How to get the domain name of my site within a Django template?


How do I get the domain name of my current site from within a Django template? I’ve tried looking in the tag and filters but nothing there.

Asked By: mog



I think what you want is to have access to the request context, see RequestContext.

Answered By: phsiao

If you want the actual HTTP Host header, see Daniel Roseman’s comment on @Phsiao’s answer. The other alternative is if you’re using the contrib.sites framework, you can set a canonical domain name for a Site in the database (mapping the request domain to a settings file with the proper SITE_ID is something you have to do yourself via your webserver setup). In that case you’re looking for:

from django.contrib.sites.models import Site

current_site = Site.objects.get_current()

you’d have to put the current_site object into a template context yourself if you want to use it. If you’re using it all over the place, you could package that up in a template context processor.

Answered By: Carl Meyer

Complementing Carl Meyer, you can make a context processor like this:

from django.conf import settings

def site(request):
    return {'SITE_URL': settings.SITE_URL}


SITE_URL = '' # this will reduce the Sites framework db call.


templates returning context instance the url site is {{ SITE_URL }}

you can write your own rutine if want to handle subdomains or SSL in the context processor.

Answered By: panchicore

The variation of the context processor I use is:

from django.contrib.sites.shortcuts import get_current_site
from django.utils.functional import SimpleLazyObject

def site(request):
    return {
        'site': SimpleLazyObject(lambda: get_current_site(request)),

The SimpleLazyObject wrapper makes sure the DB call only happens when the template actually uses the site object. This removes the query from the admin pages. It also caches the result.

and include it in the settings:


In the template, you can use {{ site.domain }} to get the current domain name.

edit: to support protocol switching too, use:

def site(request):
    site = SimpleLazyObject(lambda: get_current_site(request))
    protocol = 'https' if request.is_secure() else 'http'

    return {
        'site': site,
        'site_root': SimpleLazyObject(lambda: "{0}://{1}".format(protocol, site.domain)),
Answered By: vdboor

I’ve discovered the {{ request.get_host }} method.

Answered By: danbruegge

You can use {{ protocol }}://{{ domain }} in your templates to get your domain name.

Answered By: Erwan

I use a custom template tag. Add to e.g. <your_app>/templatetags/

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
from django import template
from django.contrib.sites.models import Site

register = template.Library()

def current_domain():
    return 'http://%s' % Site.objects.get_current().domain

Use it in a template like this:

{% load site %}
{% current_domain %}
Answered By: Dennis Golomazov
from django.contrib.sites.models import Site
if Site._meta.installed:
    site = Site.objects.get_current()
    site = RequestSite(request)
Answered By: Muneeb Ahmad

Similar to user panchicore’s reply, this is what I did on a very simple website.
It provides a few variables and makes them available on the template.

SITE_URL would hold a value like
SITE_PROTOCOL would hold a value like http or https
SITE_PROTOCOL_URL would hold a value like or
SITE_PROTOCOL_RELATIVE_URL would hold a value like //


from django.conf import settings

def site(request):


    SITE_PROTOCOL = 'http'
    if request.is_secure():
        SITE_PROTOCOL = 'https'


    return {
        'SITE_URL': settings.SITE_URL,



Then, on your templates, use them as {{ SITE_URL }}, {{ SITE_PROTOCOL }}, {{ SITE_PROTOCOL_URL }} and {{ SITE_PROTOCOL_RELATIVE_URL }}

Answered By: Julián Landerreche

Quick and simple, but not good for production:

(in a view)

    request.scheme               # http or https
    request.META['HTTP_HOST']    #
    request.path                 # /some/content/1/

(in a template)

{{ request.scheme }} :// {{ request.META.HTTP_HOST }} {{ request.path }}

Be sure to use a RequestContext, which is the case if you’re using render.

Don’t trust request.META['HTTP_HOST'] in production: that info comes from the browser. Instead, use @CarlMeyer’s answer

Answered By: Edward Newell

I know this question is old, but I stumbled upon it looking for a pythonic way to get current domain.

def myview(request):
    domain = request.build_absolute_uri('/')[:-1]
    # that will build the complete domain:
Answered By: misterte

{{ request.get_host }} should protect against HTTP Host header attacks when used together with the ALLOWED_HOSTS setting (added in Django 1.4.4).

Note that {{ request.META.HTTP_HOST }} does not have the same protection. See the docs:


A list of strings representing the host/domain names that this Django site can serve. This is a security measure to prevent HTTP Host header attacks, which are possible even under many seemingly-safe web server configurations.

… If the Host header (or X-Forwarded-Host if USE_X_FORWARDED_HOST is enabled) does not match any value in this list, the django.http.HttpRequest.get_host() method will raise SuspiciousOperation.

… This validation only applies via get_host(); if your code accesses the Host header directly from request.META you are bypassing this security protection.

As for using the request in your template, the template-rendering function calls have changed in Django 1.8, so you no longer have to handle RequestContext directly.

Here’s how to render a template for a view, using the shortcut function render():

from django.shortcuts import render

def my_view(request):
    return render(request, 'my_template.html', context)

Here’s how to render a template for an email, which IMO is the more common case where you’d want the host value:

from django.template.loader import render_to_string

def my_view(request):
    email_body = render_to_string(
        'my_template.txt', context, request=request)

Here’s an example of adding a full URL in an email template; request.scheme should get http or https depending on what you’re using:

Thanks for registering! Here's your activation link:
{{ request.scheme }}://{{ request.get_host }}{% url 'registration_activate' activation_key %}
Answered By: S. Kirby

What about this approach? Works for me.
It is also used in django-registration.

def get_request_root_url(self):
    scheme = 'https' if self.request.is_secure() else 'http'
    site = get_current_site(self.request)
    return '%s://%s' % (scheme, site)
Answered By: user9434062

In a Django template you can do:

<a href="{{ request.scheme }}://{{ request.META.HTTP_HOST }}{{ request.path }}?{{ request.GET.urlencode }}" >link</a>
Answered By: Dos

If you use the "request" context processor, and are using the Django sites framework, and have the Site middleware installed (i.e. your settings include these):



… then you will have the request object available in templates, and it will contain a reference to the current Site for the request as You can then retrieve the domain in a template with:


and the site name with:

Answered By: user85461

You can use request.build_absolute_uri()

By default, it will return a full path.

But if you pass in a parameter like this:


This would return the domain name.

Answered By: Kyle.Ng

I figure what we want is an alternative to the existing url tag, so I wrote a new tag:

from django.template import Library
from django.urls     import reverse

@register.simple_tag(takes_context = True)
def fullURL(context, name, *args, **kwargs):
    request = context['request']
    return f'{request.scheme}://{request.get_host()}{reverse(name, args = args, kwargs = kwargs)}'

Then in your template you can have this…

{% extends "myapp/email/email_base.html" %}

{% load mytags %} {# Replace mytags with whatever the name of your custom tags calss is. #}

{% block content %}
<p>You can use <a href="{% fullURL 'signup' %}">this link</a> to get started with your account. We look forward to seeing you soon!</p>
{% endblock content %}

Then when you generate this, you just need to remember to pass the request into the context, like so…

from django.template.loader import render_to_string

def sendEmail(subject, to, template, **context):
    html = render_to_string(f'myapp/email/{template}.html', context | {'subject': subject})
    # ... and so on with the rest of my function for sending email...
Answered By: ArtOfWarfare

As alluded to in @furins response there may be issues with proxy servers. I found this myself when using Apache and uWSGI – request.get_host or request.build_absolute_uri would return the proxy host (…).

However, someone has helpfully posted a guide to fixing this:

Although this is a relatively old answer, it is still relevant to django 3.2 and python 3.9.

Just in case the answer disappears in the future, here is the gist of it:

# Setup support for proxy headers


<VirtualHost *:443>
    RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto 'https' env=HTTPS

    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /

With these settings request.get_host and request.build_absolute_uri reference the client requested host and not the proxy host.

Answered By: typonaut

These below can get a full url and parts of url:

def myview(request):
    # http://localhost:8000/admin/store/product/

    # http://localhost:8000/

    # http://localhost:8000

    # http

    # localhost:8000

    # /admin/store/product/
Answered By: Kai – Kazuya Ito
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