Django URL Redirect

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Django URL Redirect

How can I redirect traffic that doesn’t match any of my other URLs back to the home page?

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^$', 'macmonster.views.home'),
    #url(r'^macmon_home$', 'macmonster.views.home'),
    url(r'^macmon_output/$', 'macmonster.views.output'),
    url(r'^macmon_about/$', 'macmonster.views.about'),
    url(r'^.*$',  'macmonster.views.home'),

As it stands, the last entry sends all “other” traffic to the home page but I want to redirect via either an HTTP 301 or 302.

Asked By: felix001


Answer #1:

You can try the Class Based View called RedirectView

from django.views.generic.base import RedirectView

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^$', 'macmonster.views.home'),
    #url(r'^macmon_home$', 'macmonster.views.home'),
    url(r'^macmon_output/$', 'macmonster.views.output'),
    url(r'^macmon_about/$', 'macmonster.views.about'),
    url(r'^.*$', RedirectView.as_view(url='<url_to_home_view>', permanent=False), name='index')

Notice how as url in the <url_to_home_view> you need to actually specify the url.

permanent=False will return HTTP 302, while permanent=True will return HTTP 301.

Alternatively you can use django.shortcuts.redirect

Update for Django 2+ versions

With Django 2+, url() is deprecated and replaced by re_path(). Usage is exactly the same as url() with regular expressions. For replacements without the need of regular expression, use path().

from django.urls import re_path

re_path(r'^.*$', RedirectView.as_view(url='<url_to_home_view>', permanent=False), name='index')
Answered By: dmg

Answer #2:

In Django 1.8, this is how I did mine.

from django.views.generic.base import RedirectView

url(r'^$', views.comingSoon, name='homepage'),
# whatever urls you might have in here
# make sure the 'catch-all' url is placed last
url(r'^.*$', RedirectView.as_view(pattern_name='homepage', permanent=False))

Instead of using url, you can use the pattern_name, which is a bit un-DRY, and will ensure you change your url, you don’t have to change the redirect too.

Answered By: KhoPhi

Answer #3:

If you are stuck on django 1.2 like I am and RedirectView doesn’t exist, another route-centric way to add the redirect mapping is using:

(r'^match_rules/$', 'django.views.generic.simple.redirect_to', {'url': '/new_url'}),  

You can also re-route everything on a match. This is useful when changing the folder of an app but wanting to preserve bookmarks:

(r'^match_folder/(?P<path>.*)', 'django.views.generic.simple.redirect_to', {'url': '/new_folder/%(path)s'}),  

This is preferable to django.shortcuts.redirect if you are only trying to modify your url routing and do not have access to .htaccess, etc (I’m on Appengine and app.yaml doesn’t allow url redirection at that level like an .htaccess).

Answered By: Blaine Garrett

Answer #4:

The other methods work fine, but you can also use the good old django.shortcut.redirect.

The code below was taken from this answer.

In Django 2.x:

from django.shortcuts import redirect
from django.urls import path, include

urlpatterns = [
    # this example uses named URL 'hola-home' from app named hola
    # for more redirect's usage options:
    path('', lambda request: redirect('hola/', permanent=True)),
    path('hola/', include('hola.urls')),
Answered By: bombs

Answer #5:

Another way of doing it is using HttpResponsePermanentRedirect like so:


def url_redirect(request):
    return HttpResponsePermanentRedirect("/new_url/")

In the

url(r'^old_url/$', "website.views.url_redirect", name="url-redirect"),
Answered By: sirFunkenstine

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