Material Dashboard - Open-Source Django Project

Open-source Seed project crafted in Django on top of a modern Bootstrap 5 design from Creative-Tim - Material Dashboard Django.

Main page of Material Dashboard, an open-source seed project powered by Django
Material Dashboard - Free Django Template

Hello! This article presents an open-source Django Seed project crafted on top of a modern Bootstrap 5 design: Material Dashboard Django. This free product can be used to bootstrap faster a new dashboard project without coding the basic features like authentication and deployment and also might be useful for beginners to learn how to structure a production-ready project in Django.  Thanks for reading!

VR Page provided by Material Dashboard Django, an open-source seed project crafted by AppSeed and Creative-Tim.
Material Dashboard - VR Page

How to use the product

Probably the fastest way to start the product locally is via Docker. Django Material Dashboard comes pre-configured to be executed in Docker by typing a few commands in the terminal. For newcomers, Docker is a popular virtualization software used to build and deliver safer and faster digital products.

Step #1 - Clone the sources from the public directory

$ git clone
$ cd django-dashboard-material 
Django Material Dashboard - Clone Sources

Step #2 - Start in Docker

$ docker-compose pull   # download dependencies 
$ docker-compose build  # execute local set up
$ docker-compose up     # start the app in Docker
Django Material Dashboard - Start in Docker

Once all the above commands are executed, we should be able to visit the app in the browser http://localhost:85. By default, the app redirects the users to authenticate. Once we register a new user and successfully authenticate, we can interact will all pages provided by the starter.

Login page provided by Material Dashboard Django, an open-source seed project crafted by AppSeed and Creative-Tim.
Material Dashboard - Login page

Product Features

The codebase comes with a simple, intuitive structure that aims to help any developer bootstrap fast a new project.  

  • ✨ Up-to-date dependencies: Django 3.2.6 LTS
  • SCSS compilation via Gulp
  • ✨ UI Kit: Material Dashboard - v3.0.0 (Bootstrap 5 Version)
  • ✨ Persistence: SQLite Database, Django Native ORM
  • ✨ Session-Based Authentication, Forms validation
  • ✨ Deployment scripts: Docker, Gunicorn / Nginx

Codebase structure
   |-- core/                          # Implements app configuration
   |    |--               # Defines Global Settings
   |    |--                   # Start the app in production
   |    |--                   # Define routing rules
   |-- apps/
   |    |
   |    |-- home/                     # App that servers HTML Pages
   |    |-- authentication/           # Handles auth routes 
   |    |    |--              # Define authentication routes  
   |    |    |--             # Handles login and registration    |    |    |--                  # Define auth forms 
   |    |
   |    |-- static/
   |    |    |-- <css, JS, images>    # CSS files, Javascripts files
   |    |
   |    |-- templates/                # Templates used to render pages
   |         |-- includes/            # HTML chunks and components
   |         |-- layouts/             # Master pages
   |         |-- accounts/            # Authentication pages
   |         |-- home/                # UI Kit Pages
   |              |-- index.html      # Index page
   |              |-- 404-page.html   # 404 page
   |              |-- *.html          # All other pages
   |-- requirements.txt               # Development modules - SQLite storage
   |-- .env                           # Inject Configuration via Environment
   |--                      # Start the app
   | *************************************************
Django Material Dashboard - Codebase Structure

Material Dashboard - Design Info

The design used by this product is crafted and released for free by Creative-Tim, a well-known agency and active player in the open-source ecosystem. Here is the official product information, recently updated to use Bootstrap 5.

Material Dashboard 2 is built with over 60 frontend individual elements, like buttons, inputs, navbars, nav tabs, cards, or alerts, giving you the freedom of choosing and combining. All components can take variations in color, which you can easily modify using SASS files and classes.

Example Pages - If you want to get inspiration or just show something directly to your clients, you can jump-start your development with our pre-built example pages. You will be able to quickly set up the basic structure for your web project.

Designed for those who like bold elements and beautiful websites, Material Dashboard 2 is ready to help you create stunning websites and web apps.
Material Dashboard 2 - Official Product Image.

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