How to Access Constants from Django in Templates

In Django, the file serves as a central configuration hub for your web application. Its common to define constants, such as site information, API keys, or other configuration variables, in this file. But can you access these constants in your templates? In this blog post, we’ll explore how to access constants defined in Django from your templates and discuss best practices. .

Using Constants in

Constants defined in Django’s are usually set as an attributes of the settings module. Here an example of how you can define a constant in


MY_CONSTANT = "Hello from!"

Accessing Constants in Templates

To access constants from your templates, you can use the {{ settings }} template variable. Here’s how you can do it:

<!-- my_template.html -->

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>My Page</title>
    <p>{{ settings.MY_CONSTANT }}</p>

In this example, we use {{ settings.MY_CONSTANT }} to access the MY_CONSTANT constant defined in When you render template, the constants value will be displayed in the HTML.

Considerations and Best Practices

  1. Use Constants Sparingly: While its convenient to access constants in templates do so sparingly. Keep the use of settings-related constants to a minimum in templates, as they are primarily intended for application-wide configuration.
  2. Context Processors: If you find yourself needing multiple constants from across many templates, consider using the context processor. A context processor can make these constants available to all your templates without repeating the code.
  3. Security: Avoid exposing sensitive information, such as API keys or secrets, in templates. Instead, use Django’s built-in mechanisms for managing secrets securely.
  4. Documentation: It’s a good practice to document the purpose and usage of constants defined in so that other developers working on the project understand their role.
  5. Testing: When using constants in templates, make sure to include appropriate tests to verify that the templates display the expected values.

Accessing constants defined in Django’s from templates is possible and can be useful for displaying configuration-related information. By following best practices you can ensure that your templates remain clean and maintainable while still leveraging the power of configuration constants from your settings.