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' %}

Form Media

Django forms and widgets can specify individual CSS or JavaScript files to include on a page by defining a Form.Media class with css and js attributes.

Pipeline builds upon this by allowing packages to be listed in css_packages and js_packages. This is equivalent to manually including these packages in a page’s template using the template tags.

To use these, just have your form or widget’s Media class inherit from pipeline.forms.PipelineFormMedia and define css_packages and js_packages. You can also continue to reference individual CSS/JavaScript files using the original css/js attributes, if needed.

Note that unlike the template tags, you cannot customize the HTML for referencing these files. The pipeline/css.html and pipeline/js.html files will not be used. Django takes care of generating the HTML for form and widget media.


from django import forms
from pipeline.forms import PipelineFormMedia

class MyForm(forms.Form):

    class Media(PipelineFormMedia):
        css_packages = {
            'all': ('my-styles',)
        js_packages = ('my-scripts',)
        js = ('',)

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 at 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.