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How do I output HTML in a message in the new Django messages framework?

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I’m trying to display a bit of html in a message that’s being displayed via the new Django messages framework. Specifically, I’m doing this via the ModelAdmin.message_user method, which is just a thin wrapper around messages():

def message_user(self, request, message):
    Send a message to the user. The default implementation
    posts a message using the django.contrib.messages backend.
    messages.info(request, message)

Everything I’ve tried so far seems to display escaped HTML.

self.message_user(request, "<a href=\"http://www.google.com\">Here's google!</a>")

Doesn’t work, nor does:

from django.utils.safestring import mark_safe
self.message_user(request, mark_safe("<a href=\"http://www.google.com\">Here's google!</a>"))

The display of the template code in the admin base.html template is pretty straightforward:

    {% if messages %}
    <ul class="messagelist">{% for message in messages %}<li>{{ message }}</li>{% endfor %}</ul>
    {% endif %}

So I’m not exactly sure what I am doing wrong.

Thoughts or guidance greatly appreciated, thanks!


Another option is to use extra_tags keyword arg to indicate that a message is safe. Eg

messages.error(request, 'Here is a <a href="/">link</a>', extra_tags='safe')

then use template logic to use the safe filter

{% for message in messages %}
    <li class="{{ message.tags }}">
    {% if 'safe' in message.tags %}{{ message|safe }}{% else %}{{ message }}{% endif %}
{% endfor %}


As noted in the following Django ticket, it should work if you use mark_safe() in combination with the SessionStorage backend: https://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/14976#comment:9


Have you tried {{ message | safe }}?

In the Django template system template variables are always escaped, unless you specify them as safe with the safe filter. This default makes even the unaware protected against an injection attack.

I’m not sure how that interacts with mark_safe, but perhaps something happened in between that made it unsafe again.


I was looking for a way to use unescaped HTML in an admin listing. Not sure if this applies to the messages framework, but using allow_tags as described here helped me.