This tutorial will walk you through an example that introduces key operations and concepts in Neapolitan. It assumes basic familiarity with Django.

The tutorial will build a dashboard for a set of software projects.

Prepare a new Django project

Install Django and Neapolitan into your environment (a virtual environment, preferably):

pip install django neapolitan

Start a new Django project:

django-admin startproject dashboard

In the new project directory, create a projects application:

python manage.py startapp projects

In projects/models.py, define a Project:

class Project(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    owner = models.CharField(max_length=200)
    has_tests = models.BooleanField()
    has_docs = models.BooleanField()

    NA = "na"
    PLANNED = "PL"
    STARTED = "ST"
    DONE = "DO"
    BLOCKED = "BL"

        (PLANNED, "Planned"),
        (STARTED, "Started"),
        (FIRST_RESULTS, "First results"),
        (MATURE_RESULTS, "Mature results"),
        (DONE, "Done"),
        (DEFERRED, "Deferred"),
        (BLOCKED, "Blocked"),
        (INACTIVE, "Inactive"),

    status = models.CharField(

    last_review = models.DateField(null=True, blank=True)

    def is_at_risk(self):
        return self.status in {self.BLOCKED, self.INACTIVE}

    def __str__(self):
        return self.name

Then add the project, the projects module and Neapolitan to the beginning of INSTALLED_APPS in settings.py:


Create migrations, and run them:

python manage.py makemigrations
python manage.py migrate

Wire up the admin; in projects/admin.py:

from .models import Project


and create a superuser:

python manage.py createsuperuser

Finally, start the runserver and in the admin, add a few Project objects to the database.

Wire up Neapolitan views

Neapolitan expects to extend a base template (its own templates use {% extends "base.html" %} so you’ll have to provide one at dashboard/templates/base.html:

{% block content %}{% endblock %}

And at the end of dashboard/urls.py:

from neapolitan.views import CRUDView

import projects

class ProjectView(CRUDView):
    model = projects.models.Project
    fields = ["name", "owner", "last_review", "has_tests", "has_docs", "status"]

urlpatterns += ProjectView.get_urls()

At this point, you can see Neapolitan in action at /project/ (e.g. It won’t look very beautiful, but you’ll see a table of objects and their attributes, along with options to change their values (which will work - you can save changes).

Next steps

The default templates use TailwindCSS classes, for styling. You will need to integrate TailwindCSS into Django. There is more than one way to do this. The method described here, from Tailwind’s own documentation, is explicitly not recommended for production.

Turn your base.html into a more complete template, and note the <script> element:

<!doctype html>
         <meta charset="UTF-8">
         <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
         <script src="https://cdn.tailwindcss.com"></script>
         {% block content %}{% endblock %}

You notice that the page is now rendered rather more attractively.

See also

You can find more detailed information on using Tailwind with Django here: Integrate TailwindCSS into Django.