Storing and serving

Wagtail follows Django’s conventions for managing uploaded files. For configuration of FileSystemStorage and more information on handling user uploaded files, see User Uploaded Files.

File storage location

Wagtail uses the STORAGES["default"] setting to determine where and how user-uploaded files are stored. By default, Wagtail stores files in the local filesystem.

Serving documents

Document serving is controlled by the WAGTAILDOCS_SERVE_METHOD method. It provides a number of serving methods which trade some of the strictness of the permission check that occurs when normally handling a document request for performance.

The serving methods provided are direct, redirect and serve_view, with redirect method being the default when WAGTAILDOCS_SERVE_METHOD is unspecified or set to None. For example:


Content types

Wagtail provides the WAGTAILDOCS_CONTENT_TYPES setting to specify which document content types are allowed to be uploaded. For example:

    'pdf': 'application/pdf',
    'txt': 'text/plain',

Inline content types

Inline content types can be specified using WAGTAILDOCS_INLINE_CONTENT_TYPES, are displayed within the rich text editor.

For example:

WAGTAILDOCS_INLINE_CONTENT_TYPES = ['application/pdf', 'text/plain']

File extensions

Wagtail allows you to specify the permitted file extensions for document uploads using the WAGTAILDOCS_EXTENSIONS setting.

It also validates the extensions using Django’s FileExtensionValidator. For example:


Document password required template

Wagtail provides the DOCUMENT_PASSWORD_REQUIRED_TEMPLATE setting to use a custom template when a password is required to access a protected document. Read more about Private pages.

Here’s an example:

DOCUMENT_PASSWORD_REQUIRED_TEMPLATE = 'myapp/document_password_required.html'