In your models

django-bleach provides three ways of creating bleached output. The simplest way of including user-editable HTML content that is automatically sanitised is by using the BleachField model field:

# in app/

from django import models
from django_bleach.models import BleachField

class Post(models.Model):

    title = models.CharField()
    content = BleachField()

BleachField takes the following arguments, to customise the output of bleach.

See the bleach documentation for their use:

  • allowed_tags
  • allowed_attributes
  • allowed_protocols
  • strip_tags
  • strip_comments
  • css_sanitizer

The following argument will be deprecated in the near future:

  • allowed_styles

In addition to the bleach-specific arguments, the BleachField model field accepts all of the normal field attributes. Behind the scenes, it is a TextField, and accepts all the same arguments as TextField.

The BleachField model field sanitises its value before it is saved to the database and is marked safe so it can be immediately rendered in a template without further intervention.

In model forms, BleachField model field are represented with the BleachField form field by default.

In your forms

A BleachField form field is provided. This field sanitises HTML input from the user, and presents safe, clean HTML to your Django application and the returned value is marked safe for immediate rendering.

Usually you will want to use a BleachField model field, as opposed to the form field, but if you want, you can just use the form field. One possible use case for this set up is to force user input to be bleached, but allow administrators to add any content they like via another form (e.g. the admin site):

# in app/

from django import forms
from django_bleach.forms import BleachField

from app.models import Post

class PostForm(forms.ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = Post

        fields = ['title', 'content']

    content = BleachField()

The BleachField form field takes exactly the same arguments as the BleachField model field above.

In your templates

If you have a piece of content from somewhere that needs to be printed in a template, you can use the bleach filter:

{% load bleach_tags %}

{{ some_unsafe_content|bleach }}

It uses the ALLOWED_TAGS setting in your application, or optionally, bleach can pass tags:

{% load bleach_tags %}

{{ some_unsafe_content|bleach:"p,span" }}

If you have content which doesn’t contain HTML, but contains links or email addresses, you can also use the bleach_linkify filter to convert content to links:

{% load bleach_tags %}

{{ some_safe_content|bleach_linkify }}