Generating renditions in Python

Rendered versions of original images generated by the Wagtail {% image %} template tag are called “renditions”, and are stored as new image files in the site’s [media]/images directory on the first invocation.

Image renditions can also be generated dynamically from Python via the native get_rendition() method, for example:

newimage = myimage.get_rendition('fill-300x150|jpegquality-60')

If myimage had a filename of foo.jpg, a new rendition of the image file called foo.fill-300x150.jpegquality-60.jpg would be generated and saved into the site’s [media]/images directory. Argument options are identical to the {% image %} template tag’s filter spec, and should be separated with |.

The generated Rendition object will have properties specific to that version of the image, such as url, width and height, so something like this could be used in an API generator, for example:

url = myimage.get_rendition('fill-300x186|jpegquality-60').url

Properties belonging to the original image from which the generated Rendition was created, such as title, can be accessed through the Rendition’s image property:

>>> newimage.image.title
'Blue Sky'
>>> newimage.image.is_landscape()

See also: Using images in templates