “scripts”, you would use the following code to output them all

{% load pipeline %}
{% stylesheet 'colors' %}
{% stylesheet 'stats' %}
{% javascript 'scripts' %}

Collect static

Pipeline integrates with staticfiles, you just need to setup STATICFILES_STORAGE to


Then when you run collectstatic command, your CSS and your javascripts will be compressed in the same time

$ python collectstatic


Pipeline 1.2+ no longer provides its own cache-busting URL support (using e.g. the PIPELINE_VERSIONING setting) but uses Django’s built-in staticfiles support for this. To set up cache-busting in conjunction with collectstatic as above, use


This will handle cache-busting just as staticfiles‘s built-in CachedStaticFilesStorage does.


To enable HTML compression add pipeline.middleware.MinifyHTMLMiddleware, to your MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES settings.

Ensure that it comes after any middleware which modifies your HTML, like GZipMiddleware


Cache manifest

Pipeline provide a way to add your javascripts and stylesheets files to a cache-manifest via Manifesto.

To do so, you just need to add manifesto app to your INSTALLED_APPS.


Pipeline also includes Jinja2 support and is used almost identically to the Django Template tags implementation. You just need to pass pipeline.jinja2.PipelineExtension to your Jinja2 environment:

    'BACKEND': 'django.template.backends.jinja2.Jinja2',
    'DIRS': [],
    'APP_DIRS': True,
    'OPTIONS': {
        'environment': 'myproject.jinja2.environment',
        'extensions': ['pipeline.jinja2.PipelineExtension']


Unlike the Django template tag implementation the Jinja2 implementation uses different templates, so if you wish to override them please override pipeline/css.jinja and pipeline/js.jinja.