Model support


django-meta provides a mixin to handle metadata in your models.

Actual data are evaluated at runtime pulling values from model attributes and methods.

To use it, defines a _metadata attribute as a dictionary of tag/value pairs;

  • tag is the name of the metatag as used by meta.html template
  • value is a string that is evaluated in the following order:
    • model method name called with the meta attribute as argument
    • model method name called with no arguments
    • model attribute name (evaluated at runtime)
    • string literal (if none of the above exists)

If value is False or it is evaluated as False at runtime the tag is skipped.

To use this mixin you must invoke as_meta() on the model instance for example in the get_context_data().


as_meta() accepts the request object that is saved locally and is available to methods by using the get_request method.

Public interface

ModelMeta.get_meta(request=None): returns the metadata attributes definition. Tipically these are set in _metadata attribute in the model;

ModelMeta.as_meta(request=None): returns the meta representation of the object suitable for use in the template;

ModelMeta.get_request(): returns the request object, if given as argument to as_meta;

ModelMeta.get_author(): returns the author object for the current instance. Default implementation does not return a valid object, this must be overidden in the application according to what is an author in the application domain;

ModelMeta.build_absolute_uri(url): create an absolute URL (i.e.: complete with protocol and domain); this is generated from the request object, if given as argument to as_meta;


  1. Configure django-meta according to documentation

  2. Add meta information to your model:

    from django.db import models
    from meta.models import ModelMeta
    class MyModel(ModelMeta, models.Model):
        name = models.CharField(max_length=20)
        abstract = models.TextField()
        _metadata = {
            'title': 'name',
            'description': 'abstract',
  3. Push metadata in the context using as_meta method:

    class MyView(DetailView):
        def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
            context = super(MyView, self).get_context_data(self, **kwargs)
            context['meta'] = self.get_object().as_meta(self.request)
            return context
  4. Include meta/meta.html template in your templates:

    {% load sekizai_tags %}
    <html {% render_block 'html_extra' %}>
        {% include "meta/meta.html" %}


  • For Google+ support you must add {% render_block 'html_extra' %} in your template to add object type definition. See relevant Google+ snippets documentation (
  • For OpenGraph / Facebook support, edit your <head> tag to use meta_namespaces templatetags

Reference template

See below the basic reference template:

{% load sekizai_tags meta %}

<html {% render_block 'html_extra' %}>
<head {% meta_namespaces %}>
    {{ meta.og_description }}
    {% include "meta/meta.html" %}
{% block content %}
{% endblock content %}