Django pattern library

A module for Django that helps you to build pattern libraries and follow the Atomic design methodology.


At the moment, the main focus is to allow developers and designers
use exactly the same Django templates in a design pattern library
and in production code.

There are a lot of alternative solutions for building
pattern libraries already. Have a look at Pattern Lab and
Astrum, for example.
But at Torchbox we mainly use Python and Django and
we find it hard to maintain layout on big projects in several places:
in a project's pattern library and in actual production code. This is our
attempt to solve this issue and reduce the amount of copy-pasted code.


Documentation is located here.

How to install

  1. Add pattern_library into your INSTALLED_APPS:

        # ...
        # ...
  2. Add pattern_library.loader_tags into the TEMPLATES setting. For example:

            'BACKEND': 'django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates',
            'DIRS': [],
            'APP_DIRS': True,
            'OPTIONS': {
                'context_processors': [
                'builtins': ['pattern_library.loader_tags'],

    Note that this module only supports the Django template backend out of the box.

  3. Set the PATTERN_LIBRARY_TEMPLATE_DIR setting to point to a template directory with your patterns:

    PATTERN_LIBRARY_TEMPLATE_DIR = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, 'project_styleguide', 'templates')

    Note that PATTERN_LIBRARY_TEMPLATE_DIR must be available for
    template loaders.

  4. Include pattern_library.urls into your urlpatterns. Here's an example

    from django.apps import apps
    from django.conf.urls import url, include
    urlpatterns = [
        # ... Your URLs
    if apps.is_installed('pattern_library'):
        urlpatterns += [
            url(r'^pattern-library/', include('pattern_library.urls')),