Audit log

Wagtail provides a mechanism to log actions performed on its objects. Common activities such as page creation, update, deletion, locking and unlocking, revision scheduling and privacy changes are automatically logged at the model level.

The Wagtail admin uses the action log entries to provide a site-wide and page specific history of changes. It uses a registry of ‘actions’ that provide additional context for the logged action.

The audit log-driven Page history replaces the revisions list page, but provide a filter for revision-specific entries.


The audit log does not replace revisions

To provide additional Page logging for your site or package, invoke the log_action() manager method via PageLogEntry.objects.log_action(object_instance, action) and register a register_log_actions hook to describe your action (see register_log_actions).


When adding logging, you need to log the action or actions that happen to the Page. For example, if the user creates and publishes, there should be a “create” entry and a “publish” entry. Or, if the user copies a published page and chooses to keep it published, there should be a “copy” and a “publish” entry for new page.

You can provide additional metadata by passing additional parameters:

  • user - a user object.
  • data - a data dictionary, stored as JSON
  • title - by default, Wagtail will attempt to use get_admin_display_title or the string representation of the passed object.
# mypackage/
from wagtail.core.models import PageLogEntry

def copy_for_translation(page):
    # ...

def my_method(request, page):
    # ..
    # Manually log an action
    data = {
        'make': {'it': 'so'}
        instance=page, action='mypackage.custom_action', user=request.user, data=data

To log actions for your non-page model, you can create a class that inherits from BaseLogEntry with the appropriate linking.

Log actions provided by Wagtail

Action Notes
wagtail.create The page was created
wagtail.edit A draft was saved
wagtail.delete The page was deleted. Will only surface in the Site History for administrators
wagtail.publish The page was published
wagtail.publish.schedule Draft is scheduled for publishing
wagtail.publish.scheduled Draft published via publish_scheduled_pages management command
wagtail.schedule.cancel Draft scheduled for publishing cancelled via “Cancel scheduled publish”
wagtail.unpublish The page was unpublished
wagtail.unpublish.scheduled Page unpublished via publish_scheduled_pages management command
wagtail.lock Page was locked
wagtail.unlock Page was unlocked
wagtail.moderation.approve The revision was approved for moderation
wagtail.moderation.reject The revision was rejected
wagtail.rename A page was renamed
wagtail.revert The page was reverted to a previous draft
wagtail.copy The page was copied to a new location
wagtail.move The page was moved to a new location
wagtail.view_restriction.create The page was restricted
wagtail.view_restriction.edit The page restrictions were updated
wagtail.view_restriction.delete The page restrictions were removed
wagtail.workflow.start The page was submitted for moderation in a Workflow
wagtail.workflow.approve The draft was approved at a Workflow Task
wagtail.workflow.reject The draft was rejected, and changes requested at a Workflow Task
wagtail.workflow.resume The draft was resubmitted to the workflow
wagtail.workflow.cancel The workflow was cancelled