To use Django Active Link in a project, add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:


IMPORTANT: Django Active Link requires that the current request object is available in your template’s context. This means you must be using a RequestContext when rendering your template, and django.core.context_processors.request must be in your TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS setting. See [the documentation]( for more information.

To use the active_link template tag you need to load active_link_tags templatetags library:

{% load active_link_tags %}

To add an active CSS class to a link when the request path matches a given view just do something like this.

<a href=”{% url ‘view-name’ %}” class=”{% active_link ‘view-name’ %}”>Menu item</a>

You can even add the active class when the request path matches multiple views. Just pass the view names separated by a pipe (||) as first argument to the active_link tag.

<a href=”{% url ‘view-name’ %}” class=”{% active_link ‘view-name || view-sub-name’ %}”>Menu Item</a>

You can also match views that take arguments. For example:

<a href=”{% url ‘view-name’ %}” class=”{% active_link ‘view-name-with-args’ pk=12 slug=’simple-slug’ %}”>Menu item</a>

Replace view-name with the name of your view (including namespaces).