Django 1.6 urls.defaults compatibility work-around

ImportError: No module named defaults

Getting this error on your under-maintained third party django apps? First go bug the maintainer with a pull request removing the defaults in

from django.conf.urls.defaults import *
# should be
from django.conf.urls import *

After that you can work around the issue if you don’t feel like forking the app. Just copy their file into your application then import that urls file instead.

For example let’s say you want to use django-ckeditor. Copy their file into your project. Maybe call it and remove “defaults”

Now in your project’s change:

(r'^ckeditor/', include('ckeditor.urls')),
# change to
(r'^ckeditor/', include('mystuff.ckeditor_urls')),

Once the 3rd party app fixes their app you can just revert this change.

By David

I am a supporter of free software and run Burke Software and Consulting LLC. I am always looking for contract work especially for non-profits and open source projects. Open Source Contributions I maintain a number of Django related projects including GlitchTip, Passit, and django-report-builder. You can view my work on gitlab. Academic papers Incorporating Gaming in Software Engineering Projects: Case of RMU Monopoly in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (2008)

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