Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· cleechtech

Set up drf to play well with angular templates

Create an app with django rest framework (drf) that uses angular.js on the frontend. This app will be built from the django-drf-starter-project. If you are curious about how the django-drf-starter-project was built you can view the tutorial here.

The full source code is here

Let's get started

Create the project

$ git clone
$ mv django-drf-starter-project django-drf-angular-starter-project
$ cd django-drf-angular-starter-project

This downloads the code from part one and renames the project to angular name.

Set up virtual environment

$ source ~/.bash_profile
$ mkvirtualenv django-drf-angular-starter-project # OR $ workon django-drf-angular-starter-project if you've already created the virtual environment
$ lsvirtualenv
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

On my computer I have to source .bash_profile. I'm lazy and haven't fixed this. Hopefully you have virtualenvwrapper set up properly on your own machine. The last step installs django and django rest framework from requirements.txt.

Modify view

In the views last time we used django templates, now we want angular to handle the front end. Django will provide one template (jsframework/templates/jsframework/base.html). The rest of our frontend code will be stored in jsframework/static/templates. Angular will access this using ui-router.

Send the base template

from django.shortcuts import render

def index(request):
return render(request, 'jsframework/base.html')

Then in base.html modify it to load angular and use angular views. Delete the django template tags, add:

<html ng-app='drf-angular'>


<div ui-view></div>

<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>

Write angular

don't get carried away

Create an app, routes and a controller:

var app = angular.module('drf-angular', [

app.config(function($stateProvider, $urlRouterProvider){
        .state('home', {
            url: '/',
            templateUrl: '/static/templates/home.html',
            controller: 'MainCtrl'


app.controller('MainCtrl', function($scope){
    $scope.test = "I come from the angularz";

All of our angular templates will live in jsframework/static/templates. Reference them using the path specified in templateUrl.

All our routing will have /#/. Also we have not invented any models or serializers, but we've set up a server and handling angular on the frontend.

The full source code is here